Film Review Tamil

Goa

When the 3 young guys come to Goa, they get accommodation in a hotel which is run by a sympathetic Tamilian, Jack (Aravind Akash), a body builder, who we later understand has a homosexual relation with his manager, Daniel (Sampath Raj). Jack has developed his six pack muscles only to impress on his partner Daniel. But his partner’s extra deep interest in Samikannu, completely upsets him. Jack becomes jealous, sad, possessive, and angry, which develops into a full scale emotional scene between the two, which is a new experience for the Tamil audience. Though it is treated largely as the comedy line and comes across to the audience as such, it does reveal some inner depths into that kind of relationship, to the audience. It makes them acceptable. This I would say is a major coup in the story line – the portrayal of the relationship between 2 homosexuals.

As the 3 guys, earnestly set out searching for the white women in Goa, other cross connections occur. A beautiful white woman Jessica (Melanie Marie) falls in love with one of the guys, Samikannu, and just when his hopes of going abroad rises high, she decides to settle down with him in India itself. Ramrajan gets hooked to a local rich business woman Suhasini (Sneha) and ends up marrying her. He discovers soon she is also a mafia don and her physical violence on him, drives him to get out of the relationship. The third guy, Vinayagam (Jai), succumbs to the love of a local girl Roshni (Piaa Bajpai). All ends well and then it’s time for celebrations, and we see all on the screen celebrating including the director Venkat Prabhu dancing away. The end credit titles have a Jackie Chan touch, which look more interesting than the movie itself.

The film scores on casting. In a rather crazy, bizarre story line and situations, the actors, a very mixed breed, have all done exceedingly well. Sneha as the girl friend and then the wife of one of the guys, steals the show by her excellent performance as a don and successful entrepreneur in Goa. Melanie Marie makes her presence felt as the charming, desirable, sensuous and loving white girl. The use of animated title cards and other post production gimmicks work very well giving the film an attitude.

Loud giggles, laughter, conversations and cheers amongst the female audience in the theatre, when the film ended, clearly points out to the fact the film is packaged as a female “empowerment” story line. But is that really so? If you consider the number of times Ramarajan gets slapped and bashed up by his wife (Sneha), yes it does feel different and a relief for the women folks who are tired of men slapping women on the silver screen. But then the film ends on a very clever note, as we see Sneha proposing to another guy and this time it is the actor Silambarasan (Simbu), in special appearance, who winks at the audience and wipes the blood oozing from his nose, suggesting thereby that ultimately the men have an ultimate upper hand and then it takes a macho Simbu to do it. Sic. This clearly reveals the mindset of the director.

The film totally fails in the way the characters are developed with no sense of continuity. An extremely shallow screen play, accompanied by bad structuring of the film, leaves a sour impression about the filmmaker who had done a neat job in his 2 earlier films – Chennai 600028 (2007) and Saroja (2008). Lots of situations or plot points look completely unwarranted, incomplete or even confused like the jewellery robbery from the temple, the haircut and make shift appearance of the 3 guys, the fight sequences, the entire scene of trying to recover the jewellery from the vaults etc. The story had interesting possibilities but the attitude of the film itself looks very backward and silly. The film tries to commercially exploit the inferiority complexes of people vis-a-vis all that is foreign. The overall plot looks unbaked, and even out dated. The songs and its picturizations make no impact either.

Summing up, the desperate effort of the filmmaker to make Goa a fun film, works only in patches, but fails to make an impact on the whole.

Score40%

Tamil, Drama, Color

 

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