Synopsis: An MLA goes into coma complicating things for his loyalist, who had asked for a favour from the politician to impress the girl he is in love with.
Review: There are some films that announce straightaway that they are not going to try anything ambitious and at the same time, not make us regret our decision to watch them. Velainnu Vanthutta Vellakaran (VVV) belongs in this list. It is a moderately funny film with five to six comic sequences and one running gag that make you laugh out loud.
The plot revolves around Murugan (Vishnu Vishal), a fixer for a local MLA, Jacket Janakiraman (Robo Shankar). He is in love with Archana (Nikki Galrani, decent), an intrepid girl who wants to become a cop. When her dad approached Murugan with Rs 10 lakh to make her dream come true, Murugan decides to use Janakiraman to get her the job and make her fall in love with him. Meanwhile, a minister on his deathbed reveals to the MLA the place where he has hidden Rs 500 crore. When the minister's relative (Ravi Maria) tries to get this information from Janakiraman, the latter goes into a coma, complicating Murugan's life as well.
A better director, someone with a penchant for comedy and inventiveness, would have run away with this material, and turned it into a laugh fest. But Ezhil is content with having just half-a-dozen comic set pieces (and the must-haves for a commercial film today — ghosts and Mottai Rajendran), that he doesn't even try to give us more even when situations call for comedy (like the sub-plot involving Janakiraman's rival (Naren) who tries to murder him). The best example is the climax where three groups fight to get hold of something important. The staging of this scene is so perfunctory and barely makes us smile. For contrast, think how a similar set-up in Kalakalappu was turned into a madcap moment.
The film could also have benefitted with a better leading man. Vishnu Vishal is a competent actor, but here, even though we can see his effort, we keep wishing for a performer who is a natural when it comes to comedy, someone like Sivakarthikeyan or Shiva, who would have brought in his own touches and made the scenes in which he is in amusing.
If the film works, it is largely due to Soori and Robo Shankar. Soori, especially, seems to have hit a purple patch. He made last week's Idhu Namma Aalu tolerable, and a week earlier, his one-liners hit their mark in Maruthu. Here, he plays an about-to-be-married man, who accepts to stand-in as a groom at a wedding mela held for political reasons. The trouble is that the girl he marries is a record dancer (a banner describes her as Thennindia Shakira) with a dubious character, so he gets a sobriquet — Pushpa Purushan — which refuses to leave him. As for Robo Shankar, he is a scream in the second half, especially once his character wakes up from coma, only to have the mental aptitude of a 10-year-old. And his narration of where the minister's stash is hidden supplies the film's biggest laughs.
What VVV lacks mainly is a solid script that holds our attention in the time between these comic stretches. And that is where Ezhil fails. But given how boring and lazy his last couple of films have been, especially when it comes to scripting, this film is quite an improvement.