Red Hot Curry on Mobile Mania

Published: 22nd June 2014 12:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2014 12:08 PM   |  A+A-

VADACURRY

With a wafer thin knot, debutant Saravana Rajan weaves a screenplay laced with humour, suspense, action and a couple of twists. The influence of his mentor Venkat Prabhu is evident in Rajan's narrative style. The film marks the coming together of Jai and Swathi, the charming pair of 'Subramaniapuram'.

Jai plays Satish, a medical representative with simple desires. His low-end cell phone an embarrassment, he was on the look out for a more sophisticated one. His friend Karikalan (Balaji) had dinned it into him that a more showy gadget would attract the girls to him. Hilarious are the scenes centred round the deafening noise of Satish's cheap mobile phone ringing. The director takes a dig at the misuse of mobile phones, which often disturb with their untimely and constant ringing.

Jai who has shown a marked improvement from film to film, plays Satish with easy assurance, lending conviction to his character. As his buddy Karikalan, R J Balaji brings in a lot of comic relief with his one-liners. There is this hilarious scene in the latter part, where Karikalan, kidnapped and held hostage by Satish's detractors, strikes an easy rapport with them to the consternation of the gang leader.

Swathi as Satish's love Naveena gets less screen space, but makes up for it by her charming screen presence. Satish's life takes a turn when he comes across a sophisticated cell-phone and pockets it. What follows is a case of mistaken identity and Satish's entanglement with some criminal elements. Pravin-Srikant have managed to keep the editing crisp and the momentum pacy for the most part.

The much hyped Sunny Leone item number with Jai falls flat, the choreography not doing justice to Leone's oomph factor. One of the song numbers has been imaginatively picturised in a videogame style with an animated cat, angry birds etc. The whole racket of medicines past their expiry dates being repackaged and sold; the cops in nexus; and Satish tracking the elusive kingpin 'Ravishankar', have a realistic feel, the director not going overboard with the action part. But the expose of the identity of the kingpin seems a forced one.

The second half maintains the momentum, but could have done with more clarity and crispness. The whole episode of Satish's entanglement with the suicide of Naveena's best friend seems an unwanted distraction. Though the interaction of Satish with his brother and his wife (Aruldoss, Kasthuri) are brief, the scenes have a natural flow.

Between the positives and the negatives, the positives largely outweigh the negatives here. A commendable effort from a debutant maker to strike away from the routine formula scenario, 'Vadacurry' is a fairly engaging watch.

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