Perarasu and his Tirupati brings nothing new to the table, as even the dialogues, song picturisation and presentation is a continuation of his earlier two films. Sadly, we expected more from his combination with Ajit but the director seems to be obsessed with his do-gooder, larger-than-life hero with a heart of gold who tries to reform the society in his own unique way!
It is a omnibus masala concoction trying desperately to serve all the nine rasas using crutches of big-budget mainstream cinema’s big hero, outrageous songs, crass comedy, heroine who is more like an item number girl, some clichéd sister-sentiments which tries to activate the lachrymal glands and an utterly predictable plot with absolutely no twist or turn. And finally the film tries to carry a populous message and justifies it on the back of hero’s violent personal vendetta.
While provision has been made for suspension of belief in popular entertainment, this one stretches beyond disbelief and endurance. Tirupati (Ajt) runs the Tirupati sounds and provides mikes and recorded music for all kinds of functions. He has a set of comedian friends (Ganja Karuppu, Benjamin, Sathyan) to assist him in all ventures. Tirupati is also the henchman of Suri (Riaz Khan) the son of a powerful minister (Pyramid Natarjan) who treats him more like a friend. He is in charge of their dirty works department like breaking meetings of rival party, collecting mammool etc. One day he meets a beautician Priya (Sada) and after the predictable misunderstandings, they say in typical Perarasu style- “I love you”!! This is followed by a love-hate track, heroine’s bluffs and comic confrontations at her house, all a xerox of Sivakasi!
Now in Tirupati too, like all other Perarasu films there is something called the great Tamil family of the hero. A nice father (R.Sunderajan), a loving mother, a wayward brother (Harish Raghavendra) and a sweet pregnant sister (Deepa). And you are absolutely correct, the sister dies due to the gross negligence of a private hospital doctor who demands huge money at the time of delivery! And the erring doctor is none other than Suri’s half brother and now Tirupati turns against his bosses!
Perarasu actually has a positive message in the film which would have been an ideal election promise- Free Sukha Prasavam (normal delivery) in the state for pregnant ladies and how he achieves it! The film is too lengthy and starts sagging in the second half and the climax fight gets repetitive. An innovative script has never been Perarasu’s favourite forte but his earlier films had its moments that ruled the popular psyche. The punch line of the hero- Tirupati Erangi Poravanalla.. Eri Poravan da- lines that lack any power.
Ajit despite the cardbound nature of his role, lends it some dignity and tries hard to carry the colossal burden of the film. He manages, but only just. Sada has a walk-in role and is there in four songs. Perarasu tries his hand in a full length role as an auto-driver cum Good Samaritan and is unbearable with his penchant for mouthing punchline dialogues. Riaz Khan as villain is ok and the others are adequate in their roles. The music of Bharadwaj is a major disappointment.
Perarasu should take a break from his usual formula and we hope that he comes out with something different next time.