It’s just like the law of physics, what happens when an immovable force gets hit by a high speed object; what happens when a man who exerts extensive class joins hand with a star who basks in mass. Gautam V menon’s movies are a class of its own,he deals with romance and action rather keenly and places his signature card all over, withYennai Arindhal the director enters the dugout of Ajith who has a great respect for his director, still manages to establish his hefty image. YennaiArindhal will be a completion of Cop trilogy for Gautam V menon, lets take a look
GVM’s movies are rich in romance, you can almost tell when love is in the air; he sets the perfect milieu with a mesmerizing BGM, a cup of coffee and some light hearted cozy moments. He takes you on a ride with moments like these in Yennai Arindhaal and then bounces back to gritty action. The story revolves around the central figure of a daring cop Satyadev, merciless, raw, with a license to kill. Playing an undercover agent is Satyadev, gets rugged amongst the gangsters and pounces when he has a chance to nab them. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, most of GVM’s movies are agenda oriented, they are propagated along the storyline and the psychotic villain is provoked to touch the sensitive side of the protagonist. This has been the case with KK, VV and yet again with Yennai Arindhaal too.
The first half takes time to establish the character of Satyadev, his agonizing past that was mixed with his first love; Trisha and a heartbreaking tragedy that took him down the road as a single parent. With a past that clouds his present, Ajith’s struggle to cope with the unfortunate incident and yet to nurture the present carefully is penned wonderfully by GVM.
The moment Trisha enters the screen the film gets predictable in every aspect and the rest is all how the screenplay weaves out to entertain. It would be pretty irresistible to stop comparing GVM’s two other cop movies with Yennai Arindhaal, the kind of tension he brings in the second half with the kidnapping, swearing phone abuses, and the abduction threats are too much to brush off. If the first half was pretty slow with Satyadev’s flashback, the second half races ahead with some steamy dialogues, fight sequences and some master mind detective work. That and enter Arun Vijay, after a silent first half he comes as a merciless goon in the second with single point agenda. He looks stunning for a baddie, tries to rack his brain to compete with the IPS officer and what happens next is to watch and find out.
To start with YennaiArindhaal heavily falls into the character of Satyadev, a character etched pretty well by GVM. Makes us wonder if anyone else apart from Ajith could have done a better job out of it. For the character requires a bold and daring voice, the very voice that would send shivers down a rogue, the character deserves a look that Ajith fits in simply deservingly. Getting deep down into the character’s mindset GVM pens a simple script by adding few lovely moments like the steadfast romance between Trisha and Ajith, a careful father who refuses to let go of the promise, a gangster who seethes with vengeance, a cop who gets back to business when it matters.
Trisha’s role leaps over Anushka’s, she appears in the flashback and trots home by leaving us with a heavy heart. There might not be the goose bumpy moments that we have seen in KK, VV but still she ravishes with beauty and brains. The last half hour involving Arun Vijay’s word battle is where the actor shows his prowess, it’s a different ball game for the actor but he clicks wisely with dialogues and stunts.
Comic relief comes in the form of Vivek, he comes with a few one liners and gives away a hearty laugh making the audience wanting more. Parvathy Nair and Daniel Balaji make brief appearances, but some important ones.
Action sequences and cinematography are something that GVM never leaves room for error and they are spot on. Yet another striking thing about Yennai Arindhaal is the dialogue delivery, especially Ajith just erupts when it comes to the situation.
Why, Where and how:
- Kidnapping, the waiting game, vengeance all that we have seen in KK and VV has an uncanny resemblance in Yennai Arindhaal too. A lot of similarity, only difference being the screenplay and Ajith’s screen presence.
- Anushka’s character has little to offer, for a hugely reputed star, the role looks short-lived.
- The second half races away through the climax sequences leaving scope for some crisp editing and as is the case of first half too which comes as a narration similar to most of GVM movies adding too much clock time.
- The script is ordinary and basks heavily on the character of Satyadev leaving much to wonder about the rest.
- Harris’s music apart from the signature YA theme, has little to offer. Using rock fusion for BGM doesn’t seem much appropriate for the action sequences as is the case for romance he hasn’t put his best foot forward.
All said, Yennai Arindhaal is a mixture of Mass juxtaposed with class and is sure to quench the thirst of Ajith’s fans and GVM’s signature style movie goers. Barring the nostalgic moments from his previous movies and the slow screenplay Yennai Arindhaal is a rock solid entertainer with enough scenes to get you hooked.
Verdict : Gautham Menon Class delivered by Ajith’s Mass screen presence
Rating : 3.25/5