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Movie Review: Doubles (2000) Back to Movie
Rate movie A movie review by Balaji Balasubramaniam
Fans Rating: 72%%72%% 72% (23 votes)
Movie Still Pandiyarajan seems confused about how to handle Doubles. The ultimate moral he has tried to convey through the movie is that one must be faithful to one's wife. But he doesn't seem to be clear on the story to convey it through, the tone to adopt or even the character of the hero. So we get a movie with a one-line story that is chockful of double entendres for the most part but ends with an attempt at cheap sentiments.

Prabhu(Prabhu Deva) is the happy-go-lucky owner of a toy store. He has all the vices like smoking and drinking but as far as women are concerned, his policy is 'look but don't touch'. He gets married to Meena(Meena) and loves her but his roving eyes never really stop. Meena's friend Sangeetha(Sangeetha) arrives to stay with her. Having had an encounter with Prabhu in a bus, she is determined to unmask him for the womaniser he is.

With Prabhu Deva marrying Meena within a couple of reels and Sangeetha not making an appearance until the intermission, there is not much that happens in the first half other than the playful interactions in Prabhu Deva and Meena's marital life. But there are a few indications that Pandiyarajan hasn't lost his comic touch completely. The honeymoon scenes of Pandiyarajan and Meena in the under-construction hotel are the funniest scenes in the movie and a couple of 'kadi' jokes do hit home. Meena's complaints to her parents about Prabhu Deva's vices while they are immersed in the same, are also funny. But most of the other jokes are vulgar and cheap.

The movie is nothing but a string of jokes put together. The scenes are so disjoint that it looks like Pandiyarajan's MO was to find a joke and then create a situation to insert into the movie, regardless of whether it fitted in or not. A prime example of this is Manivannan's encounter with a prostitute. Until then, he shows no sign of straying but the need to introduce a stale joke forces him to negotiate with a prostitute! Worse, the scene is poorly presented and raises no laughs (in contrast, there was a similar scene in Ennammaa Kannu, also involving Sarala, that was very funny). Infact, all of the Manivannan-Sarala sequences would fall into this category though a couple of them(like Sarala's dealing with his cycle of drinking followed by a trip to the bathroom) are funny.

The second half turns increasingly vulgar and illogical with Sangeetha's attempts to seduce Prabhu Deva. We're never really sure what her goal is and Meena's reaction to incidents like Prabhu Deva pinching Sangeetha's hip are laughable. Vivek's routines too get increasingly ridiculous and tiring. One saving grace of Pandiyarajan's previous outings like Gopala Gopala and Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum was that they remained comedies until the end. We do not even have that relief here. The movie has one of the most miscalculated endings since Kannan Varuvaan. The ending effectively confuses the moral of the movie as well as alters its tone completely. Pandiyarajan makes a guest appearance here.

After an attempt at acting in Pennin Manadhai Thottu, Prabhu Deva goes back to his trademark facial gestures, mannerisms and dialog delivery here. With movies like Time and now this under his belt, he must be the hero with the worst screening process for picking his movies. Meena looks jaded while Sangeetha is buxom but shows good dancing prowess. The only other cast member who makes an impression is Sarala as the devoted wife. Music is by Deva's son Srikanth and the songs are pleasing and surprisingly, well picturised too.

Rate movie A movie review by Balaji Balasubramaniam