Pandian has proved that he was not a flash in the
pan. His first movie, Devathaiyai Kandein starring
Dhanush had been a success of sorts. The director
reasserts himself strongly with Thiruvilayaadal Aarambam.
Dhanush badly needed a hit to salvage his career that
was reeling under the pressure of constant damp squibs.
Thiruvilayaadal Aarambam hits the bull’s eye.
movie is an out and out entertainer; it can
be safely categorized as a comedy, though romance
too features prominently. The movie starts with
a very ‘interesting’ scene. The
hero (Dhanush) boards a city bus and announces
that since that particular day happens to be
his birthday he would be only too happy to buy
tickets for all the passengers in the bus. All
passengers are delighted and allow the young
man to celebrate his birthday the way he wanted
it. But at the very next stop waits a ticket
checker who demands all passengers to produce
their tickets, all of whom point their fingers
towards the birthday boy. But the birthday boy
calmly says that he has bought a ticket only
for himself. The ticket checker gets ready to
impose a Rs.500 fine on all ticketless passengers.
this moment Dhanush starts black-marketing the Rs.2
tickets for Rs. 20 much to the ‘amusement’
of the ticket checker.
opening scene clearly puts the message across;
this is one of those movies where it is advisable
to disconnect your brains and reasoning abilities.
Shreya’s presence makes the movie very
colourful. Dhanush’s fans will be delighted
to see the songs that feature him with Shreya.
The expected glamour angle that comes with Shreya’s
presence is not missing. Prakash Raj does an
excellent job (as usual) portraying the elder
brother of Shreya.
Dhanush appears in the movie as an unemployed
youth who wanders aimlessly and has an uncanny
knack of getting into trouble. He and Shreya
fall in love. Prakash Raj pays Dhanush 25 lakhs
and asks him to back off.
initial separation and the reunion of the lovers
is what the movie is all about. Thought this
storyline looks all too familiar, the director’s
touch makes the movie enjoyable. Karunaas, Mayilsaamy
and Sukumar liven up the proceedings by providing
a few laughs, but the best scenes in the movie
are the ones featuring Dhanush and Prakash Raj
going at each other’s necks. The dialogues,
by the director himself, have to be appreciated.
The ‘Enamma Kannu’ song is catching
on really well and Prakash Raj’s antics
of desperation make it really memorable.
D.Imaan has done well with the music. Though
there is nothing special about the tunes they
go well with the movie
choreographers too have done a fair job. There were
four in all, Raju Sundaram being one of them.
Thiruvilayaadal Aarambam can be seen as Dhanush’s
comeback. Though Puduppettai had been appreciated
it had failed to break ice at the box office. This
is Dhanush’s first true hit after Thiruda Thirudi.
The initial opinions suggest that the movie is sure
to do very well in the B and C centers. It has been
well crafted with all the ingredients of a commercial
potboiler. All in all an ‘enjoy yourself’