Miruthan – Indian, 2016 – overview and reviews

 
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Miruthan is a 2016 Indian Tamil science fiction zombie horror film written and directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan. It stars Jayam Ravi and Lakshmi Menon in the leading roles. Advertised as India’s first zombie film in Tamil, Miruthan was released on 19 February 2016.

Plot:

A stray dog becomes violent, after being exposed by toxic fumes, then bites a security guard. The security guard becomes a zombie momentarily and starts a chain of human infections via bites…

Karthik (Jayam Ravi) is a traffic officer in Ooty who avoids from any danger as he has to take care of a younger sister in her early teens. He is in love with a Doctor Renuka (Lakshmi Menon) but never proposes as all their meetings end up putting him in a bad light and to complicate things Renuka is already engaged to be married.

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As the zombie infection spreads throughout the city, Karthik and Renuka team up with a few others to move to the adjoining metro city to find a vaccine for the infection…

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Review:

“A few of the zombie portions work — the initial one involving a dog, the interval block when a hoard of zombies take over the van carrying the protagonists, and the climax, which has a superb set-up, at least on paper. Even though the execution is off, the haunting song that Imman provides for this moment, Mirutha Mirutha, hits us hard, and makes us care for the lead pair.” Times of India

“Where the film succeeds, I think, unexpectedly, is that it both exemplifies and transcends regional entertainment by telling a universally popular story that includes locally acceptable tropes without alienating potential outside audiences.” Twitch

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“While the film has been marketed as a ‘zombie’ film, it fits nowhere into that definition except for the inclusion of zombie-like creatures. The storyline is not novel nor convincing. It is amateurish. It is just another Tamil film masquerading as a zombie film.” dna India

Cast and characters:

  • Jayam Ravi as Karthik
  • Lakshmi Menon as Renuka
  • Sriman as Mall Security
  • R. N. R. Manohar as Minister
  • Kaali Venkat as Chinamalai
  • Anikha Surendran as Vidya
  • Jeeva Ravi as Chief Doctor
  • Crane Manohar as Wedding Broker
  • Amit Bhargav as Naveen

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