2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
Good value for money for 2 hours and 45 minutes
Franko Davis Fri, 22 Dec 2006
After Pudupettai, which bombed at the Box Office, Dhanush was looking for a major break as his last hit Thiruda Thirudi was way back in 2003. G Bhoopathy Pandian, director of the earlier Dhanush starrer Devadhaiyai Kandein has created a much better deal for fans of Dhanush with this one. Initially the film was to be called Thiruvilayadal, but a faction of Sivaji Ganeshan's fans objected to this as Sivaji himself was catapulted into fame by a film of same name; hence the director changed the name to Thiruvilayadal Aarambam.
The film is produced by Dhanush's sister Dr. K Vimalageetha under the banner of R K Productions, (which had earlier produced the first two super hits of Dhanush - Thulluvadho Illamai and Kadhal Kondein). G Bhoopathy Pandian and Dhanush teaming up after the low profile success of their earlier venture Devadhaiyai Kandein, is sure to make it big at the box office with this one. Though the situations in the movie are age old stuff, the freshness with which the director has portrayed those scenes is commendable. The major highlight of the movie is the confrontation between Prakash Raj and Dhanush, where in you see the screen on fire. Even though he repeats his usual mannerisms while delivering the dialogues, Prakash Raj ensures that each role given to him is enacted well. Watch out for some really splendid acting from both Prakash Raj and Dhanush, as they really complement each other with apt one-liners.
The story revolves around Thiru, a happy go lucky lad in his 20's, and his struggles to make it big in life through shortcuts. This is stoutly discouraged by his parents and he is thrown out of house. The very same day he meets his love interest Priya, and learns that she is the only sister of Guru, a big business magnet. Guru wants Thiru to forget Priya. They strike a deal. Who wins what in this deal makes the story of the film. Though there are similarities with numerous films of the past, the freshness of approach that the director has shown is remarkable. Though the first half of the film is rather slow, in the second half it gallops. The ending, though on expected lines, is different from those of earlier films dealing with same concept.
Acting-wise, Dhanush and Prakash Raj have put on a wonderful performance as Thiru and Guru respectively. Shreya is her usual self as a cool and glamorous dame. Mouli and Saranya give ample support as Dhanush's parents. The young boy who plays Dhanush's younger brother is a little wonder to watch. Karunas and Sukumar provide the comic relief, which Dhanush also does at regular intervals with his punch line dialogues. Camera work is excellent, especially in the picturization of the six songs. The remix version of Yennamma Kanne, Soukyamma is surely one of the highlights of the film. Other technical departments also contribute to make the film enjoyable. G Bhoopathy Pandian shows how a wafer thin story line can be turned into a mass masala flick.
Critic: Franko Davis
2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)