Review by : Behindwoods review board
Starring: RK, Banu, Vadivelu, Napoleon, Manivannan.
Direction: S.P. Rajakumar
Music: Illayaraja
Production: Karumari Movies
‘Rivalries between two power centers in a village’ is the time tested theme which has been used in Azhagar Malai. The makers have their intentions clear, to create an out and out commercial entertainer for the masses. Napolean and Lal play the arch rivals in Azhagar Malai. It is said that their enmity extends back a long way. It intensified when Lal was engaged in big time corruption with government funds and Napolean spoilt his plans by bringing his acts to light. From then on it is blow for blow, eye for and eye until the end when one has to go ultimately.

RK appears as the younger brother of Napolean. He is the typical youth, carefree, always seen in the company of Vadivelu. He meets Banu, love happens and their marriage is fixed by Napolean. The final showdown happens at the venue of their marriage where all rivalries play out to their crescendo. Lal’s sister also gets involved in this game of revenge.

There is nothing strikingly novel about the premise of the story. Yet, the director has managed to make something
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out of it. The cast has performed well. RK (Ellam Avan Seyal fame) seems to have worked hard on his acting. One can sense the hard work. But, his dance movements still look artificial and plastic. Banu, in her comeback after Thamirabarani, does not get much apart from songs. The near stereotypical characters offer no challenge to the experienced Lal and Napolean; they walk through with ease. Sukanya makes a refreshing appearance in a song after many years. She seems to have turned time backwards, looking good for another innings in the industry. Vadivelu is hilarious in a full length role and some of his antics are sure to be loved and will definitely be high points of the movie.

Ilaiyaraja’s music does not carry the regular stamp of the genius but ‘Karuga mani’ catches one’s attention. Action scenes have been shot in the typical commercial manner. Nothing stands out as an exception in Azhagar Malai.

Azhagar Malai has been made with the B and C audiences in mind and its presentation makes it look like a good candidate for those centers.

Verdict: Typically mass targeted

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