Cast: Aravind Vinod, Srithika, Rajkumar, Singamuthu, Kumarimuthu, Muthukalai and a host of new faces.
Storyline: About a pair that meets in a long-distance bus and the love that blossoms.
Bottomline: The director scores!
All the actors in the film are new except a few who make brief appearances. The director, also making his debut — although he has handled a couple of advertisement films — makes ‘Sholamalai bus’ also a star in ‘Madurai-Theni via Andipatti.’
The lead pair Aravind Vinod and Srithika board the bus in Madurai to go to Theni. The journey brings them close and the man actually proposes to the girl but she does not give a reply. They alight at different places and the hero goes in search of her. He manages to find her house, meets her parents and expresses his wish.
It is an absolutely natural performance by all the characters — the girl’s father, who is stingy, the mother who shouts with or without reason, the conductor (Rajkumar) who dreams of making it big in the film industry a la Rajinikanth and the hero’s uncle who comes in the end. And all the artists have been well used by the director. The only minus is that they are loud.
As for acting, Srithika has opened her innings with a good performance in the last reel but her smile and eyes speak volumes. Aravind Vinod, however, has a long way to go.
S.P.S. Guhan’s camera has done a commendable job, although the transfer from digital to reel shows in some places. JV’s music certainly enhances the film and a couple of songs linger. Dialogue by Suralipatti Sivaji and Rathibala is adequate. The director deserves a pat for fashioning an absorbing climax.S.R. ASHOK KUMAR