'Siruthai' is a family entertainer (Tamil Film Review; Rating: ***)

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 15, 2011 13:00 hrs

Film: 'Siruthai'; Cast: Karthi, Tamannaah, Santhanam, Manobala, Avinash, Santhanabharathy, Baby Rakshana; Producer: Studio Green; Director: Sauryam Siva; Music: Vidyasagar; Camera: Velraj; Rating: ***

'Siruthai' has come out as a festival bonanza for Tamil film goers. It is an unpretentious commercial pot boiler with ample doses of romance, comedy, action and emotion.

Upcoming hero Karthi has once again proved himself as a saleable hero. He has handled the dual role as policeman and thief commendably well.

The story is set in Kurnool village area in Andhra Pradesh. Ratnavel Pandian (Karthi) is a sincere and tough policeman who cleans up the village, which is virtually ruled by the powerful goons under Bavuji (Avinash) and his son.

The story takes a turn when he is badly wounded in a fight with the baddies. The police officers closer to him come up with a plan to tame the goons.

They spot his lookalike - a pickpocket called Rocket Raja (again Karthi) - with the help of his friend Kaatapoochi (Santhanam).

The loyal officers give him the added responsibility of a kid Divya (Rakshana) who is the daughter of the policeman and who mistakes Raja to be her father.

Raja, the happy-go-lucky guy, vows revenge on the bad guys when he learns the truth about who the child is and what Pandian has undergone.

He goes to the extent of discarding his lover Swetha (Tamannaah), who falls for him thinking he is a software engineer.

The rest of the story deals with how the two friends clean up the village. The love angle is also addressed alongside the action-packed second half.

Karthi is enjoyable in comic scenes and mesmerising as the tough policeman. That he utters a lot of punch lines shows his intention to become a mass hero.

The chemistry between the two characters is a delight to watch. Picture perfect Tamannaah sizzles with her glamour and brings in the right amount of wit to the proceedings.

The music is catchy and youthful. The picturisation of 'Va va Chellam' is a treat.

Velraj's camerawork brings out the nuances of the dual role. The camera brings out the best of Tamannaah in terms of her looks. The screenplay is racy though predictable.

The flashback is confusing but it doesn't affect the entertainment element. The script is predictable and almost all turns could be guessed.

But the director has somehow managed to provide entertainment despite these flaws.

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