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Theeya Velai Seyyanum Kumaru review: No story, but still fun

6/17/2013 3:46:28 PM

Sundar C has made a name for himself as a director with a finger on the pulse of the audience and a penchant for light-hearted entertainers. In a career dotted with mostly comedy-based films, the director has often come up trumps and seems to have done it again with Theeya Velai Seyyanum Kumaru (TVSK) with Siddharth, Hansika and Santhanam in key roles.

 If one remembers right, Sundar C's rollicking comedy Ullathai Allithaa sparked a revival in fortunes for Karthik in the mid-90s and made Goundamani a bigger star than he was thought to be. In TVSK, the director has pinned his hopes on Santhanam, the in-demand comedian these days in Tamil cinema, and seems to have scored a winner.

The Siddharth-Santhanam combo does work well and it is a laugh-riot right through. Santhanam scores as usual with his witty dialogues and one-liners.

 The story: Kumar (Siddharth) is an introverted young man, who comes  from a family in which everyone has had a love marriage; but he is not inclined towards romance. However, in the course of the story he undergoes a transformation and begins to yearn for love. The introverted Kumar is an IT company employee and has the idea of wooing a girl. However, the entry of George (Ganesh Venkataraman) into the office comes as a hurdle as 'Mr Smart' is liked by everyone, especially the women. Meanwhile, the beautiful Sanjana (Hansika) joins as a programmer and Siddharth falls for her, but she has a soft corner for George. So, Kumar seeks the help of one 'Mr Mokia' (Santhanam), a love guru, and the scenes involving the two bring the roof down.

The rest of the plot is about whether the love guru is able to make Sanjana fall for Kumar and the twists and turns involved. Devadarshini, Bosskey and RJ Balaji, among others, form part of the cast. Siddharth, who has earlier shown glimpses of his comic talent, does well in Santhanam's company and Ganesh does his bit in a role that appears tailor-made for him.

 The songs (music by Sathya of Engeyum Epodhum-fame), though impressive, appear to hamper the pace of the film.  Sundar C's films depend a lot on the dialogues and TVSK is no different with Santhanam leading the way. All in all, TVSK is a fun ride even if there's no real storyline.

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