CAST: Vijay Antony, Satna Titus, Deepa, Muthuraman, Bhagavathy Perumal
DURATION: 2 hours 10 minutes
MUSIC: Vijay Antony
Vijay Antony is hardly expressive and his dialogue delivery remains the same be it an emotional scene or an action scene. But he has displayed an uncanny ability in selecting roles that suit his limited range — he certainly looks the part in all these roles. As in his debut film Naan, in Pichaikkaran, too, he plays a character who is living with a false identity, and has to speak as little as possible so that he doesn’t give away his true identity. But the film is far removed from Naan. That was a thriller, but this one is a melodramatic action film that seems to be the actor’s first step in moving into the mass hero league. Arul’s transition into the life of a beggar is done mostly at a surface level. We see him living with beggars, but we hardly feel that he is living as one. And the set of beggars seem to be well-to-do ones. Even in the climax, we see a villain turn up at the exact spot where Arul is chasing a gangster.
But these niggles don’t affect the film so much because the tone is that of an old-fashioned masala movie. Time and again, Arul beats up the men who try to attack him (he even uses a corn cob to maim his attackers) or those close to him, and we can’t help but cheer his actions. And Sasi amps up the melodrama at crucial moments, like in the climax when Arul has to choose between revealing his identity and saving a life and protecting his identity and saving his mother, that the narrative is mostly propelled by the emotions in this tale.