5/27/2017 10:18:00 AM
Rajan is running a school in the Valayapatti village near Kollimalai and charges none of its students any fees. Santhosh Kanna coming from another town after his education stands as a support for Rajan in running his school. In the same village, Bala Singh, who comes as a landlord along with his brother Karate Raja and Moogambikai Ravi are running a private school and are earning in crores. Since Rajan is offering free education, their business takes a big hit with many students dropping out and Bala Singh takes to several measures to put a dent to Rajan's efforts.
In the meantime, Santhosh's uncle's daughter is head over heels in love with him and wants to get married. Santhosh on the other hand hears the voice of a woman every night. And, a priest in Kollimalai knowing his life is coming to an end gives away his powers to Santhosh. Using those powers, Santhosh brings back to life all those who had died in his village. Bala Singh and his brothers kill Rajan. Santhosh then tries bring him back to life, but Rajan appears as a ghost and tells him not to put effort into resurrecting him, but focus on running the school in better way. Whether Santhosh fulfills Rajan's request and gets revenge against his killers forms the rest of the plot of Saaya.
Although Santhosh Kanna fits the bill physically and appearance-wise as a hero, he falls short in his performance especially in the sentimental scenes. The same can be said in the comedy and romantic scenes. Rather than pointing his mistakes, the director has not utilized him properly. Gayathri has played her role amicably - be it in the scenes where she mouths daring dialogues and in the romantic scenes. Bala Singh, Karate Raja and Mogambikkai Ravi shine as the villains. Rajan as the teacher has landed a prestigious role and has done it justice. Nellai Siva, Kottaanguchi and Crane Manohar's comedy antics fall flat. Sonia Aggarwal, who comes in as a police officer comes in only in the climax and participates in the fight sequence.
Director Pazhanivel raises serious questions on how students are being forced into stress when they are made to study tenth standard's portions in class 9 and class 12 portions in class 11. He asserts his views on how students must be made to understand their syllabus rather than shoving down their portions in those two years. However, the method he adopts in conveying his message goes downhill and what's not complicated in the first place gets further complex. In addition, the film goes completely off track when we are shown ghosts and spirits walking normally amidst the presence of human beings and resurrecting dead people. It is at this point when we dismiss the attempt to take the film seriously anymore. However, John Peter's songs are enjoyable in comparison to Pazhanivel's background score which is average. Parthiban's cinematography is also decent.
In short, Saaya is ordinary.