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Tuesday 16 April 2024
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Ayyanar Veethi Movie Review


Ayyanar Veethi is directed by Gipsy Rajkumar. The film has “ K Bhagyaraj” and “ Ponvannan” in the lead roles along with Sattai fame “ Yuvan.” Sara Shetty, “ Singampuli,” Meera Krishnan, Chinchu Mohan and “ Singamuthu” are also in the cast. P Senthilvel produces the film under the banner Sri Sanmugar Pictures. The cinematography is by Sakthivel and UK Murali composes the music.

The plot of Ayyanar Veethi involves two warring families — one good, one bad — whose enmity goes back by a generation. Ayyanar (Ponvannan), the headman of the village, is also the guarding deity of its people; he is referred to as “pudam pota thangam”, so you get what his character is. He and Subramania Sastry (Bhagyaraj), the local priest, are friends since childhood. Marudhu and his brothers, who reside in the neighbouring village, are the evil lot. They are determined to make Ayyanar lose face because his father was responsible for the death of their father, an illicit-hooch seller. But Sastry foils their plans a couple of times. But when a youngster in their family, Senthil (Yuvan), rapes Ayyanar’s daughter, mistaking her for his classmate who has rebuffed him, Marudhu sees an opportunity to ruin Ayyanar’s name for ever.

Of the two senior actors, Ponvannan manages to turn in an understated performance, while Bhagyaraj is unconvincing as a priest. In Idhu Namma Aalu, he played a similar role, but that was largely a comic role; here, his accent makes scenes unintentionally funny. But even this performance feels like a relief when we have to consider the wooden or exaggerated expressions that the rest of the cast make in the name of acting. And the score, by UK Murali, barely pauses for a breather and is an assault on our ears.

But even when you ignore all these and look at the film solely as a storytelling exercise, Ayyanar Veethi fails. It unfolds like a collection of the worst elements of 80s and 90s melodramas. And appallingly, there isn’t even a modicum of competence that some of those films showed in narrating their stories. Here, the scenes are randomly strewn around (at least until the first half), like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, that we have to surmise what the storyline actually is after aligning the pieces in our heads. But wait! This isn’t by design. That way, at least, we could call this abstract filmmaking, but here, all this is unintentional, solely the result of ineptitude.


Star Performance

Ponvannan, who plays Ayyanar has given a subtle performance. Bhagyaraj has done justice to his role. Others in the film had just given an over exaggerating performance and not a natural one.

Analysis

Gipsy Rajkumar, the director, makes his first attempt at directing. He had earlier worked with B Lenin. He has also worked as the slang writer for the films like Citizen and Dindigul Sarathi. Rajkumar failed to impress in his first film with a decade old plot. We had a lot of concepts in this village genre… Two rivals and their kids falling in love concept. Naattamai has the similar style. Almost all the village plots with the headman base concepts have the same story in Tamil cinema. Rajkumar’s script is one among those thousands of films.

What’s There?

  • Performance of Bhagyaraj and Ponvannan is the only plus in the film

What’s Not There?

  • Decade old story
  • Music hurts our ears
  • The screenplay is not up to the mark

Verdict

Although the film has Bhagyaraj and Ponvannan, nothing is interesting in their movie, except the neat performance of those two. If you have no films to watch this weekend, you can spend your time in the theaters watching Ayyanar Veethi for the cool AC.





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