While writing the preview for Ashwaroodan, we wrote that the movie had similarities to Prajapathi and Jayaraj is not predictable. Seems like Jayaraj has turned out one boring movie.
The script written by Jayarajâ€™s brother Mahesh and Sajiv (who had done his Kannagi earlier) goes totally haywire. The story is a mixture of some real life incidents blended with masala elements of some old Sarathkumar films from Tamil like Nattamai and Sooryavamsam and is served as Aswaroodan to the audience. And as if this is not enough, there are many references to Mahabharatha, which gives the film a Prajapathi look!
There is not even one single scene which binds you to the film as it lacks a good script and screenplay. Jayaraj is influenced by the Muthanga incident in Wayanad where women were harassed by the state police, in which 13 adivasis were killed. But to make Padmapriya a C.K.Janu the tribal activist is far fetched! And what is Suresh Gopi doing in this melee? Standing as a good friend to director Jayaraj, he has just done a Nattamai act! Padmapriya is a disaster and her lip-sync just does not match the dubbing. Sai Kumar actually is the only saving grace especially in the confrontation scenes with Suresh Gopi. The music by Jassie Gift is nothing much to write about. The only silver lining is the camera by Venugopalan.
Paresh Palicha writes in Rediff
Our worst nightmares about Malayalam cinema hitting the nadir come true with Aswaroodan. The high pedestal of realism on which Malayalam cinema was placed has been removed. The creativity it boasted of is nowhere to be seen. Every new film is the exact replica of its numerous predecessors, with not even a shot that is original. It really hurts to see a master like Jayaraaj contributing to push it deeper into the abysmal void.
In Aswaroodan there is nothing we can feel proud about. Being D Rama Naidu’s (claimed to be one of the biggest producers in India) first foray into Malayalam, we at least expected high production values or a difference in stylistic approach, but there is nothing that we can devour or can ruminate about. The blame for that solely lies on director Jayaraaj’s shoulders. Not only did he select a theme which dates back to the Stone Age, neither did he put anything unique into the story — credited to the duo Sajiv-Mahesh — that the audience can take back.