You can expect Deepavali, Pongal and other festivals every year. But not Bala's movies. The director takes more than two years to make a film (he has given us 5 movies in 12 years) and when he comes out with a film, it is more than Deepavali and Pongal for those who love meaningful cinema.
After Naan Kadavul, which bagged national award and other honours, Bala, immensely popular for his dark and strong themes, has come out with Avan Ivan, which is his first light-hearted film.
But it is not as light as one would presume. The film has a strong script, backed by able support from actors, music composer, cinematographer, editor and last but the least, Bala, the master filmmaker.
The film is about two half-brothers, Walter (Vishal) and Kumbudren Sami (Arya), who enjoy the life to the fullest. While the former wants to become a dramatist, the latter keeps himself busy with his father's work, that is, petty thefts.
There is a respected man in the village called Jameen (G M Kumar). He is so close to the brothers. At one point of time, Jameen comes across a wicked man (RK), who smuggles cattle to neighbouring State for slaughtering.
Even as Jameen ensures that the baddie is behind the bars, the latter vows to kill him and does so after coming out of the jail. Now it is the duty of Walter and Kumbudren Sami to teach a fitting lesson to the bad man.
Expect a different Vishal who has taken immense pains to play a squint-eyed. He has given his best. Arya, who is not new to Bala's style of work, has delivered what the director demanded from him. G M Kumar and RK add credibility to their roles.
Yuvanshankar Raja's music has added fuel to the script while Arthur Wilson's camera is perhaps like Bala's eyes. In-charges of other departments too have supported the director well.
On the whole, Avan Ivan, though cliched and dragging at places, is a different entertainer. Watch it in theatres for you may have to wait another two years to see such a film.