Time: 2 hours 26 minutes
Release: August 15, 2012
The one-liner of this film is: though we may have the brains and talents, our situation and travails will transform our talents into a different route altogether. A fast screenplay and good cinematography makes Naan likeable.
Karthik, despite being studious, has the ability to imitate others’ voice and use their signatures. His mother is in a relationship with another man. When he discloses this to his father, he commits suicide. Despite all this, Karthik’s mother is still in touch with her companion. Appalled over her behaviour, he sets both of them on fire and goes to the Juvenile Home. A grown up man now, Karthik is out of the home and tries to begin a new life in Chennai. Unfortunately, the bus that he boards gets involved in an accident and his co-passenger Salim dies. Karthik gets hold of his certificates and money and gets new identity ‘Salim’. He manages to get into a medical college and befriends rich friends. In this situation, his friend Ashok is suspicious of Salim which ensues into a fight. This fight ends in Ashok’s death. At the same time, Ashok’s mobile rings and Salim attends the call as Ashok. The blame for all the problems that arise later is shifted on Ashok.
What happens to Salim’s game? Did Salim get back to be Karthik once again? Or does he continue as Salim? All this forms the climax.
‘I’ve taken the life that is not useful to anyone…’ ‘No one is 100 per cent perfect in this world…’ these all-important dialogues for life, fast cinematography which is on par with the story, the most-unexpected climax, background music and direction.
What doesn’t Work:
The beginning reminds us of several old films, the story is similar to a few scenes that we have seen in a recent release
The director and actor have attempted to give an interesting tale and have managed to do it successfully. Surely a likeable fare…