Banner: Yuva Shri Pictures
Production: S.V. Thangaraj
Direction: S.R.K. Kalai Mani
Star-casts: Vijayakanth, Sheryl Brindo, Vikranth, Suja, Ilavarasu, Sriman and many others.
Captain Vijayakanth who hadn’t tasted better success pinned more expectations on ‘Engal Aasan’. Perhaps, this film is somewhat good in terms of story, but takes us back to the days of 80s where a hero is the savior of innocent villagers. Director S.R.K. Kalai Mani has come up with such a storyline that doesn’t evoke a new feel amongst the audiences.
What stops the film making it big in box office? Director Kalai Mani delineates the character of ‘Ilavarasu’ who keeps singing appraisals of Vijayakanth all throughout the film. But mark our words! This film is far better than Vijaykanth’s previous film ‘Mariyadhai’.
The film features Captain Vijayakanth in the role of a bank officer named Mahendran who is transferred to the branch of Village Nilakottai to sort out the perplexing situation of bank fraud carried on by a big shot Marthandan (Debutant Ramki). Over there, he happens to find out that Marthandan has borrowed loan of worth Rs.25Crores in the name of villagers.
Mahendran -his colleagues (Sriman and Ilavarasu) approach Marthandan to return back the money that he had illegally borrowed. When refused, he assures of arresting Marthandan and the very next day, Mahendran and his colleagues are pushed down in shock for the entire bank is burnt down and they are dismissed. Now, Mahendran together with his mates tries to reveal the true color of Marthandan and prove of their innocence.
If the heroisms-bounded punch dialogues and sidekicks praising about his good nature; If these things were eliminated, the film would’ve been a pleasing entertainer. Vijayakanth as usual comes up with his own identity while Sheryl Brindo deviates away from her previous film. Vikranth has nothing to do while Suja has found her way finally as a supporting actress.
Musical score by Sabesh-Murali is mediocre and other technical parts: Editing and Cinematography could’ve been better.
‘Engal Aasan’ has less probabilities of surviving in box office. With no prior announcements or publicities made about the film’s release and with the film getting released just in outskirts of Chennai, it doesn’t seem to be a good one for Vijayakanth.