When you pick this plot of ‘Yennai Arindhaal’ for reference, you could compare it with many films in the past, where the cop undergoes a lot of upheavals for being honest. In fact, the much previous films of Gautham Vasudev Menon cop stories. Yennai Arindhaal strictly travels on the same route, but what brings up the difference is the storytelling method that Gautham and his team of writers have crafted here. The characterisations are powerfully projected and the screenplay in many places looks impressive.
Let’s take a small look on the film’s synopsis followed by a vivid analysis by Behind Frames.
Yennai Arindhaal opens with Then Mozhi (Anushka Shetty), a beautiful and elegant girl who on her flight from USA to Chennai. During this travel, she comes across a handsome grey-and-black haired man Sathya Dev (Ajith Kumar). Immediately, she starts dreaming off marrying him and indeed decides to propose. Silently, listening to his conversation with someone on the phone, she manages to meet him very next day at Coffee shop. When she is about to admit her love, Victor (Arun Vijay) along with few masked men barge in to kill Then Mozhi and here begins the clash. Sooner, the story unwinds the past life of Sathya Dev of his life got mixed with so many characters like Victor, Hemanika, Thenmozhi and few others and how they are connected together.
Ajith Kumar has very well understood the need for change and comes up with uniqueness in his characterisation… He suits the role of a father, friend, cop and lover with perfection and the scenes involving him along with Trisha and the baby girl are beautifully crafted by Gautham Vasudev Menon. Although, Trisha doesn’t appear throughout the film and her role is confined to not more than half an hour, it has been done with excellent caricaturing. She looks more beautiful as in the previous film of Gautham Vasudev Menon. Not to miss the romantic episodes of Ajith and Trisha that is poignantly done. Anushka Shetty is marvelous in her looks and she has done a good job. Arun Vijay becomes the first and foremost attraction on pars with Ajith Kumar. In spite of being in the industry for many years, he has gained his first ever recognition through this film. His final acts for the last 20 minutes are fantastically highlighting.
The first half of this film is completely focusing on the introduction of characters, but it takes a long time for the actual story to be placed. Only after intermission, there are some best sequences, which keep us engaged to a greater magnitude.
Harris Jayaraj’s songs pep up the film’s moment and the background score are elegantly splendid. Dan Mc Arthur turns the visual richness with more colours and best tones of treatment with his cinematography. In almost all the films of Anthony, he would go for abrupt cuts, but has mildly modified his style here.
On the whole, Yennai Arindhaal has brilliant visuals, compelling screenplay with some powerful scenes in second half and Ajith Kumar appearing in a different role than his previous film is a good piece of attraction. The film binds us emotionally with the drama that involves father-daughter, friendship and poetic love.
Verdict: Definitely not a masterpiece, but Ajith Kumar stuns.