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Corny Script: Aayiram Vilakku

Directed by: S.P. Hosimin • Starring: Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Sathyaraj, Sana Khan and Suman.

Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi
(Above): A scene from "Aayiram Vilakku."

Director Hosimin has come up with a movie after a gap of six years. His Aayiram Vilakku is a story set in Madurai featuring Shanthanu and Sathyaraj in pivotal roles.

Lingam (Sathyaraj), the most dreaded don in Madurai, does everything without revealing his identity. Everyone fears him but no one has seen him. Those who know him personally don’t know that he is the don. Meanwhile, the police are looking for a chance to nail him even as archrival Rathinam (Suman) wants to kill him.

Lingam is forced to lay low, as police have plans to kill him in an encounter if he indulges in any activity. His lieutenant (Delhi Ganesh) advises him to give up his routine adventures for the next three months. During the period Lingam, who is now over 50 years old, gets a feeling that he should give up underworld activities and lead a peaceful life. The bachelor wants to adopt a son who could take care of him and provide him with love and affection. Delhi Ganesh tries to find a suitable young man to be adapted.

Gopal (Shanathanu), an orphan living in a small area Aayiram Vilakku, works in a mill. He falls for Megha (Sana Khan), who is fond of social service and animal care. Gopal plays tricks to impress her. Megha too falls for him after some hiccups. Her cousin is angered and determined to kill Gopal for snatching his girl.

Gopal comes across Lingam’s men and handles them firmly. A meeting takes place in the mill and gives an impression that Gopal is an important man in the gang. His colleagues and friends even think that he is the right hand of Lingam. Gopal, feeling the comfort of being considered so, uses this image to his advantage. But he never crosses the line.

Meanwhile, Lingam happens to meet Gopal and likes his personality. He gets close to him without revealing his identity. Gopal, without knowing that he is Lingam, likes the person for his simplicity and warmth. A special relationship develops between them.

Seeing the proximity between Gopal and Lingam, Rathinam plans to kill Lingam using Megha’s cousin. He abducts Megha and arranges a forced marriage with her cousin. Gopal is ready for the showdown. Lingam is ready to go to any extent to make Gopal happy. The police closely follow Lingam’s activities.

Hosimin has got a different storyline that speaks about the affection between a young man and an old man. But he doesn’t have the right script to transfer this story into a gripping movie. He fills the script with clichés and predictable happenings. The movie falls flat.

Sathyaraj doesn’t get anything challenging. Sana Khan and other talented actors Delhi Ganesh and Suman are wasted.

The story of Aayiram Vilakku has the potential to be made into a gripping movie but Hosimin has failed to capitalize. A dull show at best is what we could call it.

— Chennai Online


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