Friday 16 September 2011
Jiiva, Nandha, Taapsee, Santhanam
Arjun (Jiiva) who is desperately trying to meet Ramana (Nandha) the most powerful don in Mumbai, finally achieves his goal. He narrates how he had met Anjali (Taapsee) and fell in love with her.
But her businessman dad dies in a shoot-out on the streets of Mumbai and Ramana is the reason behind it. Now, Anjai has put a condition in front of Arjun that unless Ramana surrender before the police she will not get married to him and our hero is on the mission!
But the real twist lies in the second half when we realize that Ramana and Arjun are siblings and the younger brother?s secret agenda behind coming to Mumbai and getting close to the dreaded don. Jiiva carries his role with ease and Nandha as the cool underworld don approaches his part with restraint and minimalist fuss.
Santhanam provides comedy relief. Taapsee looks cute but her lip sync and dialogue delivery stick out like a sore thumb. The promising actress who practically lit up Aadukalam with her ebullient charm is let down by a thankless role.
The key problem with the film is its script and narration. It can't decide if it wants to be a commercial potboiler set against the backdrop of underworld or a romantic musical. The love scenes between Jiiva and Taapsee falls flat and there is no chemistry between them.
The major plus point is Thaman?s music especially the hummable scores Kanchana Mala... and Anjana Anjana... and minty cool camerawork of PG Muthiah.
There are a few nice touches here and there, mostly the sincere attempts of the lead actors, locations and song picturisation but most of the scenes lack the energy that was required to make it interesting. Hence the pace drags and boredom sets in.