Produced by-Moonshot Entertainment
Cast-Udhayanidhi Stalin, Namitha Pramod, Parvathi Nair, J. Mahendran, Samudrakani, M.S.Baskar, Karunakaran, Tulasi etc
Running Time-130 minutes
Veteran filmmaker Priyadarshan who has churned out hit numbers in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi returns to Kollywood after a long while with this comedy caper which is a remake of the 2016 Malayalam hit, Maheshinte Prathikaaram directed by a debutante, Dileesh Pothan.Priyadarshan who has assumed responsibility for the screenplay and direction for this remake has made the necessary changes to the screenplay to suit the cultural and regional tastes of Tamil audiences. It is interesting to note that the original story was based on an incident in the life of Thampan Purushan from Thuravoor.
Udhayanidhi Stalin who has of late been trying out roles that are distinctly different from each other has donned one more such character, the one depicted by Fahadh Faasil in the original Malayalam flick!
Among the two leading ladies, Parvathi Nair is more familiar with the Tamil audience than the other, Namitha Pramod who isn’t all that impressive! Parvathi scores well and walks with the honours despite making a belated appearance into the proceedings!
Karunakaran as the quick-witted youth provides humour time and again, especially in the combination scenes with M.S.Baskar.
Director J.Mahendran who turned a director with Vijay’s Theri, appearing as an antagonist, plays a character role here, appearing as Udhayanidhi Stalin’s dad. The bar of expectations from him is raised high right from the beginning but nothing happens till the end! The purpose of his role which bears no big significance to the proceedings is something that only the director could possibly answer! Yet, he has moved about in a gracious manner!
N.K.Ekambaram, the National award winning cinematographer has worked wonders with his lens yet again and there is every possibility that he may walk away with awards for his work in this flick too! Given the fact that the film’s protagonist and his dad are professional photographers adds an extra dimension to the film’s cinematography!
Udhayanidhi Stalin plays Selvam is an aspiring photographer who assists his dad, Shanmugham (J. Mahendran) in running and maintaining a photo studio! He is in love with Malarvizhi (Namitha Pramod) who is highly calculative! Circumstances separate the lovers as Malavizhi gets married to someone else much to the chagrin of Selvam who soon finds solace in the company of Shenbagavalli (Parvathi Nair) following his tiff with one ruffian, Vellaippan who is short tempered as well as quick-fisted. Vellaiappan manhandles Selvam who takes an oath that he will not wear slippers till he squares his account with Vellaiappan!
How he achieves his ’mission’ is the fun filled rest! The comedy portions are good but give the audience a feeling of watching a Malayalam movie!
Indeed it is a milestone in Udhayanidhi Stalin’s career as he has put forward his best foot for the sake of this flick enjoyable for most of the time!
The final showdown between Udhayanidhi Stalin and Samudrakani has been handled with expertise by the director with the stunt choreographer deserving a lion’s share!