Director Lingusamy had got to headlines wit consecutive hits of `Aanandham`, `Run` and `Sandakozhi`. However his previous fim `Bheema` starring Vikram received lukewarm response leaving Lingusamy bounded to bad critics. Exactly now, he has determined to strike back with his forthcoming film` Paiyya`.
The Film`s shooting started -off before few months across the highway locals of Bangalore- Mumbai. Post success of Paruthiveeran, it is been a long gap for Karthi as he was busy shooting for `Aayirathil Oruvan` (nearly couple of years). Karthi does the lead role of a young guy with enchanting nature while Thamannah performs the role of his ladylove. Hindi film Industry`s Milling Soman who made a great show with `Pacchaikili Muthucharam` plays the antagonist part.
Right on the day the filming started, there have been buzzes that it is a remake of Hollywood Blockbuster `Hitcher`. According to Lingusamy, he completely denies it saying the film is about a journey of a sweet guy and charming girl and the various charecters they encounter. Most of the talkie portions have been canned across the busy highway road of Bangalore- Mumbai.
Technically the film has an excellent crew of Yuvan Shankar
Raja Scoring music for 5 songs. Brindha Sarathi will be taking care of the dialogues
as Lingusamy just handles the story, screenplay and direction. Rajeevan who
has worked on best eye-catching ambiences is the art director and Mathi is canning
the best shots of the exotic locales. Right Now, the film`s shooting has been
stalled due to heavy downpour of rain in Mumbai. The film is produced by Lingusamy`s
brother Subash Chandra Bose under the banner of Tirupathi Brothers Media Pvt
Ltd. Plans are made to release the film by Diwali.
As is the norm with so-called youthful movies, Paiyaa hero Shiva,
played by Karthi who is seen for the first time on screen with a costume that is
not dirty, is jobless but couldn`t care less. He is full of fun and enjoys life.
Shiva meets a beautiful girl Charulatha (Tamannaah) and instantly falls for her.
Shiva`s successive coincidental meetings with the girl increases his passion for
Shiva finds out that Charulatha`s life is in danger. He pledges to save her from the clutches of the goons hired by her stepmother.
The twist in the tale is that Shiva too is in danger. A Mumbai gang guns for him on account of previous enmity. Shiva, thanks to some tiring stunt sequences, finally manages to save the girl and himself.
For most part for the film, the script travels in cars and this is the only difference between Paiyaa and other such movies. Otherwise it is predictable and hardly exciting. The hero saving a girl from the clutches of a villain gang with his muscle power is nothing new to Tamil cinema. In fact, we are witnessing such stories almost every week.
It is quite sad that a director like Linguswamy with proven record of making interesting commercial movies like Run and Sandakozhi has made such a damp squib.
The interesting aspect in the whole film is that Siva does not express his love to his girl believing that true love would express itself. Ironically, the girl doesn`t understand his feeling throughout the movie.
Since the entire problem is solved with the power of muscles, there is no work left for the script writer indeed. Tamaanaah`s generous skin show, especially in the rain song, and the joyful attitude of Shiva are there for the director to drag the film for 150 minutes.
In addition to this there is Yuvan`s music and Madhi`s excellent camera work that help the proceedings.
In his modern avatar Karthi looks smart and charming, but he does not get any scope to act and hence there is not much to write about his acting.
Tamannaah is given little scope to display her acting credentials. Linguswamy has wasted Milind Soman.
The highlights of the film are music, cinematography, and Antony`s editing.
Paiyaa is a disappointing show, as Linguswamy has restored to cliched script rather than providing something new. The movie looks sleek, thanks to the high technical values but fares poor in substance with insipid story and script.