It’s not an inspiration of Hangover, but a crisp treat of entertainment from Venkat Prabhu. Actor Karthi with his previous films ‘Alex Pandian’ and ‘All in All Azhagu Raja’ witnessing a mediocre scenario in box office was in desperate need of a hit film. Apparently, it happens with Venkat Prabhu’s Biriyani, the film that takes you for a good ride with delicious ingredients.
Venkat Prabhu doesn’t strain searching for an unconventional plot, but presents a simple story and theme with an engaging screenplay. This has been a predominant factor in all his films that includes ‘Chennai 600028′, ‘Saroja’, ‘Goa’ and ‘Mankatha’. In all likelihood, ‘Biriyani’ gains the favour of Venkat Prabhu with the right mix of glam, fun, thrill, action and sentiments and as usual, the prominence of friendship and love. Unlike his previous films, this might not be a multi-starrer, but the director makes sure of inviting all his ‘Chennai 600028′ stars to offer a surprise with ‘Vilayaadu Mankatha’ remix flash mob and there for Vijay fans, you have a snap look at Ilayathalapathy in ‘Google Google’.
Getting on to the story, it’s so simple. Biriyani centers on two friends (played by Karthi and Premgi Amaran), who are cornered for a murder they didn’t commit. It all happens over a night, when they lose memory of the instance, but only find themselves as convicts with cops and CBI on their hunt.
A different Karthi indeed!!! His looks and performance stands out to be different from his previous movies. Venkat Prabhu seems to have taken scrutinising efforts on transforming this actor into a different shade. In fact, Karthi looks cute than his ‘Paiyaa’, but he can focus a little on his dance to improvise it. The actor spells the best in action sequences and his comedy sequences with Premgi Amaran are the greatest highlight. Not to miss the second half, where the thrill-bound-screenplay gets seasoned with some hilarious touch. Hansika Motwani is more beautiful and she has given emphasis to her body language and facial expressions. She looks awesome in songs and her chemistry with Karthi is good. Premgi Amaran offers us laughter-riot with his comedy. Ramki makes a promising comeback. Sampath and Jayaprakash is a good choice for their roles. Mandy Takhar woos us with her oomph factors. Uma Riaz as baddie surprises us with her action sequences in the pre-climax fight. Madhumitha as Karthi’s sister is worthy of appreciations and Panchu Subbu as her fiancé is justifying. Nasser in the form of Premgi Amaran is awesome and deserves more applause.
Yuvan Shankar Raja makes an impressive show with the songs and what’s more appealing is the background score. The cinematography by Sakthi Saravanan (who makes a cameo wishing Karthi ‘Good luck, ungalukku Penn Kulandhai Porandhurukku’) has played with colours. The National award wining editors Praveen and Srikanth are extraordinary and in fact their ‘precise cuts’ engage us vividly into the script.
On the whole, ‘Biriyani’ is a wholesome entertainer that is little sluggish in first half, but turns into fast moments during second half with a fantastic climax.
Verdict: Pacy and entertaining