Expectations and hopes were high on filmmaker K S Ravikumar especially after the stupendous hit 'Dasavatharam'. The director who is considered a man with the Midas touch in Kollywood, has tried to live up to all expectations in 'Aadhavan'. He succeeds in his attempts partially.
'Aadhavan' is nothing but a rehash of several yesteryear flicks but the USP is the racy script by Ravikumar, who mesmerises the audience with quick narration. Though it is one of the regular mainstream commercial cinema, what sets it part from other films is that Suriya dons the protagonist.
One of the young breed of actors, he is the one who always experiments with his movies and never shy to take risks. This time too, he has taken all responsibility on his shoulders. The huge star cast including Nayanthara, Saroja Devi and Murali besides Vadivelu makes it an interesting fare.
The movie revolves around an assassin Aadhavan (Surya), who can kill anyone for money. His father (Shiyaji Shinde) strikes a deal with Abdul (Rahul Dev) as per which Aadhavan is directed to kill a magistrate (Murali).
Unfortunately the magistrate survives the murder bid. Aadhavan now plans otherwise. He decides to finish his assignment by bumping off the magistrate in a house, when he decides to spend his holidays with his family.
Unfortunately all his plans to kill the magistrate fails every time. Lady luck seems to be on the magistrate's side. Eventually Aadhavan takes a different route to finish him off. Does he succeed or not is the rest of the script which has got a twist in it.
All credits to Suriya. The actor who shot the bull's eye with stylish flicks like 'Khaakha Khaakha' and 'Varanam Ayiram' has proved that he can excel in mass masala ventures too. The young actor has also proved that he can not just emote well, but dance and fight well too.
In other words, he has announced the arrival of mass hero in him. Suriya has played a 10-year-old boy for a flashback portion in the movie, which would give your eyebrows many a reason to raise with surprise.
Nayanthara looks pretty and her onscreen chemistry with Suriya is good. Saroja Devi returns after a decade to play a substantial role. Murali (who is no more) fits the bill well while Shayaji Shinde has nothing much to do onscreen. Hogging all is limelight is Vadivelu. He occupies maximum screen space to bring the roof down with laughter.
Harris Jeyaraj's musical score is impressive especially 'Hasiliyae Fisliyae...', while his background score is average. The story by Ramesh Khanna could have been more interesting had the director added more suspense and twists in the screenplay.
There are sequences which are far from logic and stunt sequences defying logic. But Ravikumar has no pretensions as he sounded clear from the first frame that it is a movie for the masses. Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin's Red Giant Movies, Adhavan is a movie that would bring joy to mass action lovers and front-benchers.
Aadhavan - Above average