High & Low
Sarjun KM, who made a controversial short film ‘Lakshmi’ and noticebale feature film ‘Echcharikkai – ‘Idhu Manidhargal Nadamaadum Idam’, has now come up with ‘Airaa’, a supernatural thriller.
Starring Nayanthara in a dual role for the first time, the film is good at production values, but misses the bus when it comes to script and narration.
Yamuna (Nayanthara), a media professional, is not in a happy state of mind due to personal and professional reasons. While her parents want her to settle with a nagging NRI, her boss fails to understand her boredom at work.
She takes a break and goes to her grandmother’s place at Pollachi, where her visually challenged granny is assisted by one Mani (Yogi Babu).
Soon, Yamuna finds certain eerie things at the palatial house. However, she tries to use them to gain popularity and starts to make fake haunted videos for YouTube.
Back in Chennai, Amudhavan (Kalaiyarasan) is in love with Bhavani (another Nayanthara). But, she gets killed in a road mishap. And, the eerie things that happen in Pollachi are linked to Bhavani.
A woman dieing under unnatural circumstances and her spirit taking revenge on those behind her death is not new to Tamil cinema. Airaa too has presented the same thing.
Performance by Nayanthara is good. Though she looks old, she shoulders the entire burden. Kalaiyarasan is convincing, while Yogi Babu has been wasted. Jayaprakash is also there.
There are many cliched and routine things in the movie which prevent it from striking a chord with the audience. The writing is a big letdown. But music by K S Sundaramurthy and cinematography are real plus points.
To sum it up, ‘Airaa’ is a pack of positive things and minus points, with the latter overtaking the former. If you are a fan of Nayanthara and already thrilled about catching her in dual roles, ‘Airaa’ is here for you.
Rating: 2.25 out of 5