Friday 31 July 2015
Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Anjali, Vivek, Soori
Jayam Ravi’s new masala flick Sakalakala Vallavan has taken its title from the more famous Kamal Haasan-SP Muthuraman directed entertainer of early 1980’s. The Kamal film was an out and out masala entertainer which worked big time during that era.
The all new Sakalakala Vallavan is a typical Suraj film, low on logic, style and execution. It follows the director’s set pattern, no story just crass comedy and one-man upmanship between the hero and comedian. The film is targeted at the 1980-90’s B and C audiences. Do they still exist in Tamil cinema of 2015?
The hero (Jayam Ravi) is a country bumpkin whose main job seems to be to counter attack his comic opponent (Suri), with the help of the local inspector (Mottai Rajendran). Ravi is in love with Suri’s relative Anjali, but due to circumstances he is forced by his father (Prabhu) to marry a modern city bred girl Trisha, who cares a hoot for him. The second half is the taming of the shrew.
Jayam Ravi sails through with elan and style in a role tailor made for him to play to the galleries. Soori as the bumbling idiot does what comedians and sidekicks do in Tamil films – getting repeatedly slapped by all and sundry. Vivek in a cameo in a dual role raises a few laughs. Trisha and Anjali are the glam factors and do their role with ease. Thaman's music reminds one of his earlier Telugu films.
On the whole, Sakalakala Vallavan is a low brow formula comedy film in the same stock as the director’s earlier films.