Yennai Arindhaal – A review

By A Cinema fan

Yennai Arindhaal (YA) is one of the most anticipated films to release early 2015. It is a story of a man named Sathyadev, from the age of 13 till the age of 38. Gautham Vasudev Menon (GVM) reportedly stated that this would be the last of his cop trilogy. Unlike his first two flicks namely Kaakha Kaakha and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, this one deals more on the lighter side combining the GVM of the past with the GVM of the present. You can clearly witness the effect of his recent VTV and NEP on screen.

The film doesn’t move. It keeps somersaulting. GVM’s characters are a tad uninteresting at the start and become somewhat relatable as we enter the second half. There is a difference between being lethargic and being subtle, in a way the protagonist describes “oru mellisaana kodu”. The acting come off as lethargic for most of the characters while I suppose the director wished to exhibit subtlety. Ajith Kumar spoke his dialogues in a rich baritone which reverberates throughout the movie. He fits in a role that probably only he could’ve done justice to.

The stardom that most of the Kollywood actors create around themselves becomes a hindrance to make a wholesome movie. YA is one such movie which cannot really fit into a genre. The director goes from what he wishes to make to what the audience expect. Including elements such as punch dialogues, close shots, loud bgms are proof to such film making. GVM combines class and mass alike in this action drama. But the movie finds it hard to hit a chord. It revolves around a point but never reaches the point. The tale is not gripping enough to keep the audience in the edge of their seats. Harris Jeyraj combines with GVM after six years. The bgms are terribly loud and simply not fitting enough. The songs are light and peppy. The director takes you over a decade long flashback and you suddenly realize that the characters are not ageing in the right manner. The minor non linearities in the script mess with your head because the characters are not portrayed in a plausible manner.

Ajith is the silver lining. He showcases an alarmingly undecipherable level of simplicity. He does justice to his role. Class film needs method actors. Arun Vijay shows good method and plays a commendable antagonist in the film. In fact, there was a point in the film when his acting received more applause than Ajith himself. He lived the role of a young, well built man falling into wrong pits. Arun Vijay is a wonderful actor has been discovered in this process. Anushka is a namesake. I might as well cast a soap artist for her. Trisha’s performance is watchable and she does a neat job. Though the director tried to retrieve Vivek with this film, his jokes hardly tickled the audience. Mainly because, he hardly joked. It takes 2 hours 15 minutes for the film to finally hit off along interesting lines. The cat and mouse climax is a classic formula of GVM and cop movies.

Coming back to GVM, the main low point of YA is its formula. The formula doesn’t work with films that are completely unrelated. Father sentiment, Single mothers become a common sight. It gives you a jerky déjà vu when they become repetitive. In fact, one of the dialogues from Nasser takes you back to Vaaranam Aayiram for a moment. GVM needs to break this formula.

Once again, Ajith steals the show. He is truly the silver lining. He throws the salt and pepper into the predictable story, literally.

Bottom line: A romantic-drama entertainer for class and mass Ajith fanatics alike.

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