Aalwar - Cool for fans
How a young man takes revenge
on those who destroyed his family, is the story of the film.
Director S Chella has included a bit of spirituality and god's
avatars in the film.
Ajith is a ward boy in a hospital. Now and then, he dresses up
like Rama or Krishna and kills the evil people. The reason for
this is shown in a lengthy flashback.
Ajith's role is that of a stealthy cat that pounces like a lion.
When he appears as the agraharam simpleton, his acting is simple
without being overbearing. The ferocity when he thrashes up the
villains is missing when he appears as god's avatars. An
important role is the Narasimha avatar.
Manorama is the owner of the mansion where Ajith is staying.
Asin is her granddaughter. She appears whenever she's needed for
a song sequence and then disappears. She has done a good job of
whatever she gets to portray on screen.
There's too much noise in Srikant Deva's background score. Even
the telephone ring is like a bomb being dropped. The songs
“mayile mayile iragu podu” and “sollitharavaa” are passable. The
graphics used for the song sequences are a bit of overkill.
That the camera work also reflects on the director's prowess is
illustrated by Ramesh G's work in the film. There's nothing new
in the lighting or camera angles, but he has shown his skill in
the scene where Ajith is chased by the police.
Dialogues are by Ravi Maria. The characters are always telling
someone what they did, why, what they are thinking and so on, so
the audience keeps getting an overdose of information. When will
they ever learn that cinema is a visual medium?
It's a bit tiresome to see many scenes shot at the same place. For
instance, the place where Ajith stacks up the dead bodies, where
he talks to Kirti Chawla, where he slaps the ward man for asking
money, all take place in the same hospital corridor. All the
scenes between Asin and Vivek take place inside the mansion.
Many things go beyond logic in the film. Ajith paints his face
blue and kills a person in this vesham in broad daylight. After
bashing up the villain's henchmen, he goes after main villain
Lal but miraculously turns into Narasimha avatar. Does he take
his makeup kit along?
When he's finishing off the villain in his apartment, the
ensuing noise stuns Kirti Chawla who is sitting in her car on
the street. How come no one else in the apartment block hears
The villain's men roll in money but do not hesitate to kill. The
same guys plot to kidnap the Prime Minister to loot 10 pots of
arrack and also tremble at the thought of the police…so
In one scene, Ajith and Asin set out shopping, but her costume
changes once she gets out into the street. There are many such
instances where it's illogical and continuity goes for a toss.
Ajith believes that he's god incarnate and vanquishes the bad
guys with superhuman strength. It's not that spiritual as much
as it's a downslide in the screenplay. Chella could have paid
more attention to making the story and screenplay more compact
Review by Cinesouth