Yennai Arindhaal (Tamil); Ajith Makes It Work: Film Review
On Feb 05, 2015
|Gautham Vasudev Menon enjoys celebrity status in South India. It is something which he has earned by bringing out trend setting movies like ‘Kaka Kaka’, ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ and ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’. His latest flick ‘Yennai Arindhaal’ was a much awaited one, not just because it is a Gautham Menon movie also since it has the immaculate screen presence of Ajith Kumar.
Gautham Menon returns to his familiar forte of ‘tough-cop’ tale. Considering his past success with this genre, you would expect him to do it well. But all is not well.
The film revolves around an extremely tough and dedicated police officer named Satyadev. It shows the life of Satyadev from his childhood to middle age, mainly dealing with his life as a cop. Storyline or, more specifically, relevant portions of the plot has unmistakable similarity to his earlier police movies, ‘Kaka Kaka’ and ‘Vetayaadu Vilayaadu’.
It seems Gautham Menon got confused on whether to turn it into an outright police story which he knows very well how to do or an action packed Ajith entertainer. Ultimately, he ends up making neither of them. You have Satydev doing some pretty good investigation which usually ends up in the clichéd showdowns where he ravages goons. In between you have the not-so-happy personal life of the tough cop. Nevertheless, it’s an entertaining affair although taking out a couple of songs could have improved the pace of the movie.
Dialogues are great and there are some impressive one-liners. Ajith is the heart and soul of this film. He steals the show as Satyadev, devil personified for criminals yet a caring, loving person for friends and relatives. It’s a controlled performance from him. Arun Kumar excels as the ruthless Victor. There isn’t much space for the fairer sex apart from an interesting cameo by Trisha. Anushka Shetty has nothing much to offer.
Technically ‘Yennai Arindhaal’ is superb. Being an action flick, there are quite a few fight sequences and all of them are extremely well choreographed. Kudos to Selva stunt! Dan MacArthur, the Australian cinematographer, has done a great job with the frames. Background score by Harris Jayarajan is compelling but the songs are not up to the mark.
‘Yennai Arindhaal’ is nowhere near Gautham Menon’s best. But there is plenty for Ajith fans. For others, I would suggest a one-time watch.
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