Recently engaged Raghu and Meera decide to have some between the sheets action only to discover that he cannot get it up. With their wedding day nearing, does Raghu have it in him to man up and take charge?
"Idhu en appa amma un appa amma thaatha paati oda kalyanam," says Meera to Raghu on the eve of their wedding. Theirs is an arranged marriage, but oddly enough the two have also fallen in love with each other in the period between engagement and marriage. But, now, they have had their first real 'fight' as a couple, and it is when they are making up after this tussle that she utters this line, implying that "their wedding" is being hijacked by the rest of the family. It isn't that she doesn't want both their families around; she is a modern-day girl and it is just that she feels the day should rightfully belong to them, bringing them even closer but instead, all it has actually done is to keep them apart. In an earlier scene, Raghu chides his mother when she says that they have lost all negotiation powers after he openly admitted to liking Meera at the "match fixing" function and tells her that marriage is not a business deal.
And this, in essence, conveys what
Kalyana Samayal Saadham
is all about. For all its initial premise involving Raghu's erectile dysfunction (temporary, of course), the film is actually about the dilemma of present-day youngsters who want to be respectful of their parents wishes while at the same time try to lead life their way. In the end, Raghu's problem becomes a metaphor of sorts — by standing up for Meera, he also becomes a man in bed.
But, for all the subtext, the film plays out like a bubbly romantic comedy. The first 15 minutes — which involves the events leading up to Meera and Raghu getting engaged — play out like a romantic fantasy and director Prasanna deftly changes track, turning it into a comedy about erectile dysfunction, when the leads decide to have some between the sheets action only to discover that Raghu cannot get it up. He becomes naturally obsessed on this, and despite the reassurance of Meera, goes to everyone from quacks to astrologers to solve the problem. Prasanna treats these segments quite cheekily but never resorts to crassness. And gently (and deftly), he nudges this lighthearted material into serious territory, and the events that occur during the wedding are a demonstration of how external forces can tear apart a loving couple.