Velu, a cowardly cop with a family to support, is told that he has blood cancer and so, to get insurance and keep his family financially stable, he goes on a suicidal mission, by taking on criminals singlehandedly.
Once again, Karunaas shows good judgment in choosing the right script and character to play the lead. His character, Velu, in
is one that plays to his strengths. Velu is a fearful cop, who is selected to the police force only because his dad died during service. The cowardly cop is something we have seen earlier in Tamil cinema —Bhagyaraj in Avasara Police 100 and more recently, Madhavan in Vettai — and while this film doesn't do anything novel with this character, it keeps the nature of the character constant till the end — the cowardly Velu doesn't turn into an action hero overnight in the latter parts of the film, which makes the film credible enough.
The plot revolves around Velu being mistakenly told that he has blood cancer, after an alcoholic cop switches both their blood samples. Velu, who is the sole breadwinner for his family of four (a doting mother and two sisters), wants his family to be financially stable after his death and takes out an insurance policy. If he dies during duty, his family will be paid Rs 20 lakh. So, craven Velu goes on a suicidal mission, taking on criminals singlehandedly and die at their hands. But his plans backfire spectacularly and he soon becomes a hero in the eyes of his peers. And, so do his efforts to make his lover and fiance Kalyani detest him. Meanwhile, a quarry mafia which is smuggling explosives to terrorists comes under the police radar and that provides an opportunity for Velu to carry out his death wish.
is a textbook example of how to make a lowest common denominator entertainer. It is a film whose ambitions are quite modest; all it wants to be is a 'timepass film' for people who expect nothing more than a diversion from the movies. It is a mildly amusing film that works as a drama laced with humour, even if it means that the comedy is as low brow as showing a grown up man wetting his pants out of fear.
What the director, Mano, gets right is make the film's characters as relatable as possible and tell a story in a lighthearted fashion, without any major slipups. The relationship between the characters, be it between Velu and his family, or Velu and Kalyani, or even Velu and his colleagues is pretty straightforward; he cares for his family, he longs for Kalyani and he knows his place among his peers, despite being promoted to head them. The supporting characters are not always funny but their efforts to make you laugh aren't irritating either. The truly laugh-out-loud character is that of Mayilsamy who comes across as a fantasy character who pops up every time Velu accidentally does something heroic and builds him up before the public. What doesn't work are the villains who are a little too serious for this kind of lighthearted movie and the songs which stop the narrative in its flow. But these are minor quibbles when all you are looking forward to is two hours of diversion.