This racy trail could have scorched the streets, if not for some clichéd speed breakers.

The beautiful Tamil title inspired from Thirukural, Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka (hold your tongue) sounds almost like a warning from the director Sathya Prabhas Pinishetty to the hundreds of pen wielding critics of the blogger world. But hey, we are just doing our jobs, aren’t we?

A Mumbai don and a young man from a Chennai middle class family aren’t exactly newcomers to our Kollywood but we liked the way the suspense is built into the initial plot. The first half has Aadhi rocking every frame, with an awesome physique (we have equal rights to ogle at heroes, don’t we?) and good dose of acting. Few scenes of jugging down the beer with friends later, we get to meet the darling Nikki Galrani as the charming Kayal. Even as the middle-aged mom next to me squirms at her teenage daughter laughing out loud at a condom comedy, we are happy to know that we can at least laugh about contraceptives in our movies. The humour in the first half is quite natural as it builds the rapport between the lead characters and other family members. Music by Prasan Praveen Shyam neither hinders nor helps the proceedings.

Somewhere down the line, we get to know how a drunken brawl on new year‘s eve begins a tragic journey for the hero and his friends. What unravels next is an interesting tale of twists and turns that the hero encounters as he tries to piece his life back together. Mithun Chakraborthy as the don is quite convincing but we wish they had brought in a new shade to the often played, clichéd Mumbai don role.

Are his friends the cause of his misery? What really happened to the don’s daughter? Will his family face the consequences? There are questions aplenty in Aadhi’s mind (and ours) as he retraces the day’s happenings. There’s a point where the audience are left to believe that we have reached the climax, only to be pulled into a series of never-ending fight and sentimental scenes. Did we see a bit of Batsha when the hero asks his friends to go inside a house or maybe a Nayagan in the pre-climax scene? The audience didn’t seem to be bothered by the action but the melodrama that followed had few takers. If only the last half an hour had been crisply edited and made into a ten minute finale, we would have absolutely loved this flick.

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(Psst… what we heard at the theatres)

After a particularly long scene, Mithun Chakraborthy shouts, “Naan manasu maarathukula

poindunga”. One boy in the audience retorts, “Macha, avarae sollitaru, vaa da odidalam.”