Yennai Arindhaal Review
After several postponements, Ajith’s Yennai Arindhaal has finally hit the screens. One of the biggest movie events of the year was unveiled for the viewing pleasure today. Expectations were high for this most awaited film, which boasts of popular stars Trisha, Anushka Shetty, Arun Vijay in important roles. The film also features Suman, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vivekh and Nasser, who makes a special appearance. Gautham’s penchant for repeating his actors seems to extend to his music as well. Harris Jayaraj composed the music after a good 6 years gap. AM Ratnam who has bankrolled this film is reportedly being said as Ajith’s best film in recent years who joined hands with Gautham Menon for the first time. With all these factors, did the film live upto the hype and hoopla?
Well, Yennai Arindhaal does live up to the expectations and certainly becomes a satisfying ride for its variety in providing no-holds barred entertainment. Ajith’s terrific screen presence and dialogue delivery, the menacing villains, smart writing, charismatic cast and action are smartly packaged by director. Gautham Menon has anew crafted a tale on his favourite theme- “Another episode in a police officer’s life“. It is a way of saying that this cop story with Ajith Kumar is a nothing but a trilogy to the classics Kaakha Kaakha and Vettaiyadu Vilayadu. At a basic level,Yennai Arindhaal is a director’s movie in which the actor has put in a brilliant performance, rather than being a ‘Ajith Kumar‘ movie directed by Gautham Menon. Yennai Arindhaal is a gritty endeavour that ventures into excruciating details about the world of kidnapping people for organ transplantation with a Gautham Menon stamp written all over . Simple, elegant and classy but richly crafted to keep you tuned to the screen – ‘Yennai Arindhaal is an interesting story in a neatly narrated screenplay which has its moments to cherish. To perceive the simple story that has been penned down and well executed neat screenplay is quite a task, and Gautham has perhaps added the right amount of salt and pepper to make the film a merry to watch and have fun. Having done 2 cop movies already, Gautham Menon must have known his duty to make Yennai Arindhaal a fresh and different experience varying from the both as well as to come up with an intriguing outing. Regrettably he could not show variety as most of the sequences and the characters remind us of his previous cop films. But, he has tried to stay true to his script and has gone about executing it methodically. And once again Gautham has portrayed women in a dignified and respectful way which is praiseworthy. The first half of the film takes a lot of time to gain pace but towards the middle, the momentum picks up and after the interval, Gautham Menon shifts gears and we are shown us the way to experience some goosebumps moments and action. The contribution of screenplay writers Thiagarajan Kumararaja and Sridhar Raghavan are widely felt for their writing in action sequences in second half.
Coming to the cast, Ajith is unarguably one of the most stylish and talented actors in the industry. As usual, Ajith is at his histrionic best with his mass screen presence. He is definitely the lynchpin of the movie. The movie literally pivots around this great man called Sathyadev, a fierce and brave police officer. His acting, dance, action, dialogues(including cuss words), emotional sentiments have worked largely. Hats off Ajith for taking up this film which is more of a character driven film than a film that relies only on mass factor. We get to see a new dimension of Ajith with his varied impressive makeovers, incredible energy he has exhibited! His action sequences in this movie are definitely noteworthy, the emotional bond with the girl kid Anikha is something that we must have never imagined of and are sure to be talked about for some time. Ajith and Trisha are pairing for the 4th time and no wonder we get to see a crackling chemistry on screen. Trisha is absolutely gorgeous and captivating as Hemanika, given a limited role, she has great importance in the narration of the story. The romantic track between Ajith and Trisha is engaging because it’s mature, simple and the director nails it right. Silence convey so much more than irreverent banter, and romance is conveyed through their conversations, eyes and longing expressions. The credit goes to its lead pair who invests sincerity and genuine enthusiasm while playing their roles. Anushka Shetty’s role does not have much to say as her role is poorly etched but she follows her own style and a beauty to admire on screen. Vivek in his usual elements has impressed with his one liners with a lot of subtlety. To counter attack a fierce and brave Sathyadev, Arun Vijay as the mean Victor is terrific as the deadly villain. He delivered a career best performance, his body language and overshadowing Ajith Kumar in a few scenes are whisteworthy. Arun Vijay in the second half is a highlight and there is one phone conversation sequence featuring him and Ajith, which is sure to grip the audiences. Great work on this segment particularly. The supporting cast chipped in perfectly and did justice to their roles.
From the technical viewpoint, Yennai Arindhaal is sound. One of the key selling points of the film is the way Harris Jayaraj has worked on this film for both songs and the background score thats indeed meritorious. The songs ‘Adhaaru Adhaaru’, ‘Mazhai Vara Pogudhe’ and ‘Unakkenna‘ are easily the best visually which gel along the flow of narration barring few. For an action thriller, by understanding the situations, Harris has delivered a cracker of a background score that elevates the mood with the Yennai Arindhaal theme track. Sleek editing by Anthony would have been better, stunning action sequences choreographed by Silva, appears realistic, and the impressive visuals captured by cinematographer Dan are some of the highlights of the film. He has canned each frame with passion. And all the nuances and emotions have been captured just in the right light.
On the flip side, Yennai Arindhaal does hold a few noticeable drawbacks that Gautham Menon and the script team should have concentrated. The entire story of the film is being narrated in a leisurely pace with a couple of songs that partially go out of sync in second half. This makes it drag in parts, which tends to kill the excitement. The movie boasts of an ensemble cast and team and Gautham having already said that Yennai Arindhaal will be a simple story, the shallow detailing in the characterizations of Trisha and Anushka (and even Arun Vijay, probably) are let downs. Why, how or who is the reason behind Trisha’s pregnancy. How/Why does Arun Vijay get into the jail? Why does Daniel Balaji come for a single scene that has zero significance? Also, another setback is the film apparently appears to be a rehash of “Kaakha Kaakha” and “Vettaiyadu Vilayadu” which makes the film predictable.
All said, however, on the whole, Gautham Menon has successfully completed the COP TRILOGY with Yennai Arindhaal that strikes a balance between style, substance and identity. After 3 clinkers, this is a comeback of sorts for Gautham who is back to square one. The movie is definitely worth your money, if you choose to ignore some of the apparent glitches in the movie. It is definitely a triumph of sorts for Gautham, Ajith and AM Ratnam, who have gone through innumerable hitches in getting the movie released finally today. The director with his simple story yet with an enrapturing presentation has able to construct an engrossing actor like Ajith–driven thriller with panache for the most part.
Go watch it for Thala!