An 80 something Karuppu Durai (Mu Ramaswamy), from Kallupatti, in Virudhunagar, falls into a coma and is bed ridden for months. The family of KARUPPU DURAI decides to perform the ritual called thalaikoothal – a kind of euthanasia for the aged. As the family is discussing, the bearded KARUPPU DURAI wakes up from the coma and overhears the discussion. KARUPPU DURAI flees and boards a bus. He lands up near a temple and the 80 year old depressed, bored with life who gave away everything he had to his children who are now planning is death is waiting for his sad end. A lively character an eight year old orphan boy Kutty (Naga Vishal) raised by a kindly priest from the temple which gave KARUPPU DURAI his lunch is introduced. The orphan vegetarian Kutty strikes a divine chord with the mutton biryani loving KARUPPU DURAI and a rare camaraderie between an 8 and 80 is experienced where the childlike innocence, brotherhood, friendship, love, life and longing gets a new meaning.
Actor Mu Ramaswamy as Karuppu Durai has utilized the scope of the character and has totally scored to the maximum. He has put his experience to full use which is clearly evident on screen. Tamil cinema audience who fell in love with Raj Kiran’s eating style, from now on will love Mu Ramaswamy’s Biriyani eating style despite Karthi’s Biriyani eating style in the recent entertainer Kaithi. Even Nagavishal, the young boy with full of energy has delivered a fabulous performance. He does not seem to have any sort of camera fear and seems like a quality find for Tamil cinema. The rest of the cast of the film has also given their best performance.
On the technical front, cinematographer Meyyendiran Kempuraj’s colorful frames have captures the raw beauty of the rural village and their festivals. Music Director Karthikeya Murthy’s music elevates the emotional moments as well as adds life to the lighter moments.
Director Madhumitha Sundararaman’s attempt to proceed with such a storyline deserves to be commended also, her decision to go with not so familiar face with confidence. In times when film makers talk about the need for spin chilling twists in plots, grand VFX and fantasy elements, Madhumitha Sundararaman’s KD Engira Karuppu Durai once again proves that simple yet honest film can win the hearts of people.