Director Radhamohan, who is known for his feel-good breezy entertainers is back again with his next film, 60 Vayadu Maaniram starring Prakash Raj, Vikram Prabhu, Samuthirakani, and Indhuja in the lead roles. Bankrolled by Kalaippuli S Thanu, this film is the official remake of the Kannada film Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu.
As the trailer suggests, this film is about a 60-year-old man Govindarajan (Prakash Raj), who goes missing from a care center due to Alzheimer's disease. Govindarajan's son Shiva (Vikram Prabhu) has his own share of blame for the happening of this unfortunate incident. Along with the care center's chief doctor Archana (Indhuja), Shiva sets out in search of his father. Meanwhile, Govindarajan accidentally runs into a killer (Samuthirakani), who has already committed a murder. Does Shiva find his father and whether he was alive is what forms the rest of the plot.
Prakash Raj easily scores the best out of the whole cast, as an innocent old man with the thoughts and characteristic features of a child. He makes the entire mood of the scene look so lively, with his effortless acting. One fine example would be the scene where he narrates his teenage love story to Indhuja. It is good to see the actor inside Vikram Prabhu come out beautifully with a subtle performance. He brings out the feelings of a son, who genuinely realizes and feels bad for missing his father. Samuthirakani as a local goon with grey shades, also adds his versatility to this film.
Kumaravel, who happens to be part of Radhamohan's regular cast, delivers his casual best by bringing out timely laughter with his one-liners. Indhuja is a valuable addition to the casting, who does her job pretty well. She shows a great sense of promise.
The film takes you through the lives of various people with different characteristics, yet maintains its natural flavor and breeziness. Each character commits a mistake at some point in their life and how Govindarajan's influence on them, makes them realize their mistakes is beautifully picturized. 60 Vayadu Maaniram is high on the emotions and the most beautiful part here is that there is no melodrama or preachiness in the screenplay.
The emotions are handled in a matured way, which happens to be Radhamohan's forte. The film spreads the positivity of life to its audience through the characterization of Govindarajan, with stories like 'Life is Beautiful', 'Vella Naai Karuppu Naai', and a few more.
On the downside, the film doesn't have any major high points, and with the slow pace, a section of the audience might feel less engaged. The entire portion revolving around Samuthirakani and his gang do not blend naturally with the core knot of the movie. Also, the said portions lack the depth and end up being flat with negligible impact. Also, climax looked hurried.
Ilaiyaraaja's music and MS Vivek's cinematography are functional for the film's mood and the screenplay. TS Jai's editing is neat and allows the screenplay to move smoothly. Director Radhamohan has done a fair job in executing this family drama in his own style, with his trademark touches.
With interesting writing for Samuthirakani's portions and an engaging screenplay, 60 Vayadu Maaniram could have looked a lot more complete.