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Actor-filmmaker Thiyagarajan, Prashanth’s father, while working with Vijay Antony in ‘Yeman’, seems to have inspired a bit more by the music composer-turned-actor and his team.
For, while he has roped in Vetriselvan, an assistant of ‘Naan’ and ‘Yeman’ (both starring Vijay Antony in the lead) director Jeeva Shankar to helm ‘Johnny’ starring Prashanth in the lead, he has also decided to remake ‘Naan’ in Hindi with Prashanth as protagonist.
Coming to ‘Johnny’, it is a remake of 2007 Bollywood hit ‘Johnny Gaddar’ (the launch vehicle of Neil Nitin Mukesh) and a thriller with both positive and negative elements.
Now the story. Shakthi (Prashanth), Jai (Prabhu), Prakash (Anandraj), Ram (Ashutosh Rana) and Siva (Aathma) are partners in a popular club in the city. They are also involved in some underhand deals.
Shakthi is in love with Ramya (Sanchita) and the couple dream of settling down in Canada without informing anyone. And for this, Shakthi is in need of huge money.
Siva gets a scintillating deal from his friend and police officer Kalyan (Sayaji Shinde). To strike it, he collects huge money from his other partners and goes to meet Kalyan.
But to the shock of everyone, Siva gets killed on his way. Soon, the other partners too get murdered one after one. Now it is Johnny’s turn to settle scores. The rest of the story also tells us whether he is able to make his dream a reality.
Prashanth, who is fit to the core, has performed well. Sanchita does good what is expected out of her, while veterans Prabhu, Sayaji Shine and Anandaraj shine bright in their respective roles.
Ranjan Durairaj’s music, M V Panneerselvam’s camera angles and Shiva Saravanan cuts are adequate. Had the director avoided predictability and logical loopholes, this ‘Johnny’ could have emerged a classic like that ‘Johnny’, which has superstar Rajinikanth in the lead.
Rating: 3 out of 5