Sabash, Vignesh! Now you are on the right path and hopefully will continue to make it good in your career.
The story locale and field of murders is a salt quarry in Tuticorin. The man looks very much a villain. Vignesh chops him up and hangs him, and tells his wife (who is shown lying down) that he has killed him as per her wishes, and laughs eerily.
Vignesh wreaks vengeance on all the bad men in town, killing them in gory ways. When one comes to know before the interval that his dear wife whom he speaks to is actually a corpse, the urge to visit the canteen disappears in nausea.
The film continues with a flashback. Vignesh's beloved wife Lakshana dares to speak out against the villains who kill an officer's family for not favoring them with a contract. That's it. Immediately, Lakshana is also killed brutally. The till now harmless Vignesh turns into a vengeful machine. Without disposing off his wife's body, he sets out on avenging her death and whether he achieves his aim or not, forms the rest of the briskly narrated story.
Vignesh should have got the offer for 'Sethu.' It escaped him for unknown reasons and he lost the opportunity to turn into a frontline hero. This offer has come his way after 10 years and in many frames of 'Esha' we can see Vignesh is also aware of this, especially in the climax scene where he single handedly routs out the baddies in blood curdling vendetta. Hard working heroes are never forsaken in Tamil cinema. If only the shades of 'Pithamagan' had been avoided, even this drawback would not have been visible.
Lakshana has given a good performance and Tamil cinema should make note of her. The newcomer playing villain has also acted reasonably well. MS Bhaskar, Lollu Sabha Manohar and Subburaj provide some relaxing moments.
At a time when path breaking new directors are being welcomed with a red carpet, director Bala Ganesa must be congratulated too. His choice of new locales and hard work shows his dedication.
Stunts by Dragon Singhli, cinematography by RB Balaganesh, music by Haran all show newcomers technicians but it is laudable that they have all given of their best.
Despite some drawbacks, 'Esha' jolts you.
Hard work of director and technicians
Some scenes reminiscent of 'Kudaikkul Mazhai' and 'Kaadhalil Vizhundein'