29 Mar, 2013 2 hrs 17 mins U
Jack, Arushi, A Venkatesh, Aarthi, Chawms, Ravi Mariya
Despite the predictable storyline, Alagan Alagi could have at least been bearable if the presentation had been engaging.

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Synopsis: A TV crew comes to a village for a show. Selva (Jack), one of the members of the team, falls in love with Jothi (Arushi), a girl from the village. Even as the family under whose roof she is living in fixes her wedding, Jo elopes with the crew. But how far can she trust them?

Movie Review: Alagan Alagi begins with a split screen — on one side, the director shows a new reality TV show being approved and on the other, he provide us with facts related to TV viewing to underline the impact of the small screen. The action immediately cuts to a village where we see Selva and his team (Aarthi and Chawms) setting up the camera and inviting villagers to take part in the show which will identify future TV anchors.

If you find this initial set-up intriguing, brace yourself for disappointment. For Alagan Alagi is a muddled mess thanks to bad writing, lackluster performances and indifferent direction. After showcasing the supposedly-hilarious auditions for what feels like an eternity, director Nanda Periyaswamy gives us a convoluted backstory for Jo to make her sympathetic. And, now, her masters are planning to marry her off to their criminal son, who has been sentenced to death!

But, Jo, like any young girl, is fascinated by the prospect of fame on television and secretly approaches Selva requesting him to audition her. And, Selva, like many Tamil film heroes, falls in love with her at the very sight of her, and decides to help her. It only gets more convoluted after that as we are told Selva and his friends are not who they are claiming to be. They also earn the wrath of Rathnavelu, a cop, who is seething at being made a clown, by his team. Then, there are the henchmen of Jo's masters who are scouring the place to take her back home. Meanwhile, Selva decides to turn over a new leaf and help Jo become a film heroine, but his past sins catch him up.

Despite the predictable storyline, Alagan Alagi could have at least been bearable if the presentation had been engaging. But right from the staging to the plot twists, everything feels contrived, and nothing illustrates this better than the climax (which owes a lot to Bala's Sethu ), a blatant attempt at exploiting our tendency to sympathize with tragedy.
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