Naan Avanillai Movie Review
Cast: Jeevan, Malavika, Namitha, Sneha, Jyothirmayee, Keerthi Chawla
Music: Vijay antony
Production: V Hitesh Jhabak
Naan Avan Illai is the story of Joseph Fernandes (the original name of Jeevan's character); a genius who does not believe in hard work. He uses all his natural talents at conning people and drives his elder brother to desperation. Jeevan is soon placed under the watchful eyes of a friend of his elder brother. But as fate has it, the friend is a politician and the fraud that was struggling to grow within Jeevan finds fertile soil. With a little bit of encouragement, Jeevan is convinced that swindling people out of their money is the best thing to do in life. After that Joseph Fernandez disappears from the film, but Jeevan remains there. Well, it's like this. A permanent name and identity can prove harmful to the health of a trickster and so Joseph Fernandez changes identity even before you realize.
From here on, it is the story of five beautiful but gullible women (one at a time) and Jeevan. He befriends, promises big things, sometimes marries and always in the end disappears with a big amount of money leaving no trace behind. Saying more about the story would not be in the right spirit. From Namitha to Malavika, all the ladies fall into the trap without exception.
What makes the movie interesting is the way in which he cons all the ladies. The writer-director of the movie, Selva must have worked overtime to device such foolproof methods. One can't help but wonder whether the movie is a biopic of the writer. There is not a single loophole to detect in any of the methods used. Jeevan is at his best while swindling women, as he proved with Thiruttu Payale. His playboy looks and body language fit the character like a glove. Jeevan is the automatic choice for playboy in Kollywood.
Coming to the heroines, there seems to have been a glamour contest in the movie. Each of the ladies has a song all for themselves and all of them have used their opportunity to the fullest, they sizzle. Anyone going to the theater expecting a heavy dose of glamour will not be disappointed; the five leading ladies have not been wasted.
On the technical front, one must commend both the camera (E.K.Sendhil Kumar) and the editing (Suresh Urs). Both of them have lent certain richness to the movie. Dialogues - crisp and sharp, by Pattukotai Prabhakaran add strength to Jeevan's character. Finally, the music by Vijay Anthony too does not let you down. The only glitch in the movie may be the stunt effects that could have been better taken care of.
All in all, a commercial entertainer that is close to flawlessly scripted and neatly executed. There's lots of color, lots of glamour and lots of excitement; enjoy your time in the theater. But remember, the techniques that have been used in the movie have been conceived and performed by professionals, do not try it in your life! You could end up in jail.
One final word: 'You get as good as you give'. Jeevan, for all his fraudulence, does get the wrong end of the stick towards the end and that's where the sixth lady enters. Does he survive the bad turn of fortune, does he carry on as Casanova, watch Naan Avanillai to find out. It's worth it.
Is it a remake of the yesteryear Gemini Ganesan starrer? Well, don't bother yourself with unnecessary details. It's a good movie, enjoy it.
At last, Paruthiveeran has competition.
Edited by rhodes - 24 April 2007 at 12:06pm