| Unlike Ajith and Vijay, Prashanth has not had any releases since his
Piriyaadha Varam Vendum in January. But to satiate
his fans, he has a string of movies like Virumbukiren, Chocolate
and Majnu lined up, ready for release. Trade circles were debating about
which of these movies would be released first and Prashanth can be happy that
it was Star that made it to the release line first since after this
movie, he has nowhere to go but up. The messy screenplay in the second half
ruins the story that admittedly has enough potential for romance, laughs,
sentiments and action.
Murthy(Prashanth) earns his living taking the rap for the misdemeanors of other
people and the jail is his second home (come to think of it, it has to be his
first home since we never see where he really lives!). Dhanushkodi(Raghuvaran)
has sworn to kill ex-collector Ramanathan's(Vijayakumar) son and so, Ramanathan
has transferred his son Santosh(Pravinkanth) to Mauritius while telling the world
that he has run away. Wishing to save his son forever, he hires Murthy to act as
his longlost son, hoping that Dhanushkodi would kill him. Murthy too accepts the
gig since his lover Preeti(Jyotika) is Ramanathan's niece.
Director Pravinkanth proved in Jodi that he had a
severe dearth of ideas when it came to depicting romance and he reiterates it
here with a lacklustre romance between Prashanth and Jyotika. Jyotika going out
at night decked in jewellery and Prashanth going to jail for her crime is the
setting for the start of their romance and a fight to save her from rowdies cements
it. There is absolutely no cuteness in the romance nor is there any evidence of
chemistry between the leads. As for the other track in the story, the one that
involves Raghuvaran's desire to kill Vijayakumar's son, it takes some
time before we understand the full details of it. Whether this was the director's
intention or the result of some bad editing, I do not know.
The story definitely has enough potential to be crafted in an entertaining
manner. The setup of Prashanth posing as another man and being in danger(without
his knowledge) certainly offers lots of oppurtunity for all aspects of a
good 'masala' movie like comedy, romance and fight sequences. Though the movie
has resorted to all these, the problem is that they are all shoddily done.
The second half is a complete mess that creates numerous knots without any
thought to unravelling them cleanly. The attempts on Prashanth and the meetings
between Raghuvaran and Pravinkanth fail to generate any suspense and the
number of coincidences the director resorts to in order to make things happen
It is also clear that the director has struggled between keeping the movie
lighthearted and serious. The plans and subsequent failure of Raghuvaran's
goons to eliminate Prashanth(the sequence with the bomb in his car, for instance)
are handled in a light vein. On the other hand, Raghuvaran's flashback and
the actions of Pravinkanth seem to belong to a more serious, violent movie.
Add to this a number of double intendre dialogs, usually targeted at
Jyotika, at various places and the director's confusion over the intended
target audience becomes clear.
Prashanth performs well and fights and dances with gusto. Jyotika doesn't have
much to do. Director Pravinkanth takes on a key role before the camera too
and the best that can be said of him is that he doesn't ham up the role too much
though it does provide him lots of oppurtunity for that. Vijayakumar and
Srividya are adequate while Raghuvaran, with an atrocious wig, plays a routine
villain. A.R.Rehman gets by with tunes from his Hindi soundtracks but a
couple of songs like Machiniye... manage to be catchy.