Cutthroat crane operator Agilan would do anything to rule supreme over the sordid underbelly of the Indian Ocean. Yet as his sinister trip progresses, his unexpected past gives his evil crimes a completely new perspective.
Agilan Movie Review: In Kollywood, we don’t often get to enter strange realms, but Jayam Ravi’s Agilan, which is set at the Chennai port, does a good job of capturing the everyday life there. The plausible environment and the incorporation of gaudy features, which are typical of every commercial entertainment, are what distinguish it.
The second half of the movie, however, falls short of the high standards set in the first. The first part of the movie introduces us to the cargo activities at Chennai’s harbour as well as the organisation in charge of overseeing illicit maritime trade. Agilan, a cunning crane operator played by Jayam Ravi, ascends to the position of “King of the Indian Ocean” after carrying out a risky transaction for renowned kingpin Kapoor. But is it all Agilan wants, or does he have other goals in mind?
Using intriguing setup scenes, director Kalyana Krishnan effectively depicts daily life at the port. Sadly, as Agilan’s personal history and objectives are revealed, everything begins to crumble. The film’s initially high level of excitement is lowered by the predictable moments that come afterwards. The second-half story elements’ pacing is the primary flaw in the movie. To maintain the audience’s interest, Agilan, for example, might have played the villain for a longer amount of time. The political context shown in the movie is his motivation to employ ships for charity to address the problem of world hunger, but it is not compelling enough. The film’s flow is ruined by the backstory’s early entrance.
The language is sharp and captivating, and Priya Bhavani Shankar gives a convincing portrayal as the officer who aids Agilan in pursuing his goals. She doesn’t have a lot of room to perform, yet her presence is still felt. The other actors, notably Tanya Hope and Harish Uttaman, gave their all as well.
The picture is solely carried by Jayam Ravi, whose performance stands out for the effort he put into both his body language and sentence delivery. His presence elevates the typical storyline because he is a tough crane operator. Although though Agilan uses the same commercial clichés we’ve seen before, its setting adds a little more appeal. The second half of the movie is enjoyable, but it falls short of what the crowd was hoping for.
It was a technical team effort to shoot a full movie in a harbour, and they should be commended for that. A particular mention should be made to Sam CS’s background soundtrack because it enhances the movie nicely. Without detracting from the storyline of the movie, the staging and shots also move easily. Given its extensive production, the film’s size is amazing, and its creators deserve praise for partially pulling it off.
Although it may have been better, Agilan is still worth seeing.