From here starts the real road trip of 'Paiyya' in full throttle. And then he is off to America, not for a career, not for studies but to win his girl's heart and marry her. He tries to woo her until she rejects him saying he is like her 'anna'. He is right there all through the film giving a neat performance. It is about this time that the director has made maximum usage of his good looks and the famous six-pack ab.
A reckless Surya then starts smoking, drinking and becomes a horrible drug addict. Sameera Reddy has been casual and fits the role aptly. An unfortunate incident happens and Megna dies. . After six years in the armed forces, he becomes a major and also has loving thoughts of a girl Priya played by Divya Spandana he had known for a long time but had really not given any kind of attention to.
Probably the biggest drawback of the film. Debutant Dinesh plays the lead role who is a real reflection of youngsters coming from such areas. The scenes that Vishal and Lakshmi share are cute and lighthearted. Though dejected, Dinesh proceeds to another girl, and again gets jinxed. First to enter the screen is not the hero or heroine, but bereavement over a death.
Vikrant's cameo as Sethu in the film is a comeback for the actor. The scene simplifies a little when the rowdy who runs quarries against the government norms, Simmakal Ravi, hacks down the others for monopoly. But the son in him overwhelms the Major that he is and events of his life unfold as flashes in his mind. She gets acquainted with him again and they become thick pals. But there is a twist in the story.
The hero goes to the railway station to pick a friend who owns a car that Karthi and his friends drive. He plays the close buddy to Vishal and the scenes where they work hand in hand to impress Lakshmi is yet another entertaining sequence with lighthearted comedy. The happy-go-lucky Surya does some business and using the gift of being a good guitarist makes money. We all know what kind of films director Venkat Prabhu can present - cool themes that would lure youngsters. Meanwhile, Sivakumar Vishal is a simpleton to highest levels of non violence, who falls in love with Malar Lakshmi Menon who is a teacher. His parents even want him to go away somewhere to find himself and come back as the person that he really is.
The travails of a youth who falls in love with every girl he comes across and the rejections he faces have been narrated in a lighter vein. He has given his best shot and lived to the adage 'Atta Kaththi' as his friends call him - one who boasts of himself a lot and gets caught in situations that are difficult to escape from. Divya Spandana with her girl-next-door looks performs a role that lightens up a depressed protagonist with good effect. Surya's adolescent days come across as a breath of fresh air. The interval block is centred with an amazing fight sequence. The rest of the cast including Velu Dinakaran's father and Meenakshi Dinakaran's mother are tailor-made for the respective roles.
He has ensured that the film is no tear-jerker and the scenes drive the story. Dinakaran tries to revive his love for her. Nanditha is bubbly and energetic. The rest is all but how some funny moments in his life until he joins a college where he comes across Poornima again. What a fantastic dad he had had! While waiting for his friend to arrive, Karthi sees the terribly tensed Tamannah with her uncle, who mistake Karthi to be a cab driver and ask him to drop them at Chennai. She is homely and gives her best on screen. On Tamannah's request, Karthi sets off to Mumbai, and with a fight scene on their way, Karthi reveals his connection with Mumbai.
Does time wither away the association they had had? The car is their home as long as the journey happens. Dinakaran is the highlight of the movie. Karthi is a guy who is easy on life and has a 'thennavatu' attitude On one such occasion of a job hunt, Karthi spots Tamannah Charulatha while getting down the bus and falls for her instantly. Simran has garnered all her experience and does justice. She reveals her plans to study in America and her preparations to leave in a week's time. When the lives of the innocent Sivakumar and rowdy Ravi get inevitably intertwined with one another's, due to the death of the former's brother, that is where the real story begins. Surya walks the streets of Kashmir and Delhi and even indulges in daring endeavors like rescuing a kidnapped child.
However, it is not love story that forms the main thread of this film. When they pause for refueling, Tamannah asks Karthi to buzz off leaving her uncle behind. The Varanam Aayiram film designed as a tribute to Gautham Vasudev Menon's father comes across as emotions spelt out in a reserved manner and thereby proves to be a tame affair. Dinakaran Dinesh is a happy-go-lucky-youngster for whom life is all about friends and romantic escapades. Megna is surprised but then is not convinced that his love for her is true. With gritty determination, the young man declares he wants to go ahead with the mission.
He comes across Poornima Nandhitha in a bus and falls for her. Be it among his friends, celebrating the death of an elder in the locality, boasting himself or surrendering meekly to his opponent in a gang war, he is immpresive. The story is narrated through montage sequences - the time his father had met his mother in college as told to him by his mother and the innovative way he had made known his love for her - his birth and the way he had always looked up to his dad as a real hero - his sister's birth and the happy little family that they were - his peek at adolescence - his misadventures and the moment he was engulfed by the electric sensation of love etc. Set around the lives of youngsters in rural areas around Chennai, the Attakathi movie has funny moments to keep you glued to your seats. When his protege Pa Ranjith forays independently as filmmaker, he has done his mentor proud by giving a similar movie that is entertaining and catchy. Almost all the characters are played by the newcomers and it is the mastery over the medium of Ranjith that manages to extract the best from the team.