Director Lingusamy's Paiyaa tell you a story of a youth who embarks on a journey with his sweetheart who is in danger. The interesting part is that the girl doesn’t know his feelings for her.
Shiva (Karthi) is a care free young man, who falls for Charulatha (Tamannaah) instantly. He happens to meet her in quick succession in some coincidental situations. The girl, guarded with her uncle gets into Shiva’s car. During the journey she requests Shiva to get rod of the man and get her to Mumbai to escape from the clutches of goons hired by her step mother, who wants make Charu marry a person of her choice.
The car turns towards Mumbai and the joyful ride for Shiva begins. He comes to know about her plight during the trip and pledges to save her from the clutches of the goons.
Shiva’s love for her grows as the car moves ahead. The intermission point reveals that Shiva too is in a danger from a Mumbai dada gang which guns for him on account of previous enmity.
The rest of the story deals with how Shiva manages to save the girl and himself.
The script travels for most part of the film in a car. Though there is nothing new in hero saving a girl from the dreaded villains, Lingusamy has managed to pack the whole affair in a youthful and aesthetical manner. Siva not expressing his love to his girl believing that true and powerful love would express itself is quite interesting.
However, since the whole problem is solved with muscle power, there is no challenge or whatsoever for the script writer to think something different. Tamaanaah’s skin show, particularly in the rain song, Karthi’s smart looks and youthful way of doing things make the show interesting.
Apart from Karthi and Thamannah, Madhi’s spectacular camera work, Antony’s sleek editing, Yubvan Shankar Raja’s fabulous music are the major plus point for the film.
Karthi looks smart and charming but he does not get any challenge in terms of acting. Tamannaah too has little scope to display her acting skills. Milind Soman is wasted in a tame role.
Paiyaa might have been a better entertainer had Lingusamy concentrated more on story and script. As of now, the movie looks sleek and youthful.