Film: Inga Enna Solludhu
Director: Vincent Selva
Cast: VTV Ganesh, Meera Jasmine, Santhanam, Swarnamalya
After playing character roles in various films, VTV Ganesh essays the lead in Inga Enna Solludhu. The title is borrowed from the popular line mouthed by Ganesh’s character in Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya. The movie is about the travails of a man, the turns his life takes, and the different characters he meets.
The screenplay is divided into various distinct episodes, each on a different track, with new characters added in each. Ganesh, who is also the producer, plays the role of a simpleton who gets taken for a ride many a time. Considering his shortcomings, the actor probably wouldn’t have got a more suitable lead than this. Also, without the line-up of actors like Simbu, adding brief yet valuable support, Ganesh wouldn’t have been able to pull it off.
The film opens with Ganesh (Ganesh) attending a friend Rajeevan’s party at Kotagiri. After getting an urgent call from home, he takes a car to Chennai. To drive away the monotony of a long drive, the driver (Santhanam) asks Ganesh to narrate some of his life’s interesting moments.
The movie is about how Ganesh’s helping nature, his gullibility, and his soft spot for women lands him in various problems. The first story is about how he was kicked out of his job as a bartender in a pub. The narration then shifts to Singapore, where he meets his first love Subha (Swarnamalya). Crisply edited, and with quick entry and exit of characters, the episodes are wound up smoothly.
The best of them is that of Simbu and Meera Jasmine (playing Raghu and Raji). Simbu’s presence — spontaneous and lively — makes the episode enjoyable. Andrea appears in a cameo here. Jasmine, graceful and serene, lends dignity to her character. But why a smart, educated and well-placed girl like Raji opts to marry Ganesh, who has nothing going for him, remains a puzzle. In the latter part, the film slackens in its momentum.
The later episodes that show what persuaded Ganesh to invest in film production and lured him to gamble on horse racing, seem forced and contrived. These are the weakest links in the chain. Director K S Ravikumar and Mayilsamy play themselves in the movie. The end is a cinematic one.
The peppy song numbers by Dharan are well-placed in the narration. The quick change of locations — Chennai, Singapore and London, crisp editing (Antony, who appears in a cameo) and Simbu’s screen presence hold up the film, which, otherwise, would have been a total downer. It was a knot with potential. Selva could have worked out the screenplay in a more interesting manner.