Prabhu Deva plays Srinivasamurthy, a poor young man who only
lives well because he is friends with Babloo's character, a
rich man's son. Srinivasa, wanting to get married, advertises
in the personals and gets a positive response from Tulasi
(Simran) and her father (Nasser). Without ever seeing each
other, over phone conversations, the two fall in love.
Srinivasa sends Babloo's father to fix up the engagement--
unfortunately, Babloo's father and Nasser have a bad history.
The engagement falls apart. Nasser commits suicide in his
Tulasi, saddened by all of this, goes to Singapore. Here,
Babloo is studying, and when he is hit by a car, it is Tulasi
that nurses him back to health. A la "While You Were
Sleeping" (Hollywood movie), everyone assumes she and Babloo
are lovers. When Babloo wakes up, he DOES love her, and asks
for her hand in marriage. Srinivasa comes to Singapore, too,
(where he's followed everywhere by annoying Radhika
Choudhary) but when he realizes his best friend is about to
marry his lover, he keeps quiet about his identity and goes
back to India.
Tulasi dumps Babloo at the altar, unable to marry him, and
she, too, runs off to India. The rest of the story is about
how Tulasi and Srinivasa meet.
The beginning sequence of Tulasi's and Srinivasa's love
developing over the phone is refreshingly original. It's more
realistic for them to love this way than just seeing each
other, love at first sight, etc. But then the story falls
apart after the engagement is ruined.
I was horrified by the Singapore sequences. I lived in
Singapore for three years and let me tell you, just because
you speak with a "la" doesn't mean you're speaking Singaporean.
The accents the actors used to make themselves Singaporean were
horrid, and Ko-Vay Sarala's was the worst. Furthermore, Radhika
Choudhary just came off as a spoiled brat.
The ending is implausible, the storyline weak, but you can
watch it once, I guess, if you have the time (no pun intended)
and if you're an avid lover of Tamil movies.
Oh yeah, Babloo's acting isn't very good either (he was much
better in "Aval Varuvalaa") and they should have let Prabhu
Deva dance a little more.
NOTE ON THE MUSIC:
The songs are pretty good and well worth listening to. The best
songs are "Kaadhal Nee Thaanaa".and "Thavikkiraen."
You can skip this one and not feel too bad.
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