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By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Saturday 14 January 2006

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Star Cast

Silambarasan, Jyothika, Prakash Raj

Never say die! Simbhu and his director K.S.Ravikumar believes in recycling the old masala. A sense of deja-vu hits you while watching Saravana a remake of Bhadra from Telugu which itself was a rehash of Okkadu remade in Tamil as Ghilli!

So Saravana is definitely a Ghilli-2. There is not even one single original strand in this film. Simbu?s Saravana character is an extension of Vijay?s happy-go-lucky guy in Vaseegara and the maid servant suspecting Saravana and Krishna having a gay relationship is nothing but a clean lift from Kal Ho Naa Ho.

But as director K.S.Ravikumar points out- ?It is a film not meant for the critics but for masses who loves masala mix movies, especially during festival season?. That?s true as the film is bang on target for the mass audience.

Saravana (Silambarasan) and Krishna (Krishna) are close buddies in college. Saravana sees a video tape of Krishna?s sister Sadhana (Jyothika) studying in London and falls in love with her. So to meet her, Saravana goes with Krishna to a village near Tirunelveli where he finds that there is a bloody war going on between two warring caste groups.

Krishna?s brother Soundarapandi (Prakash Raj) his wife and Krishna are killed by the rival group of Dorai Singam. However Saravana saves Sadhana and takes her to Chennai. Initially Sadhana is not accepted by Saravana?s large family but slowly when they come to know about her background they support and love her. The rest of the film is how Saravana tries to help Sadhana to go back to London, and in the process eliminates the entire gang of Dorai Singam single-handedly.

Simbhu is the one-man entertainment troupe who fights the goons, sings songs, and delivers punchlines and does slapstick comedy. He is sparkling, full of energy and is the life of the film. But sadly Jo does not have the same energy; make up is not correct and has put on weight.

There is Vivek for more comedy with his usual style of picking on his colleagues in the industry and Meghana Naidu for the glamour quotient. There is a battalion of actors in supporting cast among which Prakash Raj stands out with his predictable performance. The music of Srikanth Deva is nothing much to rave about.

On the whole, Saravana is not a great film but is enjoyable in parts. So if you have the time and is looking for holiday entertainment go watch it.

Verdict: Masala Mix

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