Ajith Kumar plays Vasu, a drunken rowdy who lives in a cinema theater
owned by Vinu Chakravarthy. He had a tortured childhood and spends his
days drinking, fighting, and wasting away. During the beginning
altercations, Vasu's friend, Dhamu, loses a reel of the movie Annamalai to
Mohana (Shalini). Vasu and Mohana clash when he goes to retrieve the reel.
Not only that, Mohana's family is made up entirely of cops, headed up by
Bose (Nasser), Mohana's father.
At this point, an ex-Mafia "thatha" who spent many years in jail because
of Nasser, Tulasi Dass (Raguvaran), comes to the theater. Because he
doesn't like Bose, and therefore hires Vasu to kidnap Mohana and take her
away somewhere. When he does, at one point, he screams out his agonies in
the superb song "Satham Illatha." Mohana falls in love with him, hearing
When Tulasi Dass realizes Mohana loves Vasu, he hires Vasu further to
pretend he loves her back. At first, with Vasu, it's just pretend, and
then he, too, begins to love her. More surprises await the audience as the
Charlie, Radhika, Ramesh Khanna, and several other characters are also in
This is an okay storyline made very good because of its brilliant
execution. Some people said Bharadwaj's music was "cacophony," but I think
the music was excellent, and its pulse-pounding beat fit Vasu's character
very well. Another excellent high point of the movie was Ajith Kumar's
acting. Unlike Vijay, Ajith Kumar CAN act very well in any role, and he
proves it here. The pain on his face will haunt you for quite a while.
More good things were there wasn't much of a sentimetal flashback to make
us pain for Ajith's childhood-- instead, a quick but excellent piece on it
suffices. I have also grown sick of Nasser playing an enraged angry
stubborn father over the years; in this movie, in a good contrast, he
plays a loving father instead. Raguvaran's acting is also brilliant.
Shalini is, well, Shalini, a good-looking face that comes by once in a
while. The climax is also very well-developed. The plot is full of
The only complaint I have in the movie is that no matter how well Ajith
sang, that shouldn't have been the sole reason for Shalini to fall in love
with him, and unfortunately, her love is the basis for the whole rest of
the story. A shaky foundation.
NOTE ON THE MUSIC:
I loved it. Lots of other people prefer the softer ear-soothing melodies,
but I thought the music in this was par excellence. Kudos, Bharadwaj,
ESPECIALLY in "Satham Illatha," a glorious anthem sung by the one and only
S.P.B. Other beautifully written songs include "Mohaname," "Mahaganapathy"
(with some nice dance steps), and the score. Sorry to say, Shalini, you
don't sing bad, but "Sontha Koral" sounded like it had been put together
over a span of a couple of hours.
Definitely watch it in the theater. This movie makes FAR MORE impact in
the theater than on video, in the music, the acting, and everything. Even
"Mahaganapthy" looks way better on the big-screen. If you see it on video,
you might not like it as much as the movie deserves.