|Photographer||Shabir Ali Khan|
A murder takes place at a village in a mysterious way, and the officials approach Singam Puli to enquire about the unfortunate event. On the course of questioning they find out that Singam Puli is the foster father of Ashwin Kumar, whom he takes under his wings by offering him a job at his cable station office, after he (Ashwin) loses his parents to a car accident.
Once Ashwin grows up, he falls in love with his neighbour Sri Priyanka, who equally accepts his love. Following that, her father gets to know about their love affair and tries to poison Ashwin. Priyanka gets to know about this beforehand and saves him on time.
In this situation, they decide to elope and get married with Singam Puli's help. They successfully evade her father and lead their lives peacefully and in love in a different village. But, soon after that they tranquility goes for a toss when they get involved in a difficult situation. The rest of the plot revolves around how both; Ashwin and Priyanka get out of the mess and how and why is the former connected to the mystery murder.
Ashwin Kumar plays the protagonist and has done a decent job. Though Sri Priyanka is capable of emoting well, her make up and amped up expressions ruin her performance. Singam Puli plays a pivotal role and he has delivered a convincing performance too.
Debutant Irasu Jaganathan has attempted to make a movie which touches upon many genres, like every other commercial movie does. Such as mystery, love, sentiment, action and so on. Though Irasu has done a good job at the directorial department, he fails to deliver a compelling screenplay which keeps the audience hooked to the screen.
Irasu has provided the tunes for the film, and his background scored are much better than the songs. Shabir Ali Khan's cinematography skills come to fore, and his shots are mediacore.
In short, Saranalayam, is below average.