After the Bollywood blockbuster, 'Lage Raho Munnabhai', Gandhiji had become a pet theme for many Bollywood ventures. Director Udhayan has developed a fascination for the Mahatma and brings him with the right spirit to Tamil filmdom with 'Aayudham Seivom'.
In a nutshell, 'Aayudham Seivom', produced by Pyramid Saimira, is a tale of a gangster who does justice to his wrong-deeds adopting the 'Ahimsa' way as propagated by Gandhiji himself. The director goes on a preaching spree shrewdly packaging it with drama, dance, humor and action.
'Saidai Sathya' (Sundar C) is a goon, hired for all illegal activities. He along with his friend 'Traffic Kandasamy' spend 30-days in a Gandhi Museum for a wrong-act, following a High Court order. Both come to know about Gandhi and develop a passion for him. They win the admiration of the museum's in-charge and freedom fighter Nasser.
On his return from the museum, he comes across an upright advocate (Vijaykumar), from whom he is entrusted the task of extracting evidence over the involvement of a corrupt politician (Manivannan) related to the murder of the Chennai District Collector (Sukanya).
In the melee, the advocate is killed. A disturbed Sathya decides to do justice to all his wrong-deeds. He embarks on a journey to probe the murderers of the District Collector and adopts Gandhian principles (Ahimsa) to bring them to book.
Udhayan has managed to progress well until the end of the first half. However he falters and the movie develops a lag as it progress towards the end.
Sundar shoulders the major burden as he flexes his muscles, tries to evoke laughter and emotes well. 'Kattradhu Thamizh' Anjali has very little to do, while Vivek has regained his glory-evoking fun. The cast also includes Manivannan, Sukanya, Vijayakumar among others.
The movie is enjoyable in parts. Had Udhayan managed to sustain the same momentum all through, 'Aayudham Seivom' could have been sharper and more enjoyable.