Perhaps, a speculative one from Ajith Kumar and it looks like he has banked all his hopes on Gautham Vasudev Menon rather than script. It is so much illustrious with the basic plot that significantly focuses on a man’s different dimension and his encounters with few characters. Ajith Kumar has stepped out of his comfort zone that comprises of a stereotypical package of walk ups, triggering up bullets and giving profile looks. He settles down as a character and rigidly doesn’t entertain unwanted mass heroism anywhere. An ample evidence goes well with the first shot of his introduction.
Sathya Dev (Ajith Kumar) has been a honest cop with an inspiring intention that popped up due to a drastic tragedy that shook his life terribly. The complete film is about his mission to curb down a serious issue and his sudden reach out towards Then Mozhi (Anushka Shetty) creates a puzzling thought and even surprises Victor (Arun Vijay), who comes to kill her. What unfolds next is a series of episodes that unwinds the true identity of Sathya Dev forms crux of the story.
A deliberate factor! Gautham Vasudev Menon stubbornly sticks to the same prototyped formula of his narrative panache. It’s a cop story and something too close striking similarities with his yesteryear flicks like Kaakha Kaakha and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. A cop’s sincerity tested by the trials and tribulations and the losses he incurs with retaliation at end. In all likelihood, the protagonist Sathya Dev abruptly steps into the same shoes, but the treatment turns to be slightly unparalleled with the brilliant delineation of characterizations. Though not a remake, it rigidly fits the zone of Departed, Taking of Pelham 123, Al Pacino-Robert Di Nero starrer ‘Heat’. Well these flicks doesn’t have anything to strike the similarities with plots, but the way lead actors, both protagonists and antagonists were portrayed. Ajith Kumar and Arun Vijay have their piece of stunning toast throughout the film, especially during the penultimate and climax sequences. Trisha becomes an apt epitome of how heroines in spite of appearing in shorter duration can create a great impact throughout the film. Anushka Shetty is a victim in the plot and there is nothing much for her to perform. Arun Vijay becomes the absolute stunner throughout the film, particularly during the last 25 minutes of this film, where the theatres are spangled with applause. Vivek might not be appearing to tickle the funny bones throughout, but gets his role sketched well.
Musically, Harris Jayaraj throws up some stunning music in the backdrops and his songs are exquisitely impressive with exotic visuals offered by Dan Mc Arthur.
If you are precisely looking up for some attributes on the flip side, the first half with slow moments with dragging screenplay could have been avoided. Gautham Menon’s same pattern is rewritten again and there is nothing new about it. Nevertheless, it’s the colossal performance of actors, especially Ajith Kumar and Arun Vijay that evokes the best response. Although, romance and action become the intriguing part of this film, the chronicled chapters of Ajith Kumar and his daughter girl are nicely captured, sometimes moistening the eyes.
Overall, ‘Yennai Arindhaal’ could be comprising a time-worn story, but a gripping narration during second half with some promising performances from the actors amalgamated with stellar technical aspects make it worth watchable.
Verdict: Appealing performance, but stereotypical plot