Cast: Srikanth, Bhavna, Suresh
Storyline: Srikanth, a worker at a petrol station, decides to make the rich girl who frequents the place, fall in love with him.
Bottomline: Except the scene of action (bunk), there's little that's new.The freshness and lure of the lead pair (Srikanth and Bhavna) ought to have worked wonders for Venn Thiraikalam's `Kizhakku Kadarkarai Saalai' (U). But as help from the main departments of filmmaking is little, the artistes are helpless. The story has little to say, the screenplay meanders into irrelevance and direction is unable to resurrect it — S.S.Stanley heads these prime areas. Unwarranted rudeness, unreasonable demands and irrational obstinacy mark the hero's character. So Srikanth loses your sympathy straightway. You are led to believe that there could be a reason for his obdurate nature, but the hero's past fizzles out without much ado. Ganesh (Srikanth) works at a petrol station on East Coast Road. Rich girl Priya is a regular customer. (So regular that even when Ganesh harasses her in the name of love, she doesn't once think of going to another bunk!) He decides to make her fall for him — no particular reason, except the usual, boring challenge from his colleagues. Eventually she reciprocates and now it's his turn to act big. And again he relents but she ... Ok, (yawn!) that should do. Srikanth is sincere while Bhavna is beautiful and expressive. Suresh, yesteryear hero, returns to play the ruthless villain. Frankly, he could have chosen a better comeback vehicle.
You have sequences hanging without focus (the Santhana Bharati episode, for instance), and Muthukaalai and Ganja Karuppu, irritate more than tickle. Things are too predictable. And at times the reactions of co-artistes are abysmally minimal (The petrol bunk owner is a classic case.) The menacing close-ups confound you because the dialogue or the contention of the actor at such moments is not clear. (Suresh's ominous note after the press meet is one such.) Cinematographer Panneerselvam may not be able to justify them, but Stanley should have. Thankfully, amidst the din in the name of racy tunes, Paul J's music has a melodious piece too. Prabhakaran's art creates a carnival feel in a few situations, but innovation is rare. The climax fight takes place in the most predictable milieu. Strangely, Stanley who has earlier revealed a knack of making the most simple, straightforward story fairly interesting, is off the mark this time.MALATHI RANGARAJAN