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22 Aug, 2014 2 hrs 30 mins U
Bharath, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunakaran

ATSVS is a film so dated that by the interval the reek of staleness is so strong that we start looking at the ticket to see if there was an expiry date mentioned


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Synopsis: An uneducated and naive young man from a family of Siddha doctors wants to marry an educated woman so that he won't be cheated in life. He marries a girl lying that he is a doctor but the girl has her own secrets...

Movie Review: Just when the last few weeks, with movies like Jigarthanda , Kadhai Thirakkadhai Vasanam Iyakkam and Sathuranka Vettai , seemed to signal that Tamil cinema is taking some steps in the right direction, here comes Aindhaam Thalaimurai Siddha Vaidhya Sigamani ( ATSVS ) to dash any such hopes and prove that it will always remain a case of one step forward two steps backward for our industry.

The hero, Sigamani (Bharath, who couldn't have chosen a worse endeavour for his 25th film), not only lacks education but also lacks common sense. We are asked to believe that he is so good hearted that even when he realizes that his 'friends' are cheating him, he'll let them carry on with it. Even his concept of romance is plain ridiculous. He goes to a college, drops a peacock feather in front of the gate and starts 'loving' the girl who picks it up. And, the girl's family is even worse. Her dad (an over-the-top Thambi Ramaiah) decides that Sigamani is an MBBS doctor just because someone asked for a doctor on his mobile! As for the heroine (Nandita, acting coy for the nth time), she will even go to the extent of consuming poison when accused of infidelity rather than come out with the reason behind her secret visit to a man's house.

ATSVS is a film so dated that by the interval the reek of staleness is so strong that we start looking at the ticket to see if there was an expiry date mentioned. Even proven comedians like Thambi Ramaiah and Karunakaran (among more than a dozen comedy actors who populate the film), for all their spirited attempts, cannot lift it beyond a few half-laughs. The quasi message-oriented plot that wants to stress on the need for education is now very much obsolete (at least Kunguma Pottu Gounder , which seemed dated even for 2001, had earnestness in its core) but still, given that it is billed as a comedy, you expect it to be somewhat entertaining. Films like Naane Raja Naane Manthiri and Rasukutty , which also featured an uneducated hero, managed that. But here, scene after scene is not only predictable but also unfunny, illogical and even offensive (to not just general practitioners of any form of medicine but also to any thinking individual) that it makes those over 20 years old films feel fresh. The only amusing thing here is the title, which comes across as something that Chimbudevan might come up with for a quirky comedy.
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