Review – Azhagar Malai

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 Star-casts: RK, Bhanu, Vadivelu, Lal, Napoleon, Ranjitha and many others
Production: Sangili Murugan
Direction: Rajakumar
Music: Ilayaraja

Actor RK, who made a convincing start as a lawyer with ‘Ellam Avan Seyal’ disappointed us with his ridiculous acting in ‘Manjal Veyil’. But now, he has well-stridden on the role of a village youngster trying his hand into the luck of commercial genre. Well, something works on the screens although the script is quite old-fashioned. SP Rajkumar offers nothing new to you, but the way he has added the ingredients of commercial formulas gets you confident for his spell on Vijay’s ‘Urimai Kural’.

The film deals with an obstinate villager who has no worries in his life but has to accumulate for a different life with a great turn. On the way, he has to take up the violent act of settling scores with the baddies.

Placed in the backdrops of a village located near Madurai, Pughazhendi (RK) has no focused in his life other than getting boozed up all the time. However, his elder brother Pandithurai (Napoleon) is a good person earning more respect from the villagers. To set his younger brother’s life into good path, he even arranges for his marriage. But no one is ready to get their daughters married with such a drunkard who has no values. Pugazh has a great time with his maternal uncle Kaththamuthu (Vadivelu). He comes across Janani (Bhanu) and falls in love with her at first sight. For a greater change, Rathinavelu (Lal) hatches plans to spoil the marriage of Pughazhendi due to their previous enmity with Pandithurai. Rest of the story is about Pughazhendi trying to sort out the family issues and bringing peace amongst them.

As mentioned earlier, RK does prove himself of a great actor in terms of commercial films. But, it’s Vadivelu who steals the show with his stunning comedy tracks. Call him as a second hero in this film for such is his prominence. He rocks the screens with more mirthful moments. Lal as usual comes up with a mind-boggling performance. Napoleon and Manivannan have well delivered their parts…

Musical score by Ilayaraja is magnificent and it’s ‘Returns of the Maestro’…. Cinematography has been perfect.

‘Azhagar Malai’ has chances of swaying in box office for next forthcoming weeks until biggie ‘Kanthaswamy’ hits the screens. It’s a good family entertainer.

Bottom – Line: Old wine in new bottle

Verdict: Watch it

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