Lots of action, little logic
Tale with twists: Thiruvannamalai
Cast: Arjun, Pooja Gandhi, Saikumar, Karunas, Sudha and Vaiyapuri.
Storyline: How good destroys evil. Bottomline: Arjun plays a double role and his fans should be happy to see all the action.
Action king Arjun teams up with filmmaker Perarasu in Kavithalaya’s ‘Thiruvannamalai.’ The storyline has enough twists and turns to keep the audience glued to their seats. But one must not look for logic in such films.
Arjun is a firebrand, who beats up the unruly just as his father did. But his mother, Sudha, dislikes this behaviour. She does not want her son to become like her husband.
To stop him from being violent, she takes him to meet a guruji in Thiruvannamalai. The guruji, who preaches non-violence and love, startles them as he bears an uncanny resemblance to Arjun.
At the temple, the guruji and Arjun discuss their different points of view. At the end of their talk, Arjun and the guruji decide to exchange places. So the guruji goes back with his mother, while Arjun stays back at the temple. Now the guruji comes in contact with the goondas’ boss, Saikumar apart from others.
Perarasu, who has worked hard on the script, is able to sustain the audiences’ interest till the end. The dialogue also keeps the narrative going. The fight sequences dominate as Arjun plays a double role — obviously Perarasu has done his homework. The director also mixes sentiment and duets with pleasing visuals to keep the viewers absorbed.
Director Perarasu does a cameo here by playing a doctor in a dashing way. Seasoned Arjun proves his skills in the dual parts. But there is a flaw. To underline the difference between the two characters, Arjun should have changed the way he spoke and dressed.
Although Pooja Gandhi dances well, she has a lot to learn about acting. Saikumar as the villain has done his job, but his voice irritates after some time. Sudha as the mother is adequate.
Good background score
Srikanth Deva’s background score is good and so are his two numbers (‘Emmaiyalum’ – Shankar Mahadevan and ‘Solasella’ – Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam).
The camera work by Padmesh is above average. Anal Arasu should have worked much more to make Arjun sweat it out in the his action sequences. When it is Arjun, one expects novelty. ‘Thiruvannamalai’ is produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy. Apart from direction, Perarasu is also in charge of the storyline, screenplay, dialogue, and lyrics.
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