Film: Yaaruda Mahesh
Director: R Madan Kumar
Cast: Sundeep Kishan, Dimple, Jagan and Livingston
With a wafer-thin plot, the debutant director weaves together a string of incidents. At times, it seems more like a theatre of the absurd, with quirky characters and scenes added on just for its bizarre humour quotient, rather than for it’s relevance to the plot.
The film centres on Shiva, a college student with no seriousness about life or his own future. A failure in academics, he whiles away his time boozing with his like-minded friend Vasanth. Shiva’s thoughtless action, at times, ends up in an unpleasant way for those at the receiving end.
It is a fine touch by the director, where Shiva revisits these moments later. Shiva falls in love with collegemate Sindhia (Dimple, a promising find) and later marries her. But marriage and fatherhood makes no difference to Shiva’s lifestyle or attitude.
One day he learns that he had been made a fall guy, and the culprit was Mahesh. He makes it his life’s mission to trace Mahesh.
Sundeep (of Maranthen Mannithen) is lacklustre and Jagan as Vasanth peps up the proceedings with his humour. It’s a predictable follow up to Shiva’s search and the finale is a let down.
Some of the oddballs Shiva encounters during his search for the elusive Mahesh do generate some hilarious moments. Like the transgender Gopal’s scene, the latter’s mimic-act is sure to bring the house down. The meeting with a gay, a slum rowdy and a musician generate some laughs. But the film, though interesting in parts, disappoints as a whole.