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Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review


An Ajith – Gautham Menon film is one thing for which everyone is longing for years, Many projects came with this Combo but some how they all are dropped, if Actor Surya is having a position today in Tamil Cinema, its just because of this missed combo. Whatever film which was planned by Gautham menon to do with Ajith went to the hands of Surya due to some mis – understanding and Ajith’s craze on Car racing, lack of dates.

Now Finally a Surya – Gautham menon film is dropped and an Ajith – Gautham Menon film came instead, expectations are sky high and recently Nandini Karky who has done the Subtitle work Of Yennai Arindhaal said that She was moved to tears by the movie.

The message read:-

“Happy to share I’ve subtitled #YennaiArindhaal, a moving portrayal of a man of honour. Thanks to Director @menongautham and Producer Aishwarya for this opportunity. Working on Yennai Arindhaal was an exhilarating experience. While being a racy thriller, there were also moments where the subtle exploration of deep emotions moved me to tears. High-voltage performances and a neatly woven screenplay make this, a movie of style and substance. Wishing you success, Yennai Arindhaal!”

Tweets show celebrities Review of Yennai Arindhaal:-

Simbu tweeted:- After a very long time Oru Nalla Thamizh Padam #YennaiArindhaal. Except people who are mentally ill , Tamil cinema audience will love it” and Thala was terrific with an outstanding realistic performance. Sema mass plus class. Was a real treat for Thala fans”
Anirudh tweeted:- “YennaArindhaal – Loved it! Thala and GauthamMenon all the way”
Atlee tweeted:- Yennai arinthal loved it awesome movie Ajith sir was awesome once again a superb film by GVM sir”
Yennai Arindhaal Review from major websites
Indiaglitz gave 3.25/5 and said:- 
Gautham Menon Class delivered by Ajith’s Mass screen presence

Whats good:
To start with YennaiArindhaal heavily falls into the character of Satyadev, a character etched pretty well by GVM. Makes us wonder if anyone else apart from Ajith could have done a better job out of it. For the character requires a bold and daring voice, the very voice that would send shivers down a rogue, the character deserves a look that Ajith fits in simply deservingly. Getting deep down into the character’s mindset GVM pens a simple script by adding few lovely moments like the steadfast romance between Trisha and Ajith, a careful father who refuses to let go of the promise, a gangster who seethes with vengeance, a cop who gets back to business when it matters.
Trisha’s role leaps over Anushka’s, she appears in the flashback and trots home by leaving us with a heavy heart. There might not be the goose bumpy moments that we have seen in KK, VV but still she ravishes with beauty and brains. The last half hour involving Arun Vijay’s word battle is where the actor shows his prowess, it’s a different ball game for the actor but he clicks wisely with dialogues and stunts.
Comic relief comes in the form of Vivek, he comes with a few one liners and gives away a hearty laugh making the audience wanting more. Parvathy Nair and Daniel Balaji make brief appearances, but some important ones.
Action sequences and cinematography are something that GVM never leaves room for error and they are spot on. Yet another striking thing about Yennai Arindhaal is the dialogue delivery, especially Ajith just erupts when it comes to the situation.
Why, Where and how:

  • Kidnapping, the waiting game, vengeance all that we have seen in KK and VV has an uncanny resemblance in Yennai Arindhaal too. A lot of similarity, only difference being the screenplay and Ajith’s screen presence.
  • Anushka’s character has little to offer, for a hugely reputed star, the role looks short-lived.
  • The second half races away through the climax sequences leaving scope for some crisp editing and as is the case of first half too which comes as a narration similar to most of GVM movies adding too much clock time.
  • The script is ordinary and basks heavily on the character of Satyadev leaving much to wonder about the rest.
  • Harris’s music apart from the signature YA theme, has little to offer. Using rock fusion for BGM doesn’t seem much appropriate for the action sequences as is the case for romance he hasn’t put his best foot forward.

All said, Yennai Arindhaal is a mixture of Mass juxtaposed with class and is sure to quench the thirst of Ajith’s fans and GVM’s signature style movie goers. Barring the nostalgic moments from his previous movies and the slow screenplay Yennai Arindhaal is a rock solid entertainer with enough scenes to get you hooked.

The Movie

GVM’s movies are rich in romance, you can almost tell when love is in the air; he sets the perfect milieu with a mesmerizing BGM, a cup of coffee and some light hearted cozy moments. He takes you on a ride with moments like these in Yennai Arindhaal and then bounces back to gritty action. The story revolves around the central figure of a daring cop Satyadev, merciless, raw, with a license to kill. Playing an undercover agent is Satyadev, gets rugged amongst the gangsters and pounces when he has a chance to nab them. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, most of GVM’s movies are agenda oriented, they are propagated along the storyline and the psychotic villain is provoked to touch the sensitive side of the protagonist. This has been the case with KK, VV and yet again with Yennai Arindhaal too.
The first half takes time to establish the character of Satyadev, his agonizing past that was mixed with his first love; Trisha and a heartbreaking tragedy that took him down the road as a single parent. With a past that clouds his present, Ajith’s struggle to cope with the unfortunate incident and yet to nurture the present carefully is penned wonderfully by GVM.
The moment Trisha enters the screen the film gets predictable in every aspect and the rest is all how the screenplay weaves out to entertain. It would be pretty irresistible to stop comparing GVM’s two other cop movies with Yennai Arindhaal, the kind of tension he brings in the second half with the kidnapping, swearing phone abuses, and the abduction threats are too much to brush off. If the first half was pretty slow with Satyadev’s flashback, the second half races ahead with some steamy dialogues, fight sequences and some master mind detective work. That and enter Arun Vijay, after a silent first half he comes as a merciless goon in the second with single point agenda. He looks stunning for a baddie, tries to rack his brain to compete with the IPS officer and what happens next is to watch and find out.

It’s just like the law of physics, what happens when an immovable force gets hit by a high speed object; what happens when a man who exerts extensive class joins hand with a star who basks in mass. Gautam V menon’s movies are a class of its own,he deals with romance and action rather keenly and places his signature card all over, withYennai Arindhal the director enters the dugout of Ajith who has a great respect for his director, still manages to establish his hefty image. YennaiArindhal will be a completion of Cop trilogy for Gautam V menon.



Behindwoods gave 3/5 and said

It’s Gautham’s movie with Ajith adding colour admirably

Gautham’s untiring efforts in positioning womanhood, the unadulterated love for somebody, addressing the plight of single parents, the clinical touch of a father, the insecurity of a villain and the pain of losing something, is a tried and tested template of his and he uses it here too.

If you are going to see applause for the usage of foul language, then it’s Yennai Arindhaal. Some prompted acting, Gautham templated dialogues, an already exposed story are few minuses that Yennai Arindhaal carries. The oscillations between the ‘Mellisaana Kodu’ create a stir.
Yennai Arindhaal is a feeling, a learning that just takes sometime to tell you the story, by not dramatizing events and exaggerating factors. Finally, Gautham should be credited for making a movie not for Ajith fans, but one which Ajith’s fans will enjoy!

If a story has to be told with an individual who enjoys a larger than life persona off-screen, isn’t that a challenge? With the premise of the story being simple and intact, Yennai Arindhaal is what Sathyadev experiences as a timid boy, an uptight cop, a passionate lover, a loving father and a killer with a heart. Thanks to Gautham, Ajith is utilized far more than the usual gimmicks and compulsions of a commercial hero. Ajith is made to cry, look defeated, feel his pain, and also get hurt quite a lot of times. If the ardent, dedicated followers of Ajith can accept Yennai Arindhaal, then the actor Ajith is coming closer to you.

If actors need to bring a vigorous physical change and act their lungs out, Ajith can gravitate the same feeling with a walk and a fearsome look. Special credits to him for opening up to a story like this and giving what it needs, than eyeing for moments that would multiply his ever-growing fan base.

What if all that you want in life tends to move away from you? What will you do to save the rest from leaving you? Ajith as Sathyadev delivers the right emotion and is effortless with the multiple transformations his character goes through. With quintessential similarities between the real Ajith and Sathyadev, you tend to see the gentler, well-groomed, well-bred and a genuine Ajith on screen. With the envying looks and the sweltering screen presence, Ajith is undeniably one of the smartest looking heroes we have, giving no work for the make-up artists. If you have a problem differentiating the class Ajith and the mass Ajith, then Yennai Arindhaal might give you an alternate experience of watching a Thala movie.

Trisha has replaced Jyothika as Gautham’s favorite female lead and she continues to give us the same feeling since the Lesa Lesa days, with her beauty and elegance. She excels as a mother and scores with her love filled eyes. With all the focus on Ajith and Ajith only, Anushka gets a fair share of the pie with her non-dramatic acting. If a baddie needs to trouble Sathyadev, he has to look powerful, think cunning and not have second thoughts about hitting. Arun Vijay looks macho, has a flawless body, wears rich costumes and his hairstyle will very soon set a trend. Victor’s (Arun) wife, Parvathy Nair gets a noticeable role and has perfectly done what has been told. Vivek evokes laughter when you badly need it and is sticking to his Padikathavan days’ facial expressions.

Coming to the technicalities, Dan’s camerawork is equally stunning and sensually colorful. He is a promising find. Anthony is Gautham’s partner-in-crime and he does set the much needed pace and gives an extra hand with the non-linear narration. His cuts and transitions add an overall value. Silva’s realistic stunts look painful and feel hard. Harris’ BGM with pulsating dub-step, guitars on distortion and sax with the pianos in the backing, gratify every dimension of the emotions portrayed.

Harris’ songs emotionally cement Yennai Arindhaal. Back to back numbers in the first half will enlarge your expectations on the second half. Kudos to Gautham for making songs a part of the narrative and preventing them from becoming obstrucive. With so much to tell in a single film, YA spends a lot on establishing, then finally dwells into a conflict, then diving into a denouement.




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Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review