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After quite a wait and a couple of postponements, Thala Ajith's long expected Yennai Arindhaal is finally hitting screens today! Produced by Shri Sai Ram Creations, director Gautham Vasudev Menon's Yennai Arindhaal has Ajith, Anushka, Trisha, Arun Vijay and Vivek playing important roles. Harris Jayaraj has scored the music and Dan Macarthur has cranked the camera with Anthony on the editing board. The songs have already been well received and the movie has a lot of expectations riding on it...
The movie opens to Thenmozhi (Anushka) being prepped up for a potential groom to see her. After ensuring that the guy and his parents run away, a completely disinterested Anushka steps on a plane from Boston to Chennai. On the plane, beside her is a handsome guy. Impressed with him, she follows him around and even goes to meet him at a Coffee Shop the next day. However, here a gang of masked goons descend and utter chaos follows. The handsome guy - Sathyadev (Ajith) saves the day, but is injured by the leader of the gang - Victor (Arun Vijay). Requiring medical attention, Sathyadev asks Thenmozhi to accompany him to the hospital. At the hospital, Sathyadev recounts his earlier association with Victor and an enraged Victor also does the same. Who is Sathyadev? Who is Victor? What is the relation between Sathyadev and Victor? What does Thenmozhi have to do with these two? Watch Yennai Arindhaal on the big screens to know...
Director Gautham Vasudev Menon is known to be a very good story-teller with an affinity for cop stories. He has been successful in getting on screen the lives of cops, in two of his earlier movies and has made an honest attempt to reprise the same success a third time too. The life story of a cop, especially an upright and honest one, is bound to be very eventful and the director has got on screen just how eventful DCP Sathyadev's life is. The twists and turns, though almost predictable, keep the viewers rivetted in their seats. The casting is perfect and the way each character transforms with the passage of time is commendable. Gautham Menon has got all his equations right, with respect to the romance chemistry, thirst for revenge and the action blocks. The interval block and the pre-climax block are brilliant, with Arun Vijay's voice holding forte in the pre-climax. The massy face-off sequence in the climax has been very nicely choreographed. This movie has to rank among one of Ajith's best performances. He has a lot of scope to perform and emote and not only has he excelled in these, but has gotten the different physical transformation required at different stages of the movie, perfectly right. Trisha as Hemanika, is gorgeous and her combination sequences with Ajith more than make up for anything at all that fans felt amiss in Mankatha - her previous pairing with Ajith. Anushka seems to just be getting prettier by the day and though her character does not have much scope to perform, she shines bright.
This has to be the biggest break of Arun Vijay's career and he has outdone himself and matches up to Ajith frame for frame in the first half. He holds sway in the second half, with his voice as well as flaunting his toned physique. Vivek lends able support in the few scenes he is a part of. Notable cameos by Stunt Silva and Nasser along with a racy screenplay and action packed stunt sequences add to the movie's strengths. Harris Jayaraj's songs have already been well received and he does not disappoint with the BGM as well. The pulsating music keeps the viewers glued into the scenes. Dan MacArthur has done a wonderful job in capturing the vibrant colours of India in the 'Unakenna Vendum Sollu' song. The 'Adhaaru Adhaaru' song is sure to have you all hooting and whistling with Thala Ajith and Arun Vijay raising quite some dust with the dance moves. If the overall run-time is trimmed a bit, this already rocking movie will become all the more taut. The dialogues in the movie are just excellent and make quite an impact on the viewers.
Thala Pongal has finally arrived with Yennai Arindhaal! The makers of Yennai Arindhaal have got the tight rope walk ("Oru Mellisaana Kodu...") perfectly right... Don't miss it!