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Starring: Jeevan, Sangeetha, Lakshmi Rai, Shwetha Menon, Rachana Maurya, Shruthi Prakash.
Direction: Selva
Music: D Imman
Production: Nemichand Jhabak
A sequel to a hit film finds it easy to grab attention because of the good faith created by its predecessor. A sequel finds it difficult to maintain the initial enthusiasm for the very same reason. It has got to live up to its predecessor or perish. Does the Casanova’s second coming do the former or latter?

When you enter theaters to watch Naan Avan Illai there is no dilemma as to what is expected on screen. We know for sure that one fraudulent womanizer is going to con four or five women of all their money and vanish into thin air leaving no traces of his identity. We know who has done, what and why; only how he does it can interest us. In this kind of a film one cannot overemphasize the importance of a tight and engaging screenplay and sadly for the makers of Naan Avan Illai 2, it is the biggest pitfall of the movie. It might not be wrong to say that the screenplay is practically non-existent and it seems to be a whole lot of glamorous portions put together to make a 2 hour something movie.
  Naan Avan Illai 2

One might argue that even the first part too looked pretty much like a glamour parade. But, there was also the plot of the police being on the trail of this serial womanizer, his eventual arrest and an interesting courtroom battle where the accused becomes the acquitted through continuous denial and careful arguments. This element goes missing here. The law is not after him. The women who have been subject to his treachery do try to get back at him together, but it is too weak and too late in the movie to salvage lost interest. It is a timid sort of a response to a huge fraud that has been committed and is snuffed out pretty nonchalantly by the criminal; does not make for engaging viewing at all. It is as if the Casanova is walking from room to room through doors that open at a click; the women fall so easily into his trap. He moves from one woman to the next, easily accomplishes his mission and takes away a huge amount of money. It is like different episodes of the Casanova’s exploits being put together. The only connecting subplot comes in the form of Sangeetha’s character that plays a handicapped immigrant Sri Lankan widow. She is facing a tough situation regarding the custody of her only child. She needs money to settle the issue and surprisingly our Casanova comes to her aid, giving her the required amount which of course has been aggregated from his games with many innocent women. The climax too is on expected lines. He easily evades the efforts of the wronged women to corner him and escapes to some distant place where he is ready to begin his games afresh. The means that another sequel is on the minds of the makers!

Quite clearly, the idea was to carry forward the momentum provided by the success of the predecessor. But with the screenplay failing, Naan Avan Illai loses brand value. The makers have gone full throttle when it comes to glamour which is along expected lines, which also justifies the A rating. But, even those who are looking for a glamour fest might find the proceedings uninteresting. Jeevan has had a field day with four heroines; he does his usual stuff as the man who can enchant any woman. The four heroines have nothing but glamour to provide, as per the script’s requirement. Sangeetha’s role has the potential to give her some scope for performance, but her wings too are cut off by the screenplay. Music, camera and other technical aspects don’t impress much, especially because the proceedings are jaded.

Naan Avan Illai 2 tries to repeat the 2007 success story. But, with a weak foundation, it never really stands up. High on glamour, low on interest, it is definitely not an ideal follow up to the prequel.

Verdict: Casanova fails to woo!

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