'Kan Pesum Varthaigal' (Tamil)
By Malini Mannath | ENS | Published: 28th March 2013 12:52 PM |
The plot centres around a guy who is caught between his goal and love. The film opens in a suburban little town in Tamil Nadu, and then shifts to Singapore for the most part. ‘Mirchi’ Senthil who has acted in TV serials and essayed supporting characters in some films, gets to play the lead here. Adequate in his role, he, however, seems inhibited in his love scenes.
The early scenes are about Mahesh getting into problems and being berated by his father. He decides to go to Singapore where his friend Appukutty is based (Murugadas makes the most of his role). The story shifts to Singapore, the place captured beautifully. It almost seems like tourism propaganda, when Mahesh and Appukutty shower praise (well deserved no doubt) on the people, its rulers and the cleanliness and discipline.
A contract worker at a construction site, Mahesh’s goal now is to acquire citizenship of the place. Marry a Singapore citizen and you will get it, someone suggests. With a similar agenda is Janani a salesgirl, who wanted to get away from her problems back home. The duo oblivious of each other’s intention and scheming, feign love to each other, pretending to be what they were not. The first half is neatly scripted and has a smooth flow.
The director brings in a twist midway through. While actors in supporting roles do a fine job, Iniya could do with a whole makeover in costumes and looks.
The second half is dry and lagging. Like a stuck record, it refuses to move forward. There is the sports angle, where Mahesh skilled in badminton gets to substitute for an injured Singaporean player in a championship. Towards the end the director tries to whip up some excitement, where Mahesh has to choose between his goal and his love. The finale is played out in a predictable climax. The film has a lyrical title and some appealing visuals of Singapore. But not sufficient enough to make the celluloid trip worthwhile!