SYNOPSIS: A lackadaisical youngster falls in love with a girl from whom he’d gotten separated at a younger age. He goes through a slew of unexpected hurdles to win her love.
MOVIE REVIEW: Ezhil has a penchant for village-set comic entertainers and his expertise lies in utilising comedians. After Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran, his last outing, which had quite a few rib-tickling moments, his latest offering, Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen, again features some of his favourite artistes. But the film struggles hard to live up to the expectations created by the previous film. With a bevy of actors in almost every frame, and all of them mouthing ineffective punches and one-liners repetitively, the audience really has a tough time sitting through this film till the end. One positive aspect of the film, apart from a handful of funny scenes, is its duration of 125 minutes.
Saravanan (Udhayanidhi), a lethargic and aimless youngster, who often likes to spend time with his friends, gets to enjoy a respectable position in a national-level political party. Kalyanam (Soori), Saravanan’s uncle, who had earlier eyed the position, leaves to Dubai owing to certain circumstances. He is miffed that he lost the chance in the party and decides to take revenge against the latter. And, Veera Singam (Mansoor Ali Khan), who is after Kalyanam to settle some personal scores, is awaiting his return from Dubai.
Meanwhile, Saravanan’s childhood ‘foe’ Thenmozhi (Regina Cassandra), comes back to his village to disturb his peace. After a series of mindless sequences, Thanmozhi’s parents decide to get her married to Veera Singam’s son, Rajadurai (Chams). Saravanan realises that he is in love with Thenmozhi, though the latter still holds a grudge towards him. She, too, gradually develops an interest towards him, though she isn’t aware of the changes happening inside her.
Touted to be a slapstick comedy, the film tends to take an unexpected spooky route from here, because of which the wafer-thin plot becomes irritating; otherwise, the film would at least have been watchable. The unconvincing flashback sequences, involving the friendship between Saravanan and Fathima (Srushti Dange), and the emotions involved in it, spoil the little fun the film offered till then, leading to unpredictable scenes. One can easily make out that the predictability is evident owing to the director losing the plot somewhere in between. A mish-mash of hardly laughable sequences, confusions, an item song and unnecessary drama follow, only to make things worse. Like in a few recent films, most of Soori’s one liners misfire, while Yogi Babu proves to be a relief.