Ajith -Saran combination has worked out once
again. Ajith appears amazing in dual roles and he is a delight
Jeeva (Ajith) runs a driving school in Chennai. He lives with
his mother (Sujatha) a widow and his friends who work in the
Pooja, a girl living near the driving school meets Ajith in
search of a dog to mate with her dog. This leads to further
meetings and finally they end up as lovers. Manthram (Babu
Antony) a local dada buys up the vacant land opposite to the
driving school. Sujatha invites Manthram to her house. She
introduces her son to him. She tells him that the son who saw
his father killed by Manthram was given away in adoption to a
couple from abroad. Sujatha and Nizhalagal Ravi had two sons who
are twins. Nizhalagal Ravi is a hit man to Manthram. After
marriage Ravi decides to lead a life away from crime and
Manthram lets him go. Ravi however turns out to be a police
informer and squeals on Manthram. Manthram kills Ravi and one of
son is witness to the murder. To avoid further conflict Sujatha
had given the son to the couple from abroad.
A driver of the driving school elopes with a girl to Thuthukudi,
the harbour town. They take shelter in a police station and ask
the inspector to help them. The inspector informs the girl's
parents who come to the town. Ajith too comes to the station to
take his car back.
At the station he finds the inspector giving him respect and in
the streets people call him `thalae' and run
away in fear. He
also gets `mamool' money. He is unable to understand the
happenings and goes back to Chennai. The real `thalae' is the
other twin who was adopted by the couple. He ran away from the
airport and found his way to the harbour town. He grew up to be
a dreaded rowdy known as `thalae' to everybody. Due to the
actions of his twin brother `thalae' gets into trouble with
Samudhrakani (Pithamaghan Mahadevan) a respected senior don of
the area. Finding the pressure building up `thalae' gets his
twin brother down to the town and exchanges places to escape
from the dragnet spread by Mahadevan. Now `thalae' reaches
Chennai with a aim to wipe out his mother and her business and
brings her to the streets for abandoning him at the young age
and leaves the job of killing his twin brother to Samudhrakani.
The city slicker turns out to be a smart cookie and manages to
wriggle out the situation and flees the town with thalae's aide
Surla (Ramesh Khanna). He cannot go back to the school because `thalae'
threatens him that he would kill his mother if he came back.
Just when `thalae' has successfully finished his plans and put
an end to the school he is shocked to hear Sujatha lauding her
son whom she sent off to give the other son a good life. She
repents that the other son is not present to save her from this
predicament. He is remorseful and at this juncture Manthram
turns up. The face
to face meeting sparks off a battle with
Manthram. Samudhrakani and another Don too join the battle
against `thalae'. The city slicker Ajith too turns up. The twins
fight the three pronged attack. They emerge victorious. `Thalae'
leaves the city and asks other's not to tell about his identity
to his mother who is recovering in a hospital.
Ajith excels in dual role - that of a carefree driving school
instructor and an underworld Don. Humour comes naturally to
Ajith. Pooja as his lover looks pretty but does nothing by way
Actually speaking she does not have much scope to perform.
Karunas, Vaiyapuri and Ramesh Khanna provide some lighter
moments. Sujatha as Ajith's mother, Pithamaghan Mahadevan as
Samudhrakani and Babu Antony as Manthram have done their job
neatly. Barring logic and an old fashioned story, Saran has
given a lighthearted and pure 3 hour commercial masala film. The
director could have avoided double meaning dialogues (meant for
the front benchers) which are laced through out the film. Among
the six songs of Bharadwaj, the opening song "Unakkennae...
Unakkennae..." by Vairamuthu is good. The background music,
though a trifle loud at times, lends itself to the narrative,
which in turn is fast-paced. Super Subbarayan's fights are worth