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Synopsis: A call taxi driver gets into trouble with the cops for his involvement with a bookie, who dies under mysterious circumstances.
Movie Review: Aadama Jaichomada is about match-fixing in cricket but it wants to talk about the scandal in a humourous way. The plot revolves around a call taxi driver who gets a match-fixer as a passenger and is arrested after the fixer dies mysteriously. The cops think he can lead to them to a most-wanted bookie but then things don't turn out as they expected.
There is scope for an interesting black comedy in this plot but Aadama Jaichomada often feels less quirky and less funny than it should have been. It is as if the makers decided to stick to the lowest possible yardstick and were satisfied for managing to cross it. As a result, many of the jokes do not work that well. A sample is the spoof of the over-the-top heroic cop in our films that appears just before the interval point. The payoff to the joke happens only in the second half but the manner in which the joke is played out — a senior officer berating the cop for the damage that he has wreaked while trying to act heroic — feels overlong and repetitive that we aren't tickled.
The film takes a bit of time to find its footing and for a while, all we get are skit-level gags — like a hideous person acting as a hero (the film is titled Sooravali), a man who has illicit relationships being mistaken for a chaste person, a character stealing from a beggar's plate, a cop ruing a chance to get a bribe and so on. The actors, too, give the impression that they aren't at their best. Karuna resorts to a deer-caught-in-the-headlights to convey his character's helplessness while Simhaa seems to be trying a little too hard in playing the bumbling cop. But Chetan, as his constable, finds the right pitch. Their double act feels like a pale shadow of the Janakaraj-RS Shivaji track from Aboorva Sagotharargal.
Things pick up once a murder happens but even still the humour is scattershot. We are amused at the heroine's one condition to the hero who wants to marry her (she needs a house with its own bathroom), we smile at the dressed-as-angels co-dancers from a romantic song waking up the hero to demand payment, we chuckle at a cop's philosophy of waiting for the crime to get solved by itself and doing nothing (he justifies the salary as 'waiting charge') but we never truly laugh non-stop.
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