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London Review

Cast:Prashanth, Ankitha,Vadivelu, Mumtaz, Pandiarajan, Vijayakumar, Srividya, Nalini, Delhi Ganesh, Mayilsami, Viswanathan
Music:Imman D
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London Movie Review - Laughathon

IndiaGlitz  [Saturday, March 12, 2005]

Calcutta, they say, is a chance created city. London too may be one. But the London we are talking about is the film made by director Sundar C. If you forget a thing called logic, this is indeed a hilarious roller-coaster ride.

And Sundar C has also gone about in a manner where you may not think too much logic. The accent is on keeping you in good humour, and he seems to have done a decent job of it. With the original story from Priyadarshan's Kakkakuyil in Malayalam, the fun element is indeed strong.

The story is simple. Sivaraman (Prashanth) is an innocent rustic youth who lands up in the big, bad London in search of a job. He comes in contact with a small-time thief Kathir (Pandiarajan). The duo eventually ends up as part of a robbery attempt made by two others (Manivannan and Mumtaz). But as the bid is nixed, Sivaraman, who is now much more confident in life, decides to pose as the grandson of a rich but blind couple (Srividya and Vijayakumar).

Now under the name Saravanan, he enters the household along with his friend Kathir.

Then the mirth-riot starts; the old couples identify Kathir's voice as Saravanan's. All hell breaks lose because of this. Then there is Anjali (Ankitha) who is purportedly the lover of the original Saravanan. Then there is a caboodle of characters in the form of an advocate (Vadivelu), his rotund wife Baby (Nalini), the always-inebriated manager (Delhi Ganesh)... it is a house of never-ceasing fun and hilarity.

The climax is all about how all the cross connections and conned connections are set right. The film has shades of every Sundar C film before.

Sundar C, who struck a rich vein of form in Winner combining Prashanth and Vadivelu, recreates the magic. Adding to the agreeable chaos is Pandiarajan.

Prashanth, as Sivaraman and Saravanan, does not complicate things. He sticks to a neat and simple path. Ankitha has nothing much to do, except simper and look good. And she does look ravishing. Vadivelu is yet again stand out as the loud-talking lawyer. His antics leave you in splits. The entire cast has been chosen with an eye on comedy and they have not let the director down.

The music, for such a film, has to be heavy. Vidyasagar's is, with the accent being on dance and rhythm.

Sundar C has once again proved that he has an extra flair for comical amusements.

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