A noble message does not absolve this film’s many flaws- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

Filmmakers have long been trying to figure out how to weave an engaging commercial story while also pushing forward a message. GV Prakash Kumar’s Ayngaran is another such attempt that relies heavily on its message. Its release may have been delayed, but the issue at the core of Ayngaran continues to be relevant, and this works in the film’s favor.

The film is about the life of Mathi (GV Prakash), a talented mechanical engineer who creates inventions to help the common man. Although the authorities have the patent office, Mathi’s strong will push him to try and try again. Even the initial writing seems to show a reluctance to move away from common tropes.

The heroine, played by Mahima Nambiar, adds little value to the story, and any attempt to make her relevant comes too late into the film. Even if Mathi’s pursuit of the story is in the central narrative, Ayngaran brings in three other subplots to tell the story. Firstly, there is one involving Magudi, a poultry farmer who illegally uses growth hormones to produce meat. Mathi successfully outsourced Magudi to the media and the latter seeking revenge.

Parallelly, we are introduced to a gang of robbers from North India, headed by Moorthy (Siddhartha Shankar), who pulls off a huge diamond theft in the city. Thirdly, his narrative follows Mathi’s father (Aadukalam Naren), a sub-inspector of the local police station, and his tiff with the incompetent and corrupt police inspector (Haresh Peradi). Eventually, as with these stories, all the angles meet. I liked that the characters are all fairly well-etched.

While these subplots can bring it together, it does at some cost to the logic. In a bizarre turn of events, the multiple narratives culminate in a four-year-old girl falling down an abandoned morningwell and it is suddenly up to Mathi and his inventions to rescue the child. From out of nowhere, the movie turns into a rescue thriller. Despite showing us the elaborately shot sequence of the child falling down the borewell, the film repeats this sequence in ultra slow-motion and repeated close-ups, with all the desperation of someone who’s not sure the audience cares yet. Perhaps if the film had better writing and making, we might have.

Director: Ravi Arasu
Cast: GV Prakash Kumar, Mahima Nambiar, Aadukalam Naren, Haresh Peradi
Rating: 2.5 / 5

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