Mythili, a single woman, is the heiress to a Rs 200-crore worth coffee plantation. She falls in love with a penniless music therapist and is about to wed him;. There's also her ex-suitor, a lawyer, who enters the picture. What happens in this triangle?
Director TN Seetharam returns to the big screen well after a decade. This time around, the film features court room drama, something that is considered his forte. The film's one-line plot sounds rather enticing and it almost seems like the veteran director-actor is trying to slip into the Abbas-Mastan forte, trying to unveils lives of the rich, with love, corruption and treachery making the main ingredients.
The film unfolds with an old tale of a coffee plantation heiress being killed in her house tank. Soon, the action forwards to 20 years later to the estate, which is also a commercial home stay now. A musician and music therapist enters this place and wins everyone over, including the always irritable owner. Love blossoms and they decide to tie the knot. Enters an old paramour, a fire brand lawyer, whose brain is akin to Chacha Chaudhary - sharper than a needle and faster than a super-computer. There's also a cop on a mission and a best friend of the lawyer who yearns for his love secretly.
The film begins on a slow pace with the makers trying to establish everyone's character and trying to connect loose ends by establishing clues with scenes aplenty. It is only towards the interval and in the second half that one gets to see the film progress with everything unravelling then. There are far too many characters in the first half and with each of their trait being established, one wonders when the action begins. And when the film proceeds from a mundane triangular love story to a whodunit thriller, it is only then that the screenplay moves forward.
The film majorly revolves around Radhika Chetan's character, but one sees a rather caricature-like role for her, restricting the scope for surprise. Rahul Madhav has the more affable role among the two male leads, but Raghu Mukherjee impresses in the second half. Samyukta Hornad does well in her interesting bits of the film, while Apeksha Purohit's multi-hued role could have been sketched out better. The ensemble cast of the film, despite their limited dimensional roles, entertain - be it Veena Sundar as the caring aunt or Sundar Raj as the greedy uncle. The best bits of the film is the quirky chemistry between TN Seetharam and Sudha Belawadi.
If you like Seetharam's brand of filmmaking, this film could entice you. Though, one can't help but wonder, with so many interesting characters, would this story have been better as a 10-part mini series than a rushed up two-hour film...