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Times of India
A young man returns to India from Paris hoping to bring together every one of his family members who were forced to leave their ancestral village due to his late father's betrayal. Will his good intentions be enough to win their acceptance?
Blame it on
! Post that trendsetting film about life in the '80s, our Tamil filmmakers seem to have developed a fetish for that period. The sad thing is it remains just that — a fetish. Unlike Sasikumar, they don't seem to be invested in capturing the zeitgeist of that time beyond the bell bottoms and half saris and disco. Despite all his efforts at recreating '80s college life, the only element that screams period in Prabhu Raja Cholan's
is its creaky plot which is pure '80s melodrama done flippantly.
College student Manohar (Ajmal), who hails from Karuppampatti, hates his village and its people for their naivety and simplistic lifestyle. He hires drama actors to play his parents for his college event brusquely turning out his own parents. He is also insensitive to the love of his classmate Shanthi (Aparnaa), who gives him her own money (and jewellery) to meet his extravagance. After his mother's death, Manohar, who wants to go to Paris, plays a cruel trick on his family members and goes to France but his betrayal comes at a price. And, now, it is left to his son Kothai Cocopardo (Ajmal, again) to bring the family, who have drifted apart together.
If Manohar reminds you of the insensitive, self-centred younger brothers of the heroes in films of the '80s, Kothai is the earnest young man of the '90s hiding his identity for a cause. Think Vijay in
or Bhanupriya in
, only this isn't done half as well. The '80s segment at least has a misplaced sincerity that makes it bearable despite a painful comedy track involving M S Bhaskar as a college professor, but the present-day portions are beyond redemption. The segment actually begins with promise when Kothai decides to take advantage of a news item involving Bill Gates to lure his family but this plot point is just used in a superficial manner. Soon, things descend into a cheesy village-tour-for-the-city-dwelling with the usual scenes of Pongal,
. It's a pity that the debutant director daring enough to have his characters speak only in French (with no subtitles, no less!) opts for easy convenience when it comes to plot.