If there is one director who has been delivering hit after hit, it must be K.S. Ravikumar. Starting from Puriyatha Puthir to Dasavatharam, he has evolved as a director working on scripts that are commonly known as commercial entertainers. With Aadhavan, K.S. Ravikumar tries to make sure he delivers the entertainment expected this festive season on the silver screen.
Suriya after tasting the success of the recent blockbuster hit Ayan, joins hands with K.S. Ravikumar for the first time with Aadhavan. Nayantara, who was earlier seen with Suriya in Ghajini, plays his love interest. Murali, Vadivelu, Sayaji Shinde, Ramesh Khanna and Manobala are part of the cast. Veteran actress Saroja Devi makes a comeback after so many years. Anand Babu, son of Nagesh is one of the villans. Harris Jayaraj composes the music. Story is by Ramesh Khanna. Aadhavan, directed by K.S. Ravikumar is produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin for Red Giant Movies.
Aadhavan has a wafer-thin plot. The story is about how the prodigal son (Suriya) returns home after a few years to save his father (Murali) from getting murdered by the criminals.
Aadhavan relies more on the performance of Suriya and Vadivelu. Suriya steals our heart in the songs. Nayantara, as always has nothing much to do other than fall in love with the hero and sing a few songs abroad. Vadivelu impresses throughout the movie with his comedy. Veteran actress Saroja Devi makes a comeback and that’s it. Her role is limited. Ramesh Khanna is OK. Sayaji Shinde and Rahul Dev are forgettable as the villans. Murali as Suriya’s strict father is good. Overall, Aadhavan boasts a huge star cast who are left with not much scope to perform due to the storyline.
Aadhavan is a musical treat from Harris Jayaraj. All the songs are already super hits. The best ones have been saved for the second half and are the pick of the lot. Cinematography is excellent in the songs. Stunts are above average in a few sequences, but the climax fight is a letdown. The effort put in by the visual effects team to showcase Suriya as the ten year old deserves appreciation.
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