Direction : Sundar C.
Production : Avni Cinemax
Starring : Siddharth, Sundar C., Trisha, Hansika Motwani, Poonam Bajwa, Soori
Music : Hiphop Tamizha
Cinematography : U. K. Senthil Kumar
Editing : N. B. Srikanth
Sundar C in this new installment of Aranmanai sequel comes up with yet another potboiler that has more stereotypical moments with predictable events. But again, he has some magic created in few episodes that lets the audiences applaud and yes, you’re offered a clear result – A commercial masala film that could gratify the rural and sub-urban audiences.
Welcome to the palace of horror and supernatural realms. This time, we see Sundar C as a documentary filmmaker capturing the forest life. He comes to meet his younger sister Trisha, who is about to marry Siddarth. Siddarth’s father Radharavi is hit by a paranormal being and is in coma and one after the other mysterious things start haunting the palace. It’s up to Sundar C to unveil the mystery behind these happenings forms crux of the story.
One thing that is so clear about the film is that Sundar C has prepared the audiences so much before entering the theatres. They know what they are going to be bestowed with and yes, they get to enjoy it all. Remember one thing! They are so much prepared that they aren’t bothered about the logic missing and their rational thinking takes a break for next couple of hours. Sundar C has segmented the film into equal quotients of unlimited glamour (yes, you have three gorgeous ladies always flexing their beauty – Trisha and Poonam Bajwa, sparring Hansika Motwani who manages to score some interesting spell). The songs aren’t completely engaging though, but the sizzling appearance of Trisha in the first song would surely offer the gratification for front benchers. Party with the Pei we see during the final credits is quite engrossing and the climax song featuring Khushboo Sundar in adoration of Goddess Amman has been very well shot with grandeur. Cinematography is completely jarring with disturbing tones and grading. Editing is so much abrupt that you’re left discombobulated.
Hansika Motwani appears merely for 20 minutes and yes, she plays a ghost again, but her characterization has been extended with some prominence. Her emotional quotients are done decorously. Siddarth is seen deplorable all the time and has nothing to perform in this film and it looks like he has been utilized Trisha appears for no reason other than skin show and her makeover too looks flimsy. Poonam Bajwa has been completely used for glamorous purpose. Of course, she tries to get some scope by the latter half. Sundar C as a paranormal investigator is okay, but nothing special. When it comes to humour, the film doesn’t get on pars with the first installment. The performance by Soori, Kovai Sarala and Manobala is too irking in places, though it might impress the rural audiences. Radharavi gets to manage his portions efficiently.
1. Huge star-cast acts like crowd puller
2. Comedy in few portions
3. Art work
What doesn’t work?
1. Same old formulae of Aranmanai
2. Jarring noise effects
Aranmanai 2 might not be a favourite of elite audiences, but it could easily get away with some favours from B and C centres, who aren’t concerned about anything, but to just sit back and relax their show for some time.
Verdict : Ready to watch ‘Aranmanai’ second time with new star-cast?
Rating : 4.5/10
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