(Ajith ), a young man coming from a modest background, is looking
for a job since 3 years now. He has put in to many jobs during
these 3 years. Every time, Prabu had all the required
qualifications for the job he applied for and he fulfilled all the
conditions. Except one: In all the companies, he was demanded to
pay a considerable amount as a caution deposit. And every time all
his chances of getting the job were hanging on the payment of this
caution. But, Prabu never had the means to pay such an amount and
therefore, he didnít get none of these jobs.
he applies for an umpteenth job in a big company heís once again
demanded to pay an exorbitant amount. Determined to get this job
at all costs, Prabu is ready to do
anything to obtain this amount as quick as possible. Even
the worst things. So Prabu decides to kidnap someone so as to
demand a ransom to the family of this person.The fate leads him to
abduct Uma who happens to be the one and only daughter of Minister
Duray Raj ( played by K.S. Ravikumar). Uma has never experienced
real happiness and freedom because whatever she does, she has
always been subjected to a close surveillance
(her father has hired two bodyguards so that his daughter
couldnít be exposed to any danger).
just so happens that, a little while later, Uma falls in love with
Prabu and, before long, Prabu begins to love Uma too. In the
meanwhile, Umaís parents hire Vaasu ( Sathyraj), a rowdy whoís
ready to do anything for the sake of money, to find their daughter.
The rest of the film is hanging on one simple question: Will Prabu
and Uma be founded by Vaasu?
you belong to the category of the viewers who arenít very
exacting then, youíll not have any real difficulty in
appreciating this film. The storyline is quite simple and, it must
be said, is far from being original. Indeed many points of the
film seem to be illogical and other are simply unconvincing. So,
it seems not very plausible, for me anyway, that Uma falls in love
with Prabu, and moreover so quickly. Especially as he has abducted
her for money! How can a girl fall in love with a man who has
kidnapped her with the aim of profiting from her? Personally I
find it simply unbelievable! Of course, we can content ourselves
with the explanation given in the film, that is Uma falls in love
with Prabu because he has enabled her to taste real happiness and
freedom. But this is a shaky explanation which doesnít really
hold water. Unfortunately, the whole of the story is based on this
shaky foundation. On the same way, Prabu also reciprocates Umaís
love with lightning speed. It all happens too fast.
also found it was a great pity that director Ramesh Krishnan
didnít attempt to develop the relationship between Prabu and his
parents ( they appear only 5 or 10 minutes maximum in the whole
film and, moreover, they are shown
as if they were completely kept out of things) and that he
didnít either stress a little more on
the difficulties encoutered by Prabu in his look-out
for a job. I think it would have been a good thing, given
that this is the starting point of the whole story. Seeing the
film, I also had the unpleasant feeling that the director was
trying to hasten things as the film was unfolding. As a result,
what emerges from all this is the feeling of botching.
in all, the quality of the film is telling on the lack of work
from the director. Itís evident that no effort has been spared
to make the film a lavish production. What a pity !
and Satyaraj have both managed to execute their respective
characters in a good way. Both of them have a great potential and
they both are excellent actors. So, I personally feel sorry that
they both wasted their talent by acting in this unoriginal film
and that 2 very good actors like them had been associated in such
a banal film. I am sure that if it would have been a film of
higher quality, Ajith and Satyaraj would have made an explosive
duo. But, unfortunatly this isnít a film of higher quality.
Iím sorry to say it but this film is simply far from being equal
to their talent.
Zhaveri, for whom Pagaivan is the first film, is restricted
to the glamour doll role. So, thereís no scope in her character.
Besides, Anjela has been seen again in 2001 in Ullam
with Kaarthik and Prabu Deva. But she has disappeared ever since
and is now nowhere to be seen.
songs are quite nice to hear, especially Oo my butterfly, Raajanae
and Poo maalay. Besides, the
dancing choregraphy of
the song Raajanae, which is particularly well-done,
deserves a special mention.
thought is crossing
my mind now: In a recent interview, Ajith said that he has watched
only 12 films among all those in which he has acted until now.
Those films are the ones which had been well-received and
appreciated by fans - in
other words, the best of his films.
Is Pagaivan one of these few fims ?
Review by Kavitha