S P Jananathan, known for purposeful movies, gets us to a different journey through jungles with an action packed thriller.
Dhuruvan (Jayam Ravi), hailing from a tribal community, is a forest officer, is deputed to train NCC Cadets and get them into forest trekking. He is constantly insulted by his superior Ganesh Ram (Ponvannan) who belongs to upper caste. Some of the girls too insult him because of his background. But Dhuruvan brushes them aside and performs his task well.
Dhuruvan goes into the dense jungle with selected 5 NCC girls. His team stumbles upon a shocking development which could be dangerous to the nation. They plan to defeat the plans of the foreign terrorists and hence stay in the jungle for one more day. Ganapathy Ram, suspecting Dhuruvan for not returning as per the schedule, starts hunting for him. How Dhuruvan and his team counter the enemies and protect the nation forms the crux of the story.
The movie, which begins on a slow note, gathers momentum as it progresses. The adventurous portions have been conceived and executed well. The trapping of first two terrorists stands out. But the director has failed to keep the momentum, as he goes wayward in his quest to add ‘social’ angle to the adventurous fare. His way of taking on the caste system and the Indian polity is lacking maturity and hence it turns out to be an irritating deviation from the plot. He has failed to accommodate his political statement deftly. The way the girls behave against the officer from a tribal community too is immature. But the way the director has made the girls perform some stunning action scenes too is commendable.
Ravi looks smart and masculine to fit the role of a forest officer. He is at ease in action sequences but found wanting when it comes to dialogue delivery. All the girls have done their part well.
Peraanmai is worth a watch for its adventurous portions.