After Vamsam, comes Udhayan starring Arulnidhi, grandson of former Tamilnadu Chief Minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi. Unlike Vamsam which was a rural-based theme, Udhayan is a city-slicker which is loaded with all commercial elements.
Directed by Chaplin, a debutant, the movie has Arulnidhi playing a dual role for the first time and Kannada actress Praneetha as his ladylove. Ashish Vidyarthy and Santhanam give enough support to the script.
Udhayan (Arulnidhi) is an assistant manager in a bank. Santhanam is his colleague. They have their funny moments. The former comes across Priya (Praneetha) and he falls for her. A man of convictions, he straightaway approaches her to marry him.
Meanwhile, a man (Ashish Vidyarthy) goes around searching for Udhayan with his photograph in his hand. And Priya's father, who works as an auditor with an underworld gang, in the city, seeks the help of his employer to warn Udhayan to stay away from his daughter.
With the gang too having a score to settle with Udhayan, they go with vengeance to attack him. But it is a case of mistaken identity. Udhayan is eventually knifed. Now it is all about how things are set right.
Arulnidhi has relished playing a dual role. He is at ease as a city-bred youth. He romances and does stunts too. Praneetha is cute and vivacious. Santhanam's one-liners are entertaining. Ashish Vidyarthy fits the role well.
Chaplin starts the movie in a lighter vein and slowly infuses action in it. The twists and turns are interesting though predictable.S D Vijay Milton's cinematography and music by Manikanth Kadri are good and deserve a mention. On the whole, Udhayan is a cliched entertainer with Arulnidhi shouldering major burden