Ilaignan Review

This film is based on M. Karunanidhi's novel. It also happens to be the 75th film that he has scripted. For Suresh Krishna, this is his 50th film. With a large cast boasting of talent, the story set in the sixties, revolves around a shipping factory owned by Devanaiyagam (Sarath Babu), a considerate soul.


However, his son Rajanaiyakam (Suman) exploits the workers and treated them like animals. He makes life hell for the workers and stops at nothing, even goes to the extent of killing anyone who dares to question his authority. Egging him on in this evil work is his lady love, Sena (Namitha). Among this group of workers lives Arokyasami (Nasser) with his wife (Khusboo) and only son Karki (Pa Vijay) named after Maxim Gorky. When Arokyasami is killed by Rajanaiyakam, Karki joins the company and he begins his war against the management by motivating the other workers.


Great effort has been taken to make the film with a ship of majestic proportions, but the story fails to impress. The plot is age old, something irrelevant in today's time. Scenes depicting violence and oppression of the workers are protracted and disgusting.


Comedy scenes with Vadivelu are steeped in vulgarity. As usual Namitha's oomph is exploited to the hilt. By the way, what was that weird hairdo on Vadivelu? Pa Vijay as Karki puts in good effort. An actress like Meera Jasmine is wasted in this film as Rajanaiyakam's sister, whose heart beats for the poor. Ramya Nambeesan looks pretty. But the costumes of the two actresses do not impress. What lingers even after the film is Khusboo and Nasser's performance. And of course all ends well with the evil put to death by Karki. Predictable right?


The plot is age old, something irrelevant in today's time. Scenes depicting violence and oppression of the workers are protracted and disgusting. (2) - Mythily Ramachandran


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