Kirumi (Virus)

Part of India’s New Wave
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Dir. Anucharan Murugaiyan. 2015, 98 mins. DCP. In Tamil with English subtitles. With Kathir, Charlie, Reshmi Menon. First-time director Murugaiyan delivers a riveting, white-knuckle thriller from a script co-written with rising-star Tamil filmmaker M. Manikandan (The Crow’s Egg). Their collaboration is a fine example of Tamil cinema's recent emergence as a force on the world stage. Kathir, an irresponsible young man full of get-rich-quick ideas and little follow-through, stumbles through life with the support of his loving wife and enabler friends. After a night in jail, he uses his knowledge of the city's illegal activities to gain favor with the Chennai cops, starting a new career as a top police informant. Kathir uses his newfound power to orchestrate a raid on some criminals who embarrassed him in the past, but this only compromises his hidden identity and endangers his loved ones—the harsh consequences of tattling on the city's most ruthless gangsters.

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