Satyaraj showed us with both Mahaanadigan and
Adithadi, exactly how a director should use him. He needed a
director who understood the actor's strengths(nakkal dialog delivery and willingness
to take potshots at anything/anyone) and weaved stories that capitalized on those strengths(i.e
stories weak on logic and realism but strong on satire and spoofs). For exactly half the movie
Shakti Chidambaram(the director of Mahaanadigan) looks like he understands this. But he
then takes the movie in a direction that causes it to crash and burn rather spectacularly.
Sandhya(Madhumita) is a good singer with ambitions of making it big in the music world. But her
old-fashioned dad('Kaadhal' Dandayudhapani), who believes that a woman's only duty is to be a
housewife who keeps her husband satisfied, forbids her from singing and spoils every chance that
comes her way. Siva(Siva Balaji),Sandhya's classmate in college, is in love with her.
Tamizharasan(Satyaraj) enters Sandhya's house and begins to compete with Siva for her attention.
Meanwhile, ex-MLA Angalaparameswari(Ishwarya) wants Sandhya to be married to her son since Sandhya
insulted her son.
The director gets the story right initially. With Satyaraj irritating Madhumita, competing with
Siva and fooling around with Vadivelu, there are enough opportunities for Satyaraj to indulge in
his brand of nakkal and lollu. And unlike in Mahaanadigan, the sequences here
are mostly spoofs rather than personal attacks and that makes them funnier. The takeoffs on
Chandramukhi and 7G Rainbow Colony
are the funniest but there several other scenes and pieces of dialog that find their mark. Simbhu,
Dhanush, S.J.Suryah - none are spared as something from all their movies is made fun of. Ofcourse,
social happenings like fake godmen and politicians' insistence on Tamil aren't left untouched either.
Namitha, who is almost all flesh, is supposed to be an athlete here. Not since
Sangamam has a heroine been so unsuited to the role she
portrays on screen. It is obvious that it takes a great effort for Namitha to run even a short
distance and absolutely no one would mistake her to be a sprinter after watching her run.
It soon becomes clear that the running is simply an excuse to let her wear tight pants, shorts
and sports bras and run(which is voyeuristically captured from a lot of different angles). The
entire portion of the film she appears in is incredibly vulgar and a big reason why the movie
collapses in the second half.
After a fun first half, it is amazing that almost all the steps the direcctor takes in the second
half are wrong. He ofcourse deserves the blame for the vulgarity since Namitha was simply doing
what he asked her to do. He changes the tone of the movie from lighthearted to serious, thereby
robbing Satyaraj of opportunities to have some fun. And he removes all signs of logic from the
story in the attempt to add some sentiments and drive home a message. For instance, a
mother-in-law's plans to get her daughter-in-law to slip on some oil and fall in the hope that
she will then become bedridden and be ready to bear children!
But Shakti Chidambaram does earn some brownie points for trying to convey a valid and topical
message(even if he does hit you on the head with it with no subtlety with all those shots of
parents trampling on the dreams of their kids). The message is that parents should allow their
kids to choose a profession of their choice and it is conveyed well by Satyaraj in his short
speech near the end.
Satyaraj is on autopilot as he has been in his recent movies. He has proved that he is only as
good as the script and so enjoys himself in the first half. Madhumita looks pretty and makes us
glad she has more screen time than Namita. But even she is forced to participate in a duet with
skimpy clothing. Siva Balaji does his job. Vadivelu is quite ineffective whether he is teamed
up with Satyaraj or part of independent comedy sequences. Ishwarya uses her voice to good effect
before her role is cut short in a rather rushed manner.