Gautham Karthik’s Ivan Thanthiran is an okayish film that may keep you entertained for the most part if you can suppress your ability of critical thinking for a couple of hours. It is directed by Kannan and also stars Shraddha Srinath and RJ Balaji. In Ivan Thanthiran, Sakthi, played by Gautham Karthik, is an engineer who runs a gadget shop with his friend Balaji, played by RJ Balaji in Chennai.
There are three issues that collectively haunt Tamil Nadu right now – corruption, poor college education and IT jobs. You can pick any person off the road and question them about these issues and you can listen to a bucket load of exasperation. Unless, of course, the person happens to be a state board student who got their NEET results…in which case, you should leave them alone.
RJ Balaji hails the decision but a realistic Gautham says students would be the ones suffering from this move. Unfortunately for them, the minister’s brother-in-law hears this, refuses to pay them and even takes away their bike. This, our reverse engineers decide, necessitates revenge.
The director has also tried to show the difficulties the students and their families go through at engineering colleges. He has achieved it with the time-honoured tradition of making a top student from a humble family commit suicide. But, showing an award-winning engineering student, with the potential of becoming a scientist, waiting tables at a restaurant for a salary of Rs 12,000 is a bit of a stretch.