Fresh from the success of the first part i,e, ‘Naan Avan Illai’ a couple of years ago, director Selvaa teams up with Jeevan again for the sequences titled ‘Naan Avan Illai’ (I'm Not Him). Incidentally, the first part was itself a remake of the film, which originally starred the late Gemini Ganesan. The story is about a man who was basically a womanizer and had the skills and courage to floor at will any woman he met.
Encouraged by the success of the first part, Selvaa has again come out with a sequel to the film, taking care to ensure that the film had all the necessary commercial ingredients like comedy, romance and action.
Jeevan as Annamalai is throughout the film and is imnipresent. Right from seducing, fighting, extorting… he doesn’t leave anything and does everything to make the viewers hate him for his womanizing ways.
Rachna Maurya, Shruti and Shweta Menon get hooked by him and then attempt to seek revenge on him. Nisha (Swetha Menon), a self-confessed thief and Deepa (Lakshmi Rai), a small-time actress joint the list later. The reason for their itch to get Jeevan’s life is narrated in flash-back and is quite interesting: as expected, it turns out they have all been sexually exploited by him. Dialogues by well-known author ‘Pattukottai’ Prabhakar are very sharp and are one of the pluses of the film.
Jeevan’s encores in seducing these women are realistic and are cleverly thought of ploys by the director – much like the first part. The second part, though, has some ‘liberal’ skin show by by some of the actresses. The director doesn’t forget to add a dash of sentiment to the proceedings by way of the ever-grieving Mahalakshmi (Sangeetha), who tries to help her Sri Lankan compatriots and leads lonely life.
Director Selva has cleverly woven the comic portions and has almost managed to show this as a comic film. In terms of providing entertainment, one couldn’t have asked for a better deal. Notwithstanding the mandatory item numbers, the screenplay moves quite smoothly without making the audience feel bored. Songs, especially the ‘Naan Avan Illai’ and ‘Thooyavaney’, are good and Imman has taken particular care to ensure that background score is nice. Balamurugan's cinematography shows us the best and most beautiful of foreign locales -- not to mention the actresses themselves.
Jeevan appears to re-fit effortlessly into the role that brought him name and fame and some star value. He also does appear to be having a liking to these anti-hero roles and looks like enjoying himself while portraying these roles. Shruti appears the ‘odd woman out’: she just won’t act. Shwetha Menon brings a never-before seen freshness to the screen while Lakshmi Rai is suitably gullible.
Rachna Maurya has a great chance to show her talents as well as her skin and her dance number, resembling Mexican singer Shakira, are good. Sangeetha definitely scores over all others by her matured performance. Mayilsami and Raj Kapoor provide the necessary back-up.
With a little bit of sentiment and massive quotients of entertainment, ‘Naan Avan Illai 2’ doesn’t flatter to deceive: it’s a safe bet indeed for some time-pass!