Aadhi has gone the mass way after the thriller ‘Eeram’. In ‘Ayyanaar’, produced by P L Thenappan, directed by Rajamithran, he plays an angry young man on revenge mode.
Rajamithran has chosen a family-story laced with love, care and fun. A sibling feud with thrill as its backdrop is what the movie is all about.
As like any other mass masala, it begins in a village and ends up in city with bloodbath.
Aadhi has Santhanam giving him company and as usual the comedian comes up with rib-tickling one-liners. Meera Nandan plays Aadhi’s ladylove. Then there are host of baddies with whom Aadhi has to settle scores with.
Prabha (Aadhi) is the elder son of the family and he does nothing but spending all his time with his friends. He is chided by his father for that. Being a volleyball player comes to his rescue as he finds a part-time job as a volleyball coach in a women’s college.
His younger brother works in a television channel and Prabha is often compared to him by the family, which incurs his wrath. The siblings cross swords with each other. One day the younger brother is killed and the blame falls on Prabhu.
He is on the run and soon joins a goonda working as a henchman to an influential politician (Mahadevan). Pabha goes on a killing spree killing one after another in the gang. Finally a flashback reveals that they were the reason for his brother’s death.
Aadhi does the lead role with ease. Unlike ‘Mirugam’ and ‘Eeram’, he has more scope to perform. He is at his best in action sequences. He has a ‘kuthu’ number and a couple of duets too.
Meera Nandhan has limited scenes which she uses well. At a time when glamour is buzzword in Kollywood, Meera Nandhan is right there playing a homely girl. Santhanam is entertaining only in parts.
‘Pithamagan’ Mahadevan oozes venom in the role while Jayaprakash plays a caring father. Music by Thaman is good and ‘Paniye Paniye…’ is the pick of the album.
Rajamithran seems to have laced right commercial elements all through the film. The first half begins on a slow note and the story picks up momentum as it progresses.
Cinematography by Sethu Sriram deserves a special mention. All said, the movie has some clichéd portions and a sense of deja vu prevails at many places.
Banner: Sri Rajalakshmi Films
Cast: Aadhi, Meera Nandan
Production: P L Thenappan