Director-actor-choreographer Thangar Bachan is skilled at coming up with emotional dramas that strike a chord with the audiences. From 'Azhagi' till 'Onbathu Rooba Notu', all his movies had a rural touch and predominantly sensitive stories.
In 'Ammavin Kaipesi', based on a novel penned by himself, Thangar tries to bring to the fore the bond shared between an elderly mother and her youngest son and how the relationship is replaced by cellphone.
Shanthanoo and Thangar Bachan play the lead roles. The former dons the role of a rustic youth and tries his best to fit in the character. Thangar does his usual self. Iniya plays Selvi, Shanthanoo's beloved.
Besides director Azhagam Perumal and Meenal, the movie has new faces who form part of the story. The movie is slow and proceeds at leisurely pace. At times tests the patience.
The movie proceeds from the eyes of Prasad (Thangar Bachan), a simpleton living under a thatched roof in a remote village. Known for his stealing habit, Prasad incurs the wrath of his wife (Meenal).
Prasad carries a small bag and he looks back at the events that occurred in his life in the past few months.
In the flashback, enters Annamalai (Shantanoo) who is all set to marry Selvi (Iniya), his beloved. Annamalai's family is a big one and his mother showers a lot of love on him.
Annamalai earns the goodwill of Selvi's father and starts working in his factory. But one day, he is accussed of stealing and his brothers drive him out of the house. He resolves to return only after making it big.
The only source of communication between him and his mother is now a cellphone. After he takes up a job with a bizman (Azhagam Perumal), he comes into contact a gang of baddies which includes Prasad. What happens then in their lives forms the crux.
Shanthanoo gets an opportunity to showcase his acting skills. He has tried his best to fit into the character, while Iniya has nothing much to do.
Thangar's perplexed looks comes to the rescue of his character, while rest can be seen sobbing a lot in the movie. Rohit Kulkarni has scored the music and the background score is good.
On the whole, 'Ammavin Kaipesi' lacks clarity and proceeds at dull pace.