| With Vivek's popularity increasing with every new movie, it was only a matter of time
before a producer decided to cash in on him by making him a hero. That film,
Panju is being made currently but director Rama.Narayanan, always known
for making quick movies, jumps into the fray sooner with Viswanathan
Ramamurthy. Vivek here is the defacto hero though Ramki's name appears in
the credits first. But as was the case with Engalukkum
Kaalam Varum, which had even more comedians and even less laughs, all the
movie proves is that even the funniest comedians needs the right kind of dialogs
to deliver laughs.
Ramamurthy(Vivek), with dreams of making a movie, moves to the city with his wife
Shenbagam(Vindhya), banking on his rich friend Viswanathan(Ramki) to help him.
Turns out Viswanathan is a househusband to his wife Meena(Roja), an aspiring
actress. With the intent on laying their hands on 30 lakhs, Shenbagam begins
to act as Viswanathan's wife and Meena, in financial trouble of her own, agrees
to be part of the drama. But Andal('Kovai' Sarala), who sees Ramamurthy as the man
of her dreams, tries to woo him.
With its setup of Vindhya acting as Ramki's wife and 'Kovai' Sarala smelling a rat
in the arrangement, the movie is developed along the lines of one of 'Crazy'
Mohan's dramas. Unfortunately, Rama.Narayanan is unable to use the setup
creatively. There are some funny jokes and one-liners scattered around but
these could have fitted into any movie. He does not generate any laughs out
of the situation. The limit of
Rama.Narayanan's ideas is to provide two doors for the rooms of Ramki and Vivek.
So the two couples move between the rooms through one pair of doors while Sarala
stands guard at the other. And the director uses this idea not once
The inclusion of Roja, as Vivek's sister, in the drama increases the confusion
and the potential for comedy but not the actual laughs. The feeling that we are
watching a 'Crazy' Mohan drama is strengthened with sequences like both Vivek and
Ramki arranging for people to act as Vivek's father, resulting in three people
showing up at once. But the comic potential of scenes like these too is wasted.
It is this movie that has finally made me realise that 'Kovai' Sarala has turned into
the female version of Vadivelu. A good actress who is capable of making us
laugh just with her accent, she definitely needs to be reigned in to be effective.
Here she is let loose as a woman obsessed with wedding the Lord and is plain intolerable.
She is loud and obnoxious and all her sequences induce groans instead of laughs. The
movie itself reaches its lows during sequences involving Sarala. Her
imagination of Vivek as the Lord is distasteful and the graphics in her dream
are cheesy and completely out of place in the movie.
Ramki comes and goes without being noticed. A couple of extra duets and stunt
sequences are the only signs that he is the hero in the movie. Vivek dominates
the scenes and rightfully so. He is responsible for the few laughs in the movie
though the laughs are woefully less compared to the laughs from his comedy
tracks in recent movies. Roja has some lines that reflect the financial troubles
she has had recently with her debts but her performance is average. Same goes for