Director Suseenthiran, who carved a niche for himsewlf doing Venilla Kabbadi kuzhu and Nan Mahan Alla, is out with his third venture that speaks about a theme that is perhaps touched for the first time in Indian cinema history - fable on lost horses.
It is a simple story but with a strong screenpolay and realistic scenes makes the movie count. No familiar faces ands characters resemble faces close to real life. This is what makes the movie believable.
At Mallayapuram, a village near Theni, villagers believe they would get copious rain only if they conduct Thiruvizha to Lord Azhagar, during which the deity is taken around the village on a wooden horse.
As everything is set for the festival, they are in for a rude shock when the horse goes missing. But God answers their prayers and a real horse comes to the village, after which many good things happen.
But comes one Azhagarsami (Appukutti) a youngster comes to the village from a place called Agamalai, claiming that he is the owner of the horse. As villagers refuse to part away with horse, Azhagarsami’s marriage (with Saranya Mohan) is at stake. What happens from here on is the crux of the story.
Appukutti (of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu and Kullanari Koottam fame) plays thr pivotal role. He fits the role to T. Saranya Mohan playing a cameo that of Appukutty's fiancee is a poetry. Azhagan Thamizhmani (who plays the village president) and Barotta Suri (policeman), have given their best.
Ilayaraja’s music is the soul of the film, while visuals by Kasi Viswanathan capture the green scene of southern villages well. The only minus point is the pace of the film.
Three cheers to the whole unit for rendering a movie that is quite different from the run-of-the-mill stuff. This horse gallops well.