If you knew (what this film was like), you’d watch it…

Just when we were giving up hope of the possibility of a Tamil mainstream release that would qualify as a wholesome entertainer, Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Yennai Arindhaal (the third and final instalment of his cop trilogy) came along, right on time! The film, needless to say, is beautifully shot and slickly edited – giving you a complex narrative that keeps you hooked till the very end.

The music is familiar, especially if you’ve heard Harris Jayaraj before, but it’s definitely not bad. Whether the songs stay with you after the film, however, is very subjective. We loved the songs they played during the movie, but couldn’t seem to remember a single tune once the film was over.

What did stand out was the elegance with which the female characters were portrayed – be it Anushka Shetty’s Thenmozhi or Trisha Krishnan’s Hemanika – the women were shown in portrayals not very typical of their stereotype-filled careers so far. We loved Trisha Krishnan as an upwardly mobile, yet traditional Chennai mother. She looked resplendent and carried off the role like she was born for it.

The movie tells the tale of Sathyadev IPS (Ajith), a clean, good-hearted and just cop who is forced to take matters into his own hands when he is unfairly punished for being the good guy. The film traces his love story, how he becomes a single parent and also delicately unravels the complex plot, connecting most of the fragmented disjointed pieces only towards the end.

Arun Vijay as Victor is particularly amazing in the negative lead role and while we assumed there would be a lot of unnecessary flexing of muscle, there was reassuringly a lot of credible acting that elevated the already brilliant narrative. Vivek’s comic timing was an amazing refresher, and Yennai Arindhaal announced the talented comedian’s comeback. The audience was left in splits at regular intervals, with his sharp comic innuendo and unique ability to lighten up even the most serious of situations. The limited use of Nasser, though disappointing, was well done.

To summarize, this is the kind of movie you can take your family to. The violence is on the gorier side and there’s lots of it, so be prepared. It is, however, beautifully juxtaposed by warm romances, a tear-jerking father-daughter relationship and loads of perfectly spaced and spiced lighter moments. What doesn’t work for the movie is the predictability in terms of what might happen next and the formula that Gautham Vasudev Menon has already used in the two previous films from his cop trilogy.

Why you should watch this film?
The brilliant narrative. The fact that a good Tamil commercial entertainer (that is actually entertaining) has released. Because Yennai Arindhaal is the perfect end to GVM‘s cop trilogy. For the gorgeous Trisha Krishnan who has essayed the role of a danseuse-mother beautifully. Because you deserve a great movie this season. And last, but definitely not the least, for the salt and peppery hunk that will surely make you drool – the one and only Ajith.

By L Romal M Singh

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