Dhanush plays Siva, a college student, a happy-go-lucky young man who has a large family and is willing to help anyone in distress. Along with his friends he kidnaps a bride from the marriage hall and realizes later that it was the wrong girl. But Pooja (Genelia) who was going through a forced marriage is happy about it and Siva becomes her protector.
He takes her to his large family by telling a lie and soon she wins over everyone in the house. But her two uncles Chinna Muthu Gounder and Periya Muthu Goundar who are at loggerheads with each other want to marry her off to their respective sons. How Siva uses his charm and wits on Emotional Ekambaram (Vivek) the accountant of both families by making him believe that he has sub-conscious memory power to bring both the warring families together and wins over his love, forms the rest of story.
It is Dhanush’s compelling, effortless portrayal of Siva, Vivek as Emotional Ekambaram and Genelia as Pooja that stands out. Dhanush adds the little touches that make all the difference and he is an actor you can't take your eyes off. It's hard to imagine another actor pull off such an unselfconscious performance with such ease, his on screen chemistry with Vivek is unbeatable and he gives his co-star’s all the room to shine. Genelia is spontaneous and sparkling.
Remarkable casting has resulted in some fine performances by key players, and characters like Washington Vetrivel, Chicago Sakthivel, Chinna Muthu Gounder, Periya Muthu Goundar and Santhosh Shah played by Bhagyaraj, Ashish Vidyarthi, Jayaprakash Reddy and Mayilsami stays in your mind. Even small characters pitch in commendable performances.
Vijay Antony’s music is average. Among the five songs Ussumu Laresay.. is hummable. On the downside, the film is a bit lengthy and is a predictable Kollywood love story, sticking faithfully to old formulas, even culminating in that now obligatory wedding and family photo climax.
Uthamaputhiran is your perfect Diwali outing. Go for it
Verdict: Paisa Vasool