And Rajnikanth’s favourite director Suresh Krishna’s presentation and direction is old fashioned, to put it mildly. He has tried to be faithful to the original film Jogi, but the script lets him down and Dhanush as an action hero is a strict-NO, NO! The mother-son sentiment on which the film is based becomes boring and irritating after a point especially when they start dancing at regular intervals.
The story is about Azhagu Sundaram (Dhanush) a village bumpkin who comes to Chennai city from Tirunelveli to earn money to buy gold bangles for his mother! He gets entangled in the big bad world of dons and goondas and is unable to get back home too see his beloved mom. On the other hand, Meenakshi (Archana) the loving mother lands up in Chennai in search of her son without even knowing his address or whereabouts (this happened only in the 60’s or 70’s, films when lost and found formula used to work) Meenakshi bumps into Shwetha (Meera Jasmine) a journalism student who takes pity on the old lady, takes her home and promises to help her find her son.
Azhagu is now known as Parattai, in Chennai and is taken under the wings of Bhai (Nassar) a tea shop owner. Parattai is forced to take the aruvaal as gang wars erupts and single handedly he wipes out Deva, Kesavan and Suri (Aditya, `Kathal` Dandapani, Aryan) all dreaded criminals in the city. On parallel lines he never sees his mother and finally accompanies her dead body to the crematorium thinking that it is an orphan’s corpse! He dances with others, offers flowers and finally after her body is charred, he realizes that it was his dear mother!!
Oh God, do you want to hear more about this film which is totally going bonkers? A piece of advice for Dhanush- in future chose your own scripts and play to your strengths. Why does Meera Jasmine a fine actress do such inane roles in which she tends to over-act? Guru Kiran’s music fails to create any impact and duets come at regular intervals though there is no love established between the lead pair. Archana is the only saving grace though the script lets her down badly.