An usual game on different pitch

Reviews 20-Dec-2010 4:20 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

When romantic flicks don’t work out at its best, choose the other way around. Sakthi picks this way as ‘Aattanayagan’ lets him get-go with a different shade. His previous films were plain breezy romantic movies that didn’t earn him much prominence. ‘Aattanayagan’ produced by Lakshmi Movie Makers marks the debut directorial of Krishna Ram.

The film revolves around Lingam (Sakthi), a happy-go-lucky youngster hailing from a good family. He earns the wrath of his family elders for deliberately stirring up troubles. Adding up more to his problem is that his elder brother Chandran (Aditya) haps to be a successful software entrepreneur in Hyderabad. On series of occasions, Lingam and Radhika (Ramya Nambeesan) fall in love. As the situation demands, Chandran agrees to marry Indira (Meera Vasudevan) so that her younger sister Radhika and Lingam have no hurdles for marriage. Soon after marriage, Indira moves to Hyderabad only to learn that Chandran is a big time don there. What unfolds next is a short flashback that reveals the reason behind Chandran’s life turning upside down. Now Lingam leaps down to make situations better and get back his brother to lead a normal life.

Krishna Ram is clear about his idea. Start off his directorial venture with the safest bet. Many filmmakers fail to make better on this attempt. But Krishna Ram crafts a screenplay with some neat narration. If he had approached certain mass heroes, he would’ve got a tick on this script. Nothing much to analyze on the actors as the characterizations are so normal. Sakthi tries working on different arenas to the best, but has to improve a lot in emoting. Aditya is perfect as before while Nasser sleepwalks through his character. Ramya Nambeesan is too odd for a commercial movie. She can better try her luck with some exceptional roles as it would help gain more prominence in career. Meera Vasudevan has been wasted. The actress has the ability to deliver a powerful performance, but doesn’t get enough footage. Santhanam’s comedy tracks are just okay.

Srikanth Deva’s musical score is disappointing while other technical departments haven’t done the best job.

Krishna Ram has put aside the logical values and has concentrated on giving a tight screenplay that works in places.

The film can probably look out for some good collections for the next one week before the release of big ticket ‘Manmadhan Ambu’. But with a tough contender like ‘Easan’, it should barge in for vigorous promotions for claiming success.

What works: Screenplay, Krishna Ram, Aditya, Sakthi, second half

What doesn’t work: Too many sentiments, Ramya Nambeesan, Meera Vasudevan, Technical department.

Verdict: An usual game on different pitch

Production: Lakshmi Movie Makers

Direction: Krishna Ram

Star-casts: Sakthi, Ramya Nambeesan, Aditya, Meera Vasudevan, Santhanam, Nasser, ‘Lollu Sabha’ Jeeva, Ravi Khale and others.

Music: Srikanth Deva

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