Comedy is a tricky genre. It is daring attempt to remake an old Rajinikanth comedy like Thillu Mullu (1981) with new actors, as there is bound to be comparisons. Director Badri has remade Thillu Mullu with Shiva and made it contemporary to suit today’s generation.
Thillu Mullu (2013) retains the characters from the original with some minor changes as Badri has written the script to suit current audiences taste. It is a good fun ride, as Shiva tries his best to fit into Rajinikanth’s shoes with some great one-liners.
Prakash Raj doing Thengai Sreenivasan’s role is ideally suited to play the God fearing businessman Gurunathan. He and Shiva pull off the famous interview scene, mainly due to the dialogues, comic timing and body language.
This merry-go-round of madness is driven by mistaken identity which is the key to the whole drama. Shiva has uttered some funny one-liners which are topical and he delivers it with a straight face. The best of the lot is when Prakash Raj asks him whether you are on Facebook, Shiva replies without blinking an eyelid –“I’m in Mylapore!”
These small one-liners and quirkiness of Shiva’s two characters – Pasupathy and Kanthan Ganguly are what makes the film tick. Prakash Raj who is there throughout the film blends perfectly to the situation as he is able to express anger and humour so effortlessly. And Santhanam steals the show in the climax with his antics.
Isha Talwar is adequate and looks glamorous and plays Shiva’s love interest. The supporting cast of Devadarsini, Kovai Sarala (a bit loud as usual), Suri, Sathyan and Ilavarasu fit into their roles with ease. The music of Yuvan is ok and the MSV-Yuvan title song is fabulous. Out of six songs, two are taken from the earlier version and out of the remaining four composed by Yuvan the soft Kaipesi En Kooda.., is pick of the lot
On the downside there are too many songs which hamper the pace of the film (2 hours 20 minutes) especially in the second half. Still editor Praveen-Srikanth has tried their best to make it racy.
Thillu Mullu on the whole is a laugh riot, go have your fun. The film, in the end, is a broad entertainer that plays to the gallery. Keep your expectations in check, and you are sure to come out with a smile.
Verdict – Laughathon