Dharma Durai Movie Review: A decent family entertainer

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Vijay Sethupathi’s Dharmadurai movie poster

Dharma Durai is a latest Tamil movie directed by Seenu Ramasamy. The movie features Vijay Sethupathi and Tamannaah in the lead roles, with Aishwarya Rajesh and Srushti Dange, Radhika Sarathkumar, Ganja Karuppu in supporting roles. The movie was produced by R. K. Suresh and featuring music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Cinematography handled by M. Sukumar and edited by Kasi Viswanathan.


Vijay Sethupathi as Dharmadurai
Tamanna as Subhashini
Aishwarya Rajesh as Anbuselvi
Srushti Dange as Stella
Radhika Sarathkumar as Pandiamma, Vijay Sethupathi’s Mother
M.S. Bhaskar as Aishwarya Rajesh’s Father
Ganja Karuppu as Gopal
Soundarraja as Archunan, Vijay Sethupathi’s Brother
Arul Dass as Vijay Sethupathi’s Brother
E. Ramadoss as Retired Constable


The movie starts with Dharma Durai an alcoholic and having an embarrassment to his three brothers played by Soundarraja, Arul Dass and a new actor, whom running the family chit fund business. Only his mother Pandiamma (Radhika Sarathkumar) showing cares on him. When Dharma decides to telling the villagers about his brothers cheating, they decided to finishing him off. At this crucial moment, pandiamma helps him to escape and Dharma runs away unknowingly with a bag full of money. He goes straight to the Madurai Medical College, which he studied in search of his close friends Stella (Srushti Dange) and her best friend Subashini (Tamanna). Why Dharma become an alcoholic and why there is so much of hatred between the brothers are told through a flashback, and how he meets his old friend’s is the rest of the story.


Vijay Sethupathi has once again delivered a good performance. Be it a lover boy, an alcoholic and a medical student, he has absolutely nailed them all.

Tamanna gets a role which has exposed her acting prowess and she has done a fairly good job. Aishwarya Rajesh simply lived as a village girl, she might go on to capture many hearts. Shrusti Dange’s performance also good but her role is insignificant to the story.

Radhika Sarathkumar as Vijay’s mother once again delivers a power-packed performance like her recent movies Theri and Nanum Rowdy Dhan. While all the other actors including Rajesh, M.S. Bhaskar and Ganja Karuppu have done a neat job.


The Yuvan Shankar Raja – Vairamuthu combo has given some soulful songs and Yuvan’s background music is a big plus for the film. M. Sukumar’s camera effectively captures the scenic beauty of the rural.

Seenu Ramasamy’s dialogues are razor-sharp and adds solidity to the film. But he is little bit lacked on characterization and screenplay.

Overall, Dharma Durai is a decent family entertainer, and can be watched once.