Iyarkai is a familiar love triangle that plays out in
unfamiliar surroundings. It revolves around a girl and the two men who love her
but by placing the happenings in a port town of Andaman, the director manages to
give the proceedings a fresh feeling. The distinctiveness of the locations and
the photography, along with the nice characterizations and strong climax make
Iyarkai one of the best movie among the countless love triangles in Tamil
Marudhu (Shaam), an orphan and sailor, lands in Andaman and decides to give up
his sailing life and settle down there. He develops a liking for Nancy (Radhika),
who sells fruits and other items to sailors on ships that have arrived at the
port. But Nancy still holds a candle for the captain of a ship that docked there
three years ago. The captain( Arunkumar) had promised her that he would return
in a year but three years later, Nancy has still not given up hope.
Characters have been developed well and their behaviors and reactions are
practical and sensible. This is especially true of the three main characters.
Shaam's matter-of-fact way of revealing his love and his subsequent actions earn
our respect and sympathy. Radhika's character of a girl not sure of her feelings
is crafted well and manages to be indecisive without earning our irritation.
Arunkumar's scenes with Radhika are also cute The ending itself is crisp but has
a strong impact. It actually leaves us wondering if it is a happy ending or a
sad ending (probably a bit of both).