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Times of India
Idhayakkani (Vemal) and Thamarai (Bindu) fall in love but their villages, Pulipatti and Kilipatti, have been at each other's throats for 50 years. Kani hopes to bring peace with their marriage but unfortunately, Thamarai's dad is killed by his villagers. And, now, she and her uncle Veerasamy want revenge.
Ezhil's previous effort
Manam Kothi Paravai (MKP)
managed to succeed in the rural areas coasting on the charm of its lead actor (Sivakarthikeyan), despite being a very modest effort. But that success seems to have emboldened the director and he has now made yet another mildly amusing film that is entertaining only in fits. Aim low and play safe have become the director's mantras.
, no event is taken too seriously here as well but the comedy here lacks any bite to make the farce truly black. Nothing illustrates this better than the scene when Thamarai's dad, Seenathana, dies right in front of his daughter's eyes. The reactions of Thamarai and Idhyakkani as he is killed are so laid-back, that it takes out every bit of drama out of the scene. There is no sense of loss and anger from the girl and no remorse or helplessness from Kani. And, within the next couple of scenes, this death just becomes just an event to drive the plot.
Sure, there is 'comedy' (the buzz word in Tamil cinema these days) in the film. But it is low comedy that isn't particularly new or downright hilarious. There are scenes involving the antics of the hero's cronies at a village fair, the hero's sidekick getting beaten up after being taken for the hero, and the heroine's muraimama ending up with torn shirts. They all feel distinctly derivative and more often result in misses than hits. Of the film's two designated comedians, Singamuthu, who plays Kani's uncle Kaushik is as enjoyable as nails on a blackboard, while Soori fares better as Surya, despite the Vadivelu influences that creep into his performance. The leads too lack the charisma to make us care for them. Vemal is on auto-pilot, playing yet another happy-go-lucky rural guy, and her trendy saris and half-saris ensure that you never take Bindu Madhavi for a village belle.
You will not like this film if you are looking for a rural comedy that feels fresh and funny.