Screenplay and Direction
Technical Aspects and BGM
Barely watchable comics.
Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen might just be a safe bet for the audiences that it targets. We can bank on Ezhil to give us laugh-worthy entertainers in the future, but it'll need a good load of fine tuning and some more work on the paper. Currently, it's time pass material and nothing more.
Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Regina Cassandra, Srushti Dange, Soori, Robo Shankar, Yogi Babu, Mansoor Ali Khan
Directed by: Ezhil
Music: D. Imman
Cinematography: KG Venkatesh
Editor: K Anand Lingakumar
Produced by: Udhayanidi Stalin
Banner: Red Giant Movies
Release Date: 12-05-2017
Ezhil’s latest outing in Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen is another installment to his town-based comedy skits, in which only the hero changes and almost everything else remains the same. The film is a mediocre launchpad for Udhaynidhi Stalin to drive to the B and C centers, and establish himself as a household name. With a plethora of comedians forming a sizable star cast, Ezhil achieves what he has been doing in the recent past, once again. But whether this routine has been done to death, is a matter of debate.
Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen follows Udhay as he traverses many other characters on his path to win his ladylove. There’s a lot of comedy, some habitual and some forced, along with the usual booms coming from the fights and the regular romances. The only surprise element here is a small horror twist, which acts as the crux of the film. Being at the make or break point, the ghost angle acts as a plucker of reality and makes the proceedings in the latter half uneven. What starts off as a rather watchable comedy ride goes off the rails in the second half with too much to hold on its hands. However, what saves the film from getting downright tiresome is Ezhil’s uncanny knack to manage such a huge supporting cast and give them moments to score, though they all don’t succeed cohesively.
Amidst all the big names, Soori, Yogi Babu and Chams stand out. Udhay is happy to piggyback on them, while Regina Cassandra is undoubtedly a good choice to add to the beauty quotient. Look forward to Soori’s Dubai-return comics in the first half, while Robo Shankar and Ravi Mariya bring back memories of their hilarious sequence in VVV through a 20-minute song-to-song portion in the second.
Imman’s music and score nicely collaborate with the proceedings, with the tech team achieving the adequate value with their work.
Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen might just be a safe bet for the audiences that it targets. We can bank on Ezhil to give us laugh-worthy entertainers in the future, but it’ll need a good load of fine tuning and some more work on the paper. Currently, it’s time pass material and nothing more.