Story: Thomas (Gautham) is a reckless boy who has no discipline and the reason for that is his childhood filled with troubles. But life changes for him with the arrival of Father Sam (Arvind Swamy) a Christian priest who gives him a sense of direction. There is Berchmans (Arjun) who is a notorious guy and he has a past issue with Sam. With his plan, he gets Sam into an issue and puts him in jail. Meanwhile, Thomas comes across Priya (Thulasi) and starts liking her but Sam’s absence again stir his instincts and he joins Berchmans gang. What happens after that forms the rest of the story.
Presentation: The director has come up with a very different storyline and while the presentation was grand, the narrative was a letdown. The dialogues were alright. The script was weak and the screenplay was adequate. The background score was not that great and only two songs were worth listening. Cinematography was top notch. Editing should have been crisp. Costumes were suiting the moods while the art department was royal. Gautham Karthik did a good job given his debut and he was neat. Thulasi Nair is weak in looks but good in expressions. Arvind Swamy looks handsome as ever and he was impressive. Arjun was the best among the lot and portrayed the negative shades in a good way. Lakshmi Manchu made her presence felt. The others didn’t have much to offer.
Conclusion: The film is made by Mani Ratnam and it also has the son of Navarasa Nayagan Karthik and the beautiful Radha so the expectations are high. The first half goes about with the layering of the characters and how they relate to each other and the interval bang was not that great. The second half shifts track and focuses on the romance angle with a slightly weak emotional impact. Overall, the film had something to look for but it was not really having that special signature style of Mani in it. At the box office, it would be a difficult one to get success.
Bharatstudent verdict: Cannot be called as one of Mani Ratnam’s best