Karan starrer Malayan directed by P K Gopi is all a worker in a cracker factory fighting for the justice. Though the film has a different backdrop – crackers industry – it fails to explore or expose anything new in the screenplay. Rather, the director restores to clichés and hence makes it a tame product.
Malayan (Karan), a cracker factory worker, leads his life for two reasons - his boss (Sarath Babu), who has been patronizing his family and his lover (Shammu). When a ‘mishap’ suddenly kills his peers and girlfriend, Malayan finds out that it is a planned crime and not an accident.
Malayan gets into war mode and goes into jail after punishing the culprits in his own way. He is in for a greater shock when he comes out of the jail. He finds that it was none other than his respected boss, who engineered the mishap. How Malayan deals with the situation forms the rest of the story.
Debutant director Gopi has selected a new background and he has conceived a potent story to tell. The twist in the second half too is good. But the screenplay that sans novelty lets him down. He has grossly failed to make the fare interesting, as he simply restores to the clichés. The movie keeps on showing Karan bashing up ruffians, wearing garlands, emoting like a melodramatic hero of the 1960s and shaking legs to Dheena's crackpot songs.
Karan however, is the real strength of Malayan, not to forget about newcomer Shammu. ‘Ganja’ Karuppu’s comedy attempts rarely evoke laughter while Mayilsamy does the needful. Music director Dhina needs to do some homework before signing up his next movie.
The film, set in the backdrop of cracker factory workers, miserably lacks any spark in the screenplay.