Director: Sundar C
Cast: Sundar C, Trisha, Hansika, Siddharth , Poonam, Soori
The people of Koviloor village in south Tamil Nadu are eagerly awaiting the Kumbabishekam (consecration) of their Amman Temple. During those two weeks before the deity is instated in the inner sanctum, it is said that Amman’s power to protect the villagers becomes ineffective. Making use of the situation, people who practice black magic perform poojas at the graveyard to appease evil spirits and acquire more power.
As they do it, an intimidating and uncontrollable ghost Maya (Hansika) comes out of grave and enters the Aranamanai (palatial house) of the zamindar (Radha Ravi) and attacks him, thus he slips into coma. Meanwhile, his elder son (Subbu Panchu) asks his younger brother Murali (Siddharth) who had gone on a holiday with his fiancée Anitha (Trisha) to return home. Then there’s this vaidhyar (Soori), nurse Omana Kutty (Poonam Bajwa) who are supposed to take care of the zamindar, cook (Kovai Sarala) and her brother (Manobala) and a driver (Rajkapoor) who all stay in the palace. And all of a sudden everyone starts experiencing paranormal activities. Soon, Murali’s elder brother disappears. Now enters Anitha’s brother Ravi (Sundar C) who tries to unearth the mystery behind the weird happenings and when he reveals the identity of the ghost, they now know that it is out to kill all the male members of the family.
Right from the first scene Sundar C does what he is best at packaging the film with unlimited glamour, eerie moments, farce humor and colorful settings with innumerous characters. He is unpretentious about his approach that, don’t watch it critically, you are in for a little over 2 hours of fulfilled entertainment. The film works largely due to this tactic of Sundar despite the horror genre has a predictable plot with tacky visual effects and there are restricted spooky elements.
Siddharth has nothing much to do in the heroine centric film. While Trisha oozes oomph especially in the Ava Poraada beach song, this is her first ghost film and she is able to pull it off with much ease. The movie picks up momentum only after the entry of Hansika who is the ‘brand’ of Aranmanai franchisee. She looks pretty and though her portions are limited, hers is a pivotal role around which the story revolves. She has done full justice and evokes sympathy. Poonam also adds to the titillating bit. Sundar has got a meaty role and he proves his versatility. Soori and Kovai Sarala’s comedy would surely satiate the galleries. There’s also this cinematic ‘amman song’ towards climax that is being performed by none other than Khushbu. Hip Hop Tamizha’s songs are average. This film ends in such a way that there is a prospect of a third part of Aranmanai.