Ethir Neechal is one of those films where the first and second halves are vaguely connected. The film oscillates between a cliched romantic-comedy and a sports movie at regular intervals only to appear like an inspired version of Simon Pegg’s Run, Fatboy, Run.
The first half of the story revolves around college going Sivakarthikeyan, who is always ridiculed by his friends for his funny sounding name. Tired of always being mocked at, he decides to choose a different moniker with the hope that things would be better.
Guess what, life does take an unexpected turn for our hero. People start treating him with respect and he even finds himself a girlfriend. However, what follows is a completely different second half, which explains why our hero out of the blue decides to run a marathon. By the end of the film, you ask yourself what was the connection between the first and the second half?
The film starts off like every other romantic-comedy with adequate amount of comedy and drama, but there’s hardly anything spectacular to rave about, including the story.
At some junctures it seems to be inspired by the Simon Pegg film, especially in the second half. The English movie was about a guy, who once jilted his fiancée, decides to run a marathon to win her back. Here, we see a guy running a marathon to prove something that he couldn’t all his life.
Most sports films have a tendency to glorify our hero to the heights of a champion even before winning, and that’s precisely what you see in the film. To add to the woes, we have a bad guy even in the sports arena.