Airaa review- Nayanthara hits all the right notes, in this engaging story
Watch 'Airaa' for Nayanthara's towering performance as Bhavani, as she quietly seals a place in your heart
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 28 March 2019
Nayanthara, Kalaiyarasan, Jayaprakash, Yogi Babu
Nayanthara one of the most loved actors in Tamil cinema has always taken up challenges head on, and emerged triumphant. With Airaa she has taken the biggest leap of faith playing a dual role and one of them turns out to be the biggest surprise and the highlight of the film.
Nayanthara once again proves that she has the guts to experiment and walks that extra mile to attain sheer perfection. The film actually begins as a template horror-thriller but post-intermission, it becomes an emotional drama and that’s where the performer Nayanthara shines like a diamond!
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Yamuna (Nayanthara) is a journalist writing an Agony Aunt column and she hates her mundane job. She wants to start a programme on YouTube but her boss discourages. Yamuna’s parents also constantly pressurize her to get married. To come out of this nagging situation, Yamuna goes to her grandma’s place in Pollachi. The lonely bungalow and the eerie atmosphere motivates her to start a new YouTube channel in which she creates fake ghost videos and eventually becomes popular on internet.
Meanwhile, a bunch of people commits suicide from the rooftop of their buildings. Writer Amudhan(Kalaiyarasan) feels that the deaths of these people are linked to his lover Bhavani (a dark skinned Nayanthara) who lost her life in a road accident. Just when things go smoothly for Yamuna, her grandma is dragged out of her bungalow by a supernatural power and she is hospitalised. Later, Yamuna finds out that Bhavani’s spirit has attacked her grandma. What’s even more shocking is that Bhavani’s next target is Yamuna, but why?
The first half of the film filled with regular elements of Tamil horror thrillers including eerie camera angles, dark shots, haunted bungalow, creaky doors, rocking chairs and a little strange boy. But as we have seen all these things in so many horror films in the past, there is no big surprises here.
Interestingly, things that work in Airaa is not the horror portions but the emotional flashback portion of Bhavani. The way Nayanthara carries the role with so much conviction will make youngsters fall in love with dark-skinned girls. Airaa also says that beauty has nothing to do with one’s skin color.
With a terrific performance, Nayan hits all the right notes. She infuses the part with the right portions of vulnerability, restraint, and quiet strength, delivering a performance that is nothing short of perfect. She cries so naturally that you start believing that her emotions are real and the character Bhavani exists in front of you!
The black and white color tone, soothing background score and the lovely megathoodham number amplify the beauty of Bhavani. As Yamuna, Nayanthara wears trendy GAP, Levis and Nike brands, even her helmet is branded whereas Bhavani is quite opposite. Her costumes, hair, make up and body language proves the amount of trouble and hard work that has gone into making this lower-middle-class girl look so real.
Airaa would have worked with Bhavani’s portions alone, the horror angle actually takes away the novelty of the film. Had director Sarjun focused only on the emotionally moving story of Bhavani, Airaa would have been a classic. The butterfly effect to the horror thriller is another interesting aspect of the film.
On the downside, the reason behind Bhavani’s revenge against Yamuna is not convincing and the comedy and presence of Yogi babu falls flat. The supporting cast like Yamuna's grandmother, parents and even Amudhan is unimpressive and dull.
Overall, watch Airaa for Nayanthara’s towering performance as Bhavani, as she quietly seals a place in your heart!
Airaa review: It’s Nayanthara’s show all the way!
Reactions from Social Media
Biju Peter @bijupeter
#Nayanthara 's #Airaa could have been a very good short film. But as a full length movie, the script and logic (illogic) spoils the show.
RJ Rohini @rohicutey
Clear strong thought provoking screen play. Nayan neatly presented her own way. More Dan yamuna Bhavani steals our heart. @sarjun34 @kjr_studios @tridentartsoffl #Nayanthara Megathoodham song on Rept mode #sundarmurthy @KalaiActor neat & diff presentation
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Kreezh Kanna @KreezhKanna
Totally disappointed with #airaa Whenever #LadySuperstar #Nayanthara acts in movie we believe that it would have strong subject like Aram, Maya, Imaikka Nodigal and Coco, but this time Airaa makes audience to be disappointed.
Nishaanth Ramakrishnan @nyshawnn
From being an audience at movies to sharing screen space with #Nayanthara . It's been great. #Airaa in theatres near you. It was great act with #LadySuperstar and nervous to see my character Adhi on screen.