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Unconvincing Story: Theeratha Vilaiyattu Pillai

Cast: Vishal, Neetu Chandra, Tanushree Dutta, Sarah Jane, Prakashraj, Santhanam, Mayilsami and Sathyan
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Director: Thiru Krishnamoorthy

Karthik (Vishal), hailing from an upper middle class family, seeks the best in everything. He wants plenty of choices before choosing anything, be it a pen or car. He applies the same yardstick when it comes to love as well. He decides to prune down his choices to three women, move around with them and to finally select one of them.

The three beauties, Neetu Chandra, Tanushree Dutta and Sarah Jane, fall in love with Vishal under different circumstances. Neetu however, gets to know of Vishal’s (bad) intention and plans to take revenge. The rest of the story is about how Vishal manages to overcome Neetu’s revenge on him and whom does he marry.

The way Karthik manages to con the three girls is far from convincing. The girls must be fools to get deceived by Karthik’s silly games.

The events after Vishal’s mask comes off are comparatively better and are probably the best part of the film. While the tug of war between Neetu and Vishal provides some interest, the inordinate length mars the impact. The climax falls flat.

Vishal cruises through his role of a Romeo, flooring girls at will. In fact, he emotes well in the sequences where he has to talk the girls into duping them. In the climax, he does make a serious effort to act.

Santhanam, Mayilsami and Sathyan manage to provide just the right kind of comedy and entertainment.

Neetu, who first finds out that the hero is a cheat, scores in the acting department over the other two. Tanushree Dutta, one of the two former beauty queens, does look voluptuous and attempts a bit of acting at times. Sarah, on the other hand, sleepwalks through here role.

Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is just about okay. Arvind Krishna’s cinematography is a class-act.

The way the protagonist view girls as commodities is quite atrocious.
Watch the film only if you’re a die-hard Vishal fan.

[Chennai Online]


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