Touted to be Thala Ajith's biggest release and amidst much hype created by fans, Yennai Arindhaal has finally hit the silver screen. Has Gautham Menon's combination worked with Ajith? What does Yennai Arindhaal has to offer? Most importantly, what does the film has to offer for all Ajith fans? Does Trisha have a major role to play? Continue to read our review and know the answers yourself.
Yennai Arindhaal can be called as a biography of a man and is about the people he meets in his life. Sathyadev(Ajith), is a dedicated police officer who puts work ahead of his personal life. He also puts his own life on the line to make sure his jurisdiction stays clean and free from violence and illegal activities by taking up a dangerous job as an undercover cop.
The story is told in a flash back and the director narrates it in Thenmozhi's(Anushka) point of view. The story begins with Thenmozhi falling in love with Sathyadev. When Thenmozhi meets Sathyadev at a restaurant, a group of unknown people led by Victor(Arun Vijay) attacks them. Ajith fights back but gets injured.
When Thenmozhi asks Sathyadev to explain what's happening around them, the flashback begins and thus reveals the connection between Sathyadev and Victor which forms the crux of the story.
After Ajith earns respect as a police officer, his fiancée Hemanika(Trisha), is murdered by Ajith's unknown enemies. Enemies he gains by being an honest cop. Ajith is then forced to set out on a mission and suddenly Yennai Arindhaal turns into a road film.
With beautiful moments from Ajith's life told in flashbacks, where does the journey of the protagonist ends forms the rest of the story.
Yennai Arindhaal brings out Ajith's best performance till date simply because his character is woven with lot of emotions and Thala doesn't disappoint. He literally carries the entire film on his shoulders but most importantly Arun Vijay helps him to do so. Arun Vijay has brought out his best and we wouldn't be surprised if most of you think that he is the unsung hero of Yennai Arindhaal.
Both the leading ladies have done a fair job. Though Trisha's performance is neat(more like a cameo), Anushka's portrayal of Thenmozhi gets a special mention. Baby Anikha's performance is as natural as it can get. Vivek manages to evoke laughter but only in parts.
Anthony's editing could've been way more crispier, as it turns out, the length of this movie is its biggest minus. Screenplay is slow especially in the first half and gets a touch irritating in the second half as well.
Harris Jayaraj's background score is definitely a plus but gets too loud at times. Dan Macarthur's cinematography is fresh and will provide a new experience to Tamil audience.
Though Yennai Arindhaal reminds us about Gautham's previous movies especially the romance scene between Ajith and Trisha, Ajith and Arun Vijay's performance saves the film and averts a major disaster.
Check out the below slides to know about the scenes to watch out for
Ajith With Trisha
The film was earlier rumored to be titled 'Sathya', which was denied by sources. Another potential title for the film was 'Aayiram Thottakal'.
Ajith With Arun Vijay
Ajith's agent, confirmed the title for the film to be Yennai Arindhaal. The title of the dubbed Telugu version was announced as Yentha Vaadu Gannie.
Trisha In Her Home
Anushka Shetty was signed on by the team to play the female lead, despite early suggestions that Pallavi Subhash had been selected for the film.
Actresses Trisha Krishnan and Amy Jackson were also reported to be approached by Gautham Menon to play the first female lead role.
Ajith At His Residence
Prior to the official announcement of the cast, several actors were linked to portray the role of the antagonist in the film including Karthik and Prashanth.
Ajith With Anushka
On 18 April 2014, comedian Vivek joined the cast, collaborating with Gautham Menon after the director's first venture Minnale (2001).
Anushka's Stage Show
Ajith's salary was reported to be around INR250 million (US$3.9 million) for the film.
Ajith's Care For His Wife
Parvathy Nair was given a prime role paired opposite Arun Vijay, making this film her second in Tamil after the upcoming Uttama Villain.
Taking A Walk
Gautham Menon said that Ajith would appear in four different looks in the film, and Anushka would portray an IT professional in the film.
Taking A Ride
Trisha said that her portion in the film would have a more intense love story than her last outing with Gautham Menon.
Having A Chat
Trisha further said that though Ajith had been playing commercial films off late, this film would show him in a radical avatar.
Stills featuring Ajith sporting a bearded look were released in early October 2014. In November 2014, Vivek confirmed that his character, a police officer.
Getting Ready For A Ride
A. M. Rathnam issued an official statement confirming that the film would be launched on 9 April 2014 and a ceremony was thereafter held to mark the beginning of the project.
Ajith With His Daughter
The first filming schedule subsequently began on 11 April 2014 near the VGP Universal Kingdom theme park near Chennai.
Talking To Himself
The first schedule was completed after 12 days of shooting in Chennai, during which an action sequence was filmed.
The second schedule began shooting on 14 May 2014. A lot of night time shooting was said to have taken place in the film, especially in Mount Road.
Dan Macarthur confirmed that the second schedule was completed by the end of May 2014.
Taking A Stroll
A wedlock scene between Ajith and Trisha was canned in the last week of July 2014. Shooting continued in Chennai along the ECR stretch up to the first week of August.
Dancing To The Tunes
In the second week of August 2014, about 75% of the filming was reported to be completed.
Chat At The Restaurant
Filming moved to Rajasthan where a song sequence was shot in segments in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer for 10 days.