Directed by : Gautham Menon
Production : Shri Sai Raam Creations
Starring : Ajith Kumar, Anushka Shetty, Trisha Krishnan, Arun Vijay, Parvathy Nair, Vivek
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography : Dan Macarthur
Editing : Anthony
What’s so different from previous films of Ajith Kumar and how different is it from yesteryear works of Gautham Menon? That’s the first and foremost question that strikes up the expectation radar before you walk into theatres for Yennai Arindhaal. Incisively, it is nowhere different from the usual style of Gautham Vasudev Menon and if you’re looking up for Ajith Kumar, it’s a brand new avatar that you would have not seen throughout the career. Yes, Ajith Kumar has played some challenging roles as father and more emotional avatars, but this one overshadows his previous records. Very rarely actors project the essence of fatherhood, lover boy and a serious cop. But blending together everything, Ajith Kumar surpasses with stunning show.
Sathya Dev (Ajith Kumar) has been a honest cop right throughout his career, but now is an ex-cop. Situations pushes to wear back the Kaaki shoes and strike back to save the society from critical situation, especially Thenmozhi (Anushka Shetty), an innocuous girl in danger, which she is unaware about. With hidden past haunting his memories, Sathya Dev has nothing left in life except to settle the old scores that remain pending.
It’s not so newfangled story and hundreds of this genre have occurred before in time. Moreover, it is nowhere different from Gautham Menon’s previous ones in the trilogy of cop stories – Kaakha Kaakha and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. A tale of romance, action, thriller, revenge and finally a happy ending is his entire films boast and this one combines the pre-existing methodologies with a fantastic spell of top-notch performances, screenwriting and appreciable technical aspects. The first half, which touches a-90 minute mark looks quite lengthy, but with some enjoyable moments. Gautham Vasudev Menon brings everything completely in first half and you start wondering before the intermission, when every seems finished, what’s next? The second half brings up some surprises and the last half an hour is power-paced one bringing the extreme efforts of Ajith Kumar and Arun Vijay on the screens. Their final words of confrontations over the phone spangle up the theatres in complete applause. As the rarest of cases, this is the one among the first few films of Ajith Kumar to have an emotional punch of lump on throats during the intermission.
Precisely on dot, it’s a classic touch of Gautham Vasudev Menon with his screenplay (not to miss the special script consultants like Sridhar Raghavan and Thiyagarajan Kumararaja). It’s been a real long time that Harris Jayaraj had delivered a decent background score and with Yennai Arindhaal he revamps his status and so are his songs. Dan Mc Arthur’s cinematography is cool and stunningly done and Editor Antony has chosen some new pattern of editing.
Ajith Kumar pushes the bar of his performance to next level in his career. The way he presents himself as a father, lover boy and an infuriated honest cop is awe inspiring. He never minds to accept his age factor, which many wouldn’t openly admit on the screens. But again, it would be better if can completely avoid the dance moments. Fans love him without it and why should he strain if it isn’t his cup of coffee. Trisha’s role is new dimensional inspiration for many actresses that they need not be occurring throughout the film, but their minimal appearance with strong characterisation is more than enough to pull the strings of success. Although the entire plot is set around Anushka, she doesn’t get to perform anywhere to a greater extent. Arun Vijay becomes the absolute showstopper. It’s rare that sometimes antagonists enhance the power of protagonists. It happens now with Arun Vijay’s mind-boggling performance, more specifically during the last few minutes. Vivek doesn’t just evoke ‘Thanga Pooshpam’ comedy, but has some significant visual appearance. Daniel Balaji is a huge disappointment for such a great actor wasted. Parvathy Nair is good and surprising with her role.
1. Racy and gripping second half
2. Best performances of Ajith Kumar and Arun Vijay.
3. The episodes involving Ajith, Trisha and baby Anika
4. Music, cinematography and editing.
What doesn’t work?
1. Nothing new in the basic plot
2. Slightly snail-paced first half
3. Lacks twists that are essential for a thriller.
Although this film might not be something new in the career of Gautham Menon’s directorial list, it’s a pleasant surprise that how come directors hadn’t utilised or offered such promising roles to Ajith Kumar and he steals the show with more emotions.
Verdict: AN ENGROSSING ACTION PACKED EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE.
Rating : 5.5/10
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