Kalaignar M Karunanidhi might get aged, but his pen will remain young and immortal forever as his works remain cherishing even after ages. The versatile writer has now touched the greatest peak of penning script for 75th film titled ‘Ilaignan’. The film is also so special for Suresh Krishna as it marks his 50th movie. What makes the film so special is that if the story was set in contemporary backdrops, it could have turned out to be an outdated movie. Well, thanks to the creative ability of director Suresh Krishna and Kalaignar Karunanidhi as they decide to narrate the story in backdrops of 1959.
The film revolves around groups of innocent workers suffering a lot under the ownership of Raja Nayakam, who owns a ship building industry. The workers are prone to desolated situations as they aren’t able to avail good food, water, freedom and are confined to walls. His wicked girl friend (Namitha) makes the situations much worst. The workers depend on their leader Arokiaswamy (Nasser), who regrettably gets killed by the henchmen of Raja Nayagam. Now his son Karky (Pa. Vijay) arrives inside the factory as a worker and started enlightening the workers to wage war against the injustices of Raja Nayakam and his men. Help comes in the form of Raja Nayakam’s sister Meera (Meera Jasmine). Amidst of such intense situation, Karky develops love with Ramya (Ramya Nambeesan).
Meanwhile, when it’s time to gear up for breathtaking war between workers and men of Raja Nayakam, Karky’s mother (Kushboo) insists her son to take up a war of non-violence. But situations urges for different action that leads to a final combat between Karky and Raja Nayagam.
Compared to his previous movies, Pa. Vijay has showcased a matured performance as he looks fitting to the space. His mannerisms have been improved and body language as well. His emotional outbreaks at certain situations deserve appreciations. After a long time, we get to watch Kushboo in a challenging role. Suman looks powerful in the baddie’s role while Namitha could have done a better job while Meera Jasmine and Ramya Nambeesan have lived up to the expectations. Manivannan, Y Gee Mahendra have gone under the skin of their characterizations while Vadivelu’s comedy tracks are rib-tickling. ‘Imai Thoodhanae’ and ‘Thozha Vanam Thuram Illai’ are the picks of charts as Vidhyasagar does a good work in these numbers while his background score enhances the visuals.
B L Sanjay’s cinematography requires special mention as he has captured the shots with an unique tone and placement of angles are terrific. Art work by Thotta Tharani is remarkable and acts as one of the biggest assets of this movie.
Hats off to Martin for spending good amount into the production of such a good movie as Kalainyar’s pen and Suresh Krishna’s hard work are embellished through his whooping budget into technical department.