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gripping fare A still from Ayudyam Seivom
gripping fare A still from Ayudyam Seivom

Three cheers for the director and the crew for highlighting a message, virtually forgotten in these days of aggression and violence. For Sundar C, it is a dream role, where he can display both his histrionic talent and biceps.

Director Udayan, who made his debut with Perarasu, has worked hard to get his message across. And, Pyramid Saimira Productions, can be proud of its first venture.

‘Saidai’ Sathya (Sundar C) works for Annachi (G.M.Kumar), who is on the payroll of several sharks.

Sathya and his constable-friend Kandasamy (Vivek), commit a petty crime and are sentenced to stay in the Madurai Gandhi Museum for 15 days.

The caretaker there, Thiyagi (Nasser) introduces them to Gandhiji and his message of truth and non-violence. The duo doesn’t think much of the message or the messenger as they leave.

Sathya meets Meena (Anjali), who falls in love with him. Manivannan assigns Annachi the task of getting a sensitive file from socially-conscious Udayamurthy (Vijayakumar), who collects data on unscrupulous bigwigs. Sathya is sent on the errand. In the scuffle that follows, Udayamurthy dies, with the words “Vaazhga Valamudan”, on his lips.

Sathya wonders how someone can wish his assailant well.

Udayamurthy’s brother, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ezhumalai, wants to kill the person who murdered his sibling. But, Sathya has other plans of taking revenge.

Director Udayan has borrowed the idea from Lage Raho Munna Bhai, but can take the credit for a gripping screenplay.

Udayamurthy’s introduction, in particular, deserves mention.

The dialogues suit the situation.

The cinematographer, K.S.Selvaraj, should be congratulated for finding some fresh angles, especially in the scene of Udayamurthy’s death. Music director Srikanth Deva should focus on quality rather than quantity.

The role admirably suits Sundar C. Anjali has a long way to go. Vivek, who causes ripples in the first half, disappears in the second.

All the veterans — Nasser, Vijayakumar, Napoleon and Manivannan — handle their parts with customary competence.

Seasoned artistes such as Suganya, Malavika, Vindhya and Ponnambalam get brief roles, and acquit themselves well.

G.M.Kumar’s acting skills are improving with every film.

Ayudham Seivom

Genre: Action

Director: Udhayan

Cast: Sundar C., Anjali, Vivek, Nasser, Vijayakumar and Napoleon

Storyline: How a rowdy reforms himself and follows non-violence

Bottomline: ‘Ahimsa’ wins

S.R.ASHOK KUMAR

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