Critics Review


A Clear Winner!

Except for a few parts that are conveniently placed and lacked depth, the film is a surprise package that finely handles women empowerment and family drama with vastly enjoyable humour, and also has an underlying emotion.(more)

Source: Ashwin Ram, MovieCrow


An entertaining, progressive rural comedy that's a throwback to the '90s

But what makes this tale a contemporary touch is the women empowerment angle, which starts right with the characterisation of the heroine. Right from a strong introduction scene to one of the whistle-worthy mass-y interval blocks of the year, Keerthi (Aishwarya Lekshmi, making the most of her first proper commercial movie heroine role) gets many moments that are usually reserved for the hero in our films. That said, the character gets sidelined and has very little to do in the second half, with the focus shifting to Veera (Vishnu Vishal, who gamely plays the 'dummy piece' and lets himself become the butt of jokes) realising the error of his ways and getting a chance to prove his courage. Thankfully, Chella Ayyavu doesn't valourise the hero's comeback (save for an overlong, almost pointless kusthi sequence in the climax, with a villain who is a walking clich�), but uses these sequences to talk about the gender inequality in our society. That he manages to do this not with preaches, but with laughs and hard-hitting lines (India-la mattum family kooda fight pannitu aprom dhaan ponnunga opposite team players-a fight pannanum) is his success.(more)

Source: Suganth, Times Of India


Go for this fun filled commercial entertainer that has its heart in the right place

What works best in 'Gatta Kusthi' is the entertaining first half that moves like a breeze with several comedic situations. The interval punch where Aishwarya Lekshmi fights the villains is as impactful as a mass hero film moment. The concept of the titular sport and the role reversal of the typical hero heroine sequences are quite fresh to Tamil cinema. The scene where the men discuss the insignificance of women in their lives and the women doing the same though cliched is enjoyable. The climax fight between the hero and the villain is choreographed well.(more)

Source: IndiaGlitz,


Vishnu Vishal's film is a lighthearted family drama, Aishwarya Lekshmi shines

ven though Vishnu Vishal plays the hero, this film actually belongs to Aishwarya Lekshmi, who�s effortless in a role that gives her so much scope to showcase her full acting potential. She also gets a well-choreographed action sequence which is nothing short of one of the best whistle-worthy moments of the film. Karunas gets a solid comic character after a long time and he�s brilliant in some of the key scenes of the movie.(more)

Source: Haricharan Pudipeddi, Hindustan Times


This effective comedy needed more sensitivity

In the final act of Gatta Kusthi, Veera pressurises a wrestling committee to conduct a bizarre face-off that go against the rule book. The supervising committee member calmly says, �Rules kedakkudhu sir, audience enjoy panranga la, adhu podhum!� I really wish the director didn�t adopt the same stand while writing humour that seems antithetical to the central theme.(more)

Source: Navein Darshan , Indian Express


Gatta Kusthi's performances and comedy treatment will entertain the family audiences.

Gatta Kusthi's story premise and treatment has a lot of potential to impress the family audiences, you can watch Gatta Kusthi once for the efforts of Aishwarya Lekshmi and Vishnu Vishal.(more)

Source: Behindwoods,


Chella Ayyavu's Movie Offers a Welcome Change to the Rural Drama Template

Even though the movie approaches the interval block in a convincing way, the second half isn�t smooth. A conflict between the husband and wife is inevitable, and Chella Ayyavu opts for certain impractical tracks to reach the climax. Even though a lot of the events that are happening in the second half are slightly on the over-the-top side, Ayyavu manages to give a particular purpose to all those things, which somewhere makes you forgive the formulaic predictable nature of the film. Aishwarya Lekshmi looked convincing as a wrestler, but I wished the fight sequences featuring her got the same amount of swagger we see in fights featuring a male star.(more)

Source: Aswin Bharadwaj, Lenmenreviews