K.V. Anand’s Ayan is an out and out commercial flick revolving around two warring smuggling gangs. It also has a lovely romance and a betrayal drama to add spice to the fare.
The movie starts off with Surya cleverly executing a smuggling of a pirated VCD of a yet to be released movie. He talks in a stylish English and deceives the customs officers in a smart manner. But his efforts go wayward, as the rival group gets the VCD with the help of police. From then on the movie moves forward portraying the tug of war between the two groups (headed by Prabhu and Akash Deep Segal).
With clever strategies and an M Sc degree, Suriya flies across the globe to transport consignments sneaking in and out of the airport scanners in style. Prabhu outsmarts his rival with the support of Surya but his plans are getting leaked to the rival camp. You are in for a shock when you get to know who the culprit is.
Meanwhile, Surya falls for the effervescent Thamanna, the sister of his aide in the gang. The lovely romance develops fast only to get aborted due to some bizarre turn of events. Then the movie treads in a predictable path filled with gang war, friend’s death, songs, item number, and fights.
The first half moves at a brisk pace with humor provided by Surya and Jegan. The second has lot of happenings but it lacks in pace most of the sequences are predictable.
Surya as a ‘kuruvi’ is highly enjoyable. His way of talking (the speed with which he switches over the accented English and local Tamil is amazing), body language, and mischievousness are quite good. He melts in love sequences and breaths fire in fighting sequences. In short, Surya has done everything to make the film credible and a hit.
Thamanna, on the other hand provides glam quotient and some emotional dimension to the story. The slim beauty is lovable in romantic scenes and songs.
Prabhu and Ponvannan have done their respective parts well. Karunas is competent in a relatively serious character while Jagan impresses in a character that has shades. Villain Akash Deep Segal, an import from Bollywood, is just about okay. Koena Mitra sizzles in the item number that is thrust in to the script in an unconvincing manner.
K.V. Anand scores with his racy script and smart execution. Writer Suba, who has ably assisted in making the script, has rendered some hilarious one-liners that ridicule the commercial Tamil cinema. Anand has come out the right mix of double-crosses, smart smuggling, mother – son sentiment, lovely romance, satire, betrayal and action. The stunts have been brilliantly choreographed by Kanal Kannan and the car chase sequences look awesome. Prabhu’s camera, Antony’s slick editing and Harris Jayaraj’s background score add value to the narrative. With all these ingredients Ayan proves to be an entertainer.
However, the second half, which has many predictable and clichéd scenes, drags a bit and tries our patience. While the betrayal drama comes as a shock, the sequences after Surya turning as an aide to the customs officer (Ponvannan) lacks credibility.
Nenje and Iyaayiye stand out among the songs. M.S. Prabhu’s cinematography is fabulous. Congo’s rustic landscape, Puducherry’s by-lanes and Malaysia’s scenic locales come alive. He has also shot the stunt sequences brilliantly.
Overall, Ayan impresses with a racy first half, Surya’s amazing performance, humour, Thamannah’s glamour, music and cinematography.