Critic’s Rating : / 5
Ayngaran Movie Review : Ayngaran is well-written, but could have been made better
Though the main plot of the film has been done to death in Tamil cinema, Ayngaran works in parts. It’s about how a passionate mechanical engineer invents a machine that not only saves the life of an innocent kid but also unearth a mysterious theft case.
The film begins with Mathi (GV Prakash), a mechanical engineering graduate, trying to sell one of his inventions. However, the person he goes to rejects the project, citing that the invention serves no purpose. Rejection becomes a common affair for him wherever he goes and Mahima Nambiar, his love interest comes as the only sunshine in his life. As life goes on, Mathi happens to enter a poultry farm along with his friend Kaali Venkat and discovers mysterious activity going on at the place. He captures it and makes it viral, which, in turn, affects Magudi, the owner of the farm, who is also an influential businessman.
On a parallel track, we get a sub-plot about a gang of six people from the north that commits a huge diamond theft in the city. While trying to evade Magudi, Mathi encounters this gang by chance. Meanwhile, we are also shown that a four-year-old girl has fallen into a borewell pit on a private land — a news that has become a sensation. How it links to Mathi’s life and how his invention solves all conflicts complete the arc of the story.
Though the initial sequences and the scene structure in the beginning look vague, Ayngaran really kicks off after thirty minutes. The characterisation of every individual is well-written and the non-linear story-telling pattern in the second half is engaging. For instance, the director of the film, Ravi Arasu, introduces us to a situation (the breaking news of the kid trapped in a borewell pit) and then takes us on a journey, showcasing how all the characters had a role to play in order to arrive at the situation.
Certain commercial elements, like the romantic portions, feel forced into the narrative, and they could have been avoided in a raw subject like this.
All the characters have a proper closure in the second half, which makes the film more convincing. The protagonist’s conflicts with all his enemies are also well constructed.
Though Nayanthara’s Aramm, which released in 2017, also dealt with the same social issue, it is to be noted that this film was written way before Aramm.
GV Prakash’s performance is good and mature. He is apt for the role. Thanks to the stunt choreographers, the stunts look realistic. The slow motion shots during the action sequences work well and this is one of the film’s highlights. The supporting actors, including Haresh Peradi, who plays a lustful and greedy inspector who locks horns with the Mathi’s dad (Aadukalam Naren), and Siddhartha Shankar, who plays the leader of the criminal gang, do really well. Mahima Nambiar delivers a decent performance, too.
On the whole, Ayngaran is definitely a film that speaks about a worthy cause, but it could have been made even better.