Movie Review
16 Vayathinille
Aandavan
Aarulirunthu Arupathuvarai
Aayiram Jenmangal
Aboorva Raagangal
Anbuku Naan Adimai
Anbulla Rajnikanth
Annamalai
Arunachalam
Annai Oru Aalayam
Athisaya Piravi
Avargal
Baba
Baasha
Billa
Chandramukhi
Dharmadurai
Ejamaan
Endhiran
Engeyo Ketta Kural
Illamai Oonjaladukirathui
Kai Kodukum Kai
Kazhugu
Kuselan
Mannan
Mappillai
Moondru Mudichu
Moondru Mugam
Mr. Bharath
Mullum Malarum
Murattukalai
Muthu
Naan Skippu Manithan
Naan Vazha Vaipen
Naan Adimai Illai
Nallavanukku Nallavan
Netrikan
Ninaithale Inikum
Padiayappa
Padikathavan
Panakaran
Pollathavan
Priya
Puthu Kavithai
Raanuvaveeran
Rajathi Raja
Ranga
Raghupathy Raghavan Rajaram
Sivaji
Sri Ragavendra
Thalapthy
Thee
Thillu Mullu
Uzhaipazhi
Veera
Hindi Movies
Blood Stone

  Join Us



Subscription

 Subscribe in a reader

Movie Review

Aarulirinthu Arupathuvarai
 

(See below for Ananda Vikatan Review)

 

After starting off as a villain and then turning hero, Rajnikanth had an equal mix of movies portraying him as the rough and tough action hero and those that gave him an oppurtunity for histrionics. Movies like Priya and Dharmayudham belonged to the former category while those like Mullum Malarum and Ilamai Oonjalaadugiradhu gave him more mellow roles. But Aarulirundhu Arubathu Varai was probably the first movie to give him a no-frills, completely non-heroic, everyday role. Here he depicts the life of a man who struggles to raise his loved ones but is spurned by them once they grow up and his performance leads us to think that much of his potential as an actor may have been left untapped once he became trapped in his image.

 

The story itself is not much different from numerous other movies Rajnikanth himself starred in, much later in his career. Movies like Padikkaadhavan and Dharmadurai too had Rajnikanth being cheated by his brothers after he had devoted his entire life towards their success. But its the treatment of the subject that differs here. There are no grandiose, overdone scenes to show his affection for them nor is there any artificiality in his reactions to their behavior. There is no comedy, there is just a single fight sequence and even that is quietly done and there is only one dream sequence(and not with the heroine).

Rajnikanth is Santhanam, who lost his father when he was a boy, and has been supporting his family ever since. He joined a printing press at that time and has grown step-by-step, while accumulating enough debts to put his two brothers and a sister through college. His poverty leads to him being jilted by the woman he loves and he then gets married to Lakshmi('Fatafat' Jayalakshmi), solely on the belief that this would get him the money needed to conduct his sister's marriage. But after sacrificing his whole life for his siblings, Santhanam watches on as they leave him once they find greener pastures, leaving him to fend for himself.

 

The movie is definitely heavy with no attempt to lighten the atmosphere whatsoever. Not until the very end do we see any kind of happiness in the movie. But inspite of the pessimistic tone and chance for sentiments, most scenes are handled in a mature and realistic way. For instance, though Rajnikanth incurs huge debts to keep the family afloat, we don't see him treat his brothers with softness always. He barks at them at the right time(like his reaction to his brother's criticism to the shirt he buys for him) and points out his own inabilities. Similarly, his silent reactions to the brothers leaving him, speak volumes. His reaction, when the second brother asks him for permission to leave, with his bag already packed, is one such very effective scene.

 

The effect of many of these scenes is embellished by the sharp script. The feelings are brought out very well in Rajnikanth's lectures to his brothers. His reaction to his brother ill-treating Cho and the way he restores peace and calm after quarrels between 'Fatafat' Jayalakshmi and his sister sound natural, mainly due to what he tells them. Even the lecture of a Jeya's father to her when she expresses her wish to marry Rajnikanth is logical with no unnecessary shouting. There is also a very telling comment on why poor people have more kids that rings true while being funny.

Not that the movie is completely devoid of exaggerations though. The behavior of Rajni's sister, especially when he takes a present for her child, appears cinematic and unnatural. Normally, its the reversal of fortunes in such movies that makes us cheer and lifts our spirits. But here, these portions seem rushed. They give the feeling that S.P.Muthuraman did not have the courage to maintain the sad tone of the movie until the end and slapped together a happy shift in the story. The background voice that narrates the story only gives credence to his line of thought.

 

Rajnikanth here will be a revelation to those who have been exposed to only his recent movies. He makes a very believable, sympathetic protagonist during all stages of life. His outbursts towards his brothers and sister are as effective as his crying over his wife's death. 'Fatafat' provides good support. Cho plays the kind of friend any of us would be lucky to have. His friendship with Rajnikanth is one of the strongpoints of the movie. Surulirajan is cast against type and portrays a man easy to hate. Ilaiyaraja has a classic in Kanmaniye Kaadhal..., though the picturisation leaves much to be desired.

 

ANANDA VIKATAN MOVIEW REVIEW


 
Website maintained by rajinifans creative team
Designed by Evince webwap tech

All Rights Reserved - www.rajinifans.com

Disclaimer Information

MP3 music online

 
Thalaivar's Profile Cinema Closeup Fan's Corner Activities Fun Zone Miscellaneous Visitor's View