The latest to get smitten by the action hero image is Sakthi with his Aatanayagan. Debutant director Krishna Raam has come out with a viable mass masala script with all essential ingredients that would have worked with a known action hero. Krishna has taken his source material from various films, but somehow fails to deliver.
The film follows the pattern set by popular masala directors. The first part has a small town milieu where our hero Lingam (Sakthi) has enough scope to show his heroism. His father (Nasser) is the local chieftain, and always chides Lingam waiting for an US visa (??) for horsing around with his group of friends (Santhanam and others).
Lingam also falls in love with Radhika (Ramya Nambisan), after the usual mix-up. Meanwhile for his love to succeed Lingam forces his elder brother the ‘good son’ said to be an IT professional in Hyderabad Chandran (Aditya Menon) to marry Radhika’s elder sister Indira (Meera Vasudev).
The second half shifts to city, where Lingam soon discovers that Chandran is a big gangster in Hyderabad, whose enemies includes the dreaded don Betha Naidu (Ravi Kale). The rest of the film is like what you have seen in hundreds of other mass masala’s where little brother takes the rap for big brother and takes on the baddies single handedly and demolishes them.
Stale stuff, with bad music by Srikanth Deva. The film is made for Sakthi to turn into an action hero. He passes muster, but should stop being influenced by Ilayathalapathi style of emoting. Ramya Nambisan looks fresh, while Nasser does his regular strict Appa act. On the whole the film is ham-fisted and does not deliver the punch required from a mass masala.