By Ayyappa Prasad
Actor-turned-politician Vijaykanth predictably utters punch-lines galore in “Arasangam” (government), which can be interpreted by his fans as verbal brownie points scored against bigger political opponents.
This Madhesh directed Tamil venture accords legislator Vijaykanth a free hand to exhibit his brains and brawn to get endorsement from rural audiences.
Vijaykanth plays ‘Arivarasu’ – a name that translates in English as ‘monarch of intelligence’ – heading a police training academy and living a nondescript, happily married existence. His wife is played by Punjab import Navneet Kaur.
Arivarasu is asked to solve the mystery behind the murder of important scientists and entrepreneurs who have created a path-breaking invention to help India and the kidnapping of a senior police officer, who is his brother-in-law Manoj (Biju Menon).
Instead of being another Rambo, Arivarasu uses his brain. He traipses around Canada where he is assisted by Lara, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer (Seril Brindo), rescues Manoj and extricates the nation’s future from the baddies headed by Chandru (Rahul Dev).
Vijaykanth acts his age and puts in a spirited performance. The action is slickly choreographed by “Rocky” Rajesh.
In a word, “Arasangam” is a treat for diehard Vijaykanth fans thanks to a passably decent screenplay.