Another Diwali festival release, Karthiís All in All Azhaguraja, promises three hours of fun
THIS DIWALI, AJITH’S Arrambam faces off with Karthi’s All in All Azhaguraja. Directed by Rajesh, whose credits include Siva Manasula Sakthi, Boss Engira Bhaskaran and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, the film’s added attraction is the comedy of Santhanam.
Inspired by the character played by comedian Goundamani in the Vijayakanth-starrer Vaidehi Kaathirundal, Azhaguraja is an out-and-out entertainer with no pretensions.
At three hours long – in fact, longer than Arrambam by at least half hour – the film’s success however is crucial for Karthi.
Although the youngster bounced into the scene, riding on the family label – the son of Shivkumar, brother of Surya – Karthi also proved his skills as an actor. But a choice of wrong roles, where he repeated himself, found his star rating dip.
This Diwali, he hopes, will bring better tidings. And he has done some hard work too. He had to learn dance steps from the Tamil cinema of 1980s and horse riding. Karthi says doing all that was “great fun” as it brought back memories of yesteryear films which he grew up watching.
The film is also rich in situational and dialogue comedy - the trademark of Rajesh – which should give Karthi enough comfort. Tamil films that have intelligently balanced comedy with action have always been rather well-received.
Azhaguraja is also noted for the teaming up of Prabhu and Saranya, who did a touching film Manasukkul Mathaappu in the 1980s, which was the remake of Mohanlal’s superhit film Thaalavattam. Karthi also had to play the young Prabhu in the movie, which meant imitating the veteran’s mannerisms and body language. Giving Karthi good company is Santhanam, who does three characters in the movie including that of a woman – Kareena Chopra.
The film stars Kajal Agarwal (pictured) in the female lead; she is teaming up with Karthi after Naan Mahaan Alla.
This festival season, however, is a little muted compared to the dime-a-dozen movie releases that usually happen. Giving competition to Ajith and Karthi is only one more film, Vishal’s action flick, Pandiya Naadu.