Arindhum Ariyamalum Tamil Movie Review

Feature Film
May 19, 2005 By Sathish Kumar

"Arindhum Ariyamalum" is the embellished story of a father and his efforts to reunite with his newfound son. It has all the ingredients: A plausible story, a strong theme (parent-child bond), and stimulating music.

The crux of the storyline centers around Sathya (Navdeep), a Brahmin boy lives in Nagarkoil. He comes to Chennai to pursue his studies in engineering. In Chennai, he lives with his family friend 'Five Star" Krishna. He meets and falls in love with the free spirited Sandhya (Samiksha). There after it is romance and dance between the two.

Kutty (Arya), a hard tempered and pugnacious youth is the adopted son of Adhi Narayanan (Prakash Raj). He often clashes with a rival group for their perceived differences in sand mining business. In one such brawl, Kutty in a frenzied attempt to blow over his random foes misfires at Sandhya. Sandhya is hospitalised, and Sathya informs police that he can identify the assailants. The Sathya's revelation comes in handy for the newly appointed spunky police officer waiting to hunt down Adhi and his son. By this, Sathya earns the wrath of the father-son duo.

The story takes a "u" turn, when Adhi discovers that Sathya is his own son. Adhi makes furtive and fervent attempts to reconcile with Sathya. But Sathya turns impetuous even at sheer sight of his new found "father" and "brother". The director must be credited for bringing out the emotions of a parent's desire to identify with child, and child's desire for an independent identity. Check for Prakash Raj's emotional awakening when he sees his son Sathya, and that of Arya's attempts to resolve Sathya's air of dissatisfaction over the new relationship.

Meanwhile, the police and a district collector team up to exterminate Adhi and Arya. They device a fake encounter, and kills the father-son duo. The death of the duo is made public. How Adhi and Arya escape and unite with Sathya forms the remaining chunks of the film. But the climax seems to come to an abrupt end, and leave you frustrated if you had asked for more melodramatic ending.

Director Vishnuvardhan, who had previously worked with Santhosh Sivan, has done a neat job. What makes me to say this is based on his character development and good presentation. There are certainly some gray spots, but much of that could be overlooked because of the vibrant performance of Prakash Raj and Arya.

Prakash Raj combines in him a perfect blending of imperious disposition and strength of love that makes him stand out from all the rest. Much of the film's success goes to Prakash Raj's performance.

There is nothing much to say about the debutante actor Navdeep. Though his role provided ample scope to prove his capabilities, Navdeep was for the most part wooden-faced and lacked touch in his expressions.

The new comer Samiksha is a beautiful, and is flamboyant in her cast as a college girl. Her role is too small to expect a good performance. However, she has the star wattage to spare and is destined to appear in more films.

The discovery is Arya what with his excellent performance as a madcap brother. His gesticulations and expressions as a ruffian, and his efforts as a son trying to help his father to get the love of his brother are distinct and enjoyable. He is an actor to be watched in the future.

Added to this, some hilarious comedy moments from "Five Star" Krishna, well chosen sound track from the robust music director Yuvan Shankar Raja, and the gorgeous back drop provided by Nirav Shah come together to make the movie complete.

You have a good, rather an excellent movie on your hands.

Sathish Kumar