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Jeevi rating: 3/5
Genre: Comedy
Banner: Maha Lakshmi Imaging
Cast: Kamal Hassan, Simran, Ramyakrishna, Sangavi, Devayani, Jayaram, Ramesh Aravind, Sriman, Satyanarayana, Nagesh, Manivannan, KS Ravikumar, Ramesh Khanna, Urvasi, Aishwarya, Kovai Sarala, Dubbing Janaki, Vidya.
Story: Kamal Hassan
Dialogues: Vennelakanti
Music Director: Deva
Lyrics: Chandrabose, Bhuvanachandra
Presentor: Editor Mohan
Producer: MV Lakshmi
Screenplay & Direction: KS Ravikumar
Release date: 30th August 2002



Ram (Kamal Hassan), a pilot by profession, falls in love with Mythili (Simran) and marries her. Ram is notoriously known for his flings with various girls. But he is a changed man after marriage. Mythili misunderstands Ram in a strange situation and she returns to her parents place.

Ram has four south Indian buddies who are his childhood friends. These caring friends are sad that Ram is separated from his wife. They wanted to cheer up Ram on his birthday with a surprise. They take him to a hotel and Ram is introduced to Maragathavalli alias Maggy (Ramya Krishna), a high-class call girl. But in the process, it's found that Maggy is dead. The frightened-five packs that body and throws it into a river.

The rest of the movie is dealt with how this five-some create laugh riot with their innocuously funny acts.

Artists: Kamal looks pretty old in his French-beard getup. But he did a fine job in doing nice comedy. Watching Simran on screen after a gap of 8 months is a welcome change. She is cute and demure. One can't help noticing Simran dancing to glory in her low-rise jeans (like Sonali in Dayi Dayi song of Indra) in the 2nd song of the film. Ramya Krishna is sexy in the getup of a call girl. Jayaram, Ramesh Arvind, Sreeman and Yogi Sethu did well as the buddies of Kamal Hassan. Other heroines like Urvasi, Sanghavi and Aiswarya have a very little role to play.

Technical Departments

Story: This film is loosely based on Hollywood flick 'Very Bad Things' featuring Cameron Diaz. It's a dark comedy film. Kamal Hassan wrote story for Panchatantram.

Screenplay - direction: Though this film deals with a murder-mystery, the director added comedy to each and every scene of the film. The same comedy diluted the seriousness of the film. KS Ravi Kumar is deft at handling situational comedy and he used it to maximum extent in this film.

Music: Deva gave a mediocre music for this film. None of the tunes are good except for 'Meri Jaan Meri Jaan'. For lots of comedy scenes, Deva has taken the tune from Samsung's 'True Eye' cellular phone advertisement as the background music.

Dialogues: Vennelakanti has successfully translated Crazy Mohan dialogues in Telugu without losing the punch and pun in the jokes and one-liners. But the effect is lost as we have been seeing these kind of pun dialogues in Kamal Hassan films like Bhamane Satyabhamane, Tenali and Brahmachari.

You can enjoy this black comedy film if you leave your thinking caps behind and forget about logic. It's an out and out comedy film. If you like the kind of Tenali and Brahmachari films, you can enjoy this one too. Over all, it's a total-time-pass film.

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