Director: LG Ravichander
Cast: Bharath, Nandita, Karunakaran, Manobala, Thambi Ramaiah
There is a scene in Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani where the illiterate hero Sigamani’s (Bharat) proficiency in English is put to test. He thinks hard, and suddenly inspiration strikes him: He recites the epic Rajinikanth line from Velaikkaran “I can walk English, talk English…” [See video below]
For another scene, director LG Ravindran riffs off the narcolepsy gag from Vishal’s Naan Sigappu Manithan. We roll our eyes. And don’t stop rolling them during the entire movie – all two and a half hours of this screwball comedy, which has approximately half of all the known and unknown Kollywood funnymen in it.
[accordion title=’Plot (Spoiler)’]Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani is the tale of a naïve and unschooled Siddha doctor, Sigamani (Bharath); and the horde of people around him – his mom, the good friend (Karunakaran), a gang of friends who constantly con him for money and a line-up of assistants who help in his sidhavaidyam. Sigamani is a simpleton who gets duped a little too easily, and the horde decides that the solution to this particular problem is to find him an educated wife. He finds one in front of a college – the beauteous Nandita and they instantly decide to get married. What follows is a comedy (?) of errors to cover up his lack of education to her ambitious dad, Thambi Ramaiah.[/accordion]
There is a feeling of impending doom that is present throughout the movie — right from the overcast black and white opening shot that introduces Sigamani’s childhood. From thereon, every scene systematically grates your nerves. It’s a simple premise that could have been funny. But except for a hilarious moment at a restaurant, there aren’t any genuinely funny scenes in the film. The comic writing is banal, performances are over the top (with Thambi Ramaih leading the pack) and the narrative is predictable.
That there was hardly any laughter in the theater says a lot about a comedy that has everyone from Thambi Ramaiah to Manobala to Karunakaran in it. Sigamani’s posse of friends are an annoying lot, and there is no obvious reason for why he is so forgiving towards them. Bharath tries too hard to be funny, while Nandita is coy, cute and irksome. Comedian Karunakaran is the only saving grace among the cast.
There are three unremarkable songs in the soundtrack – including a token romantic song where Sigamani and his bride prance around in pedal pushers and jeans. There is neither the slightest whiff of romance, nor any obvious chemistry between the lead pair.
The movie belongs to an era 20 years in the past; but the script would have been a letdown no matter when it was made.
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* The movie is sometimes spelt Aindham Thalaimurai Siddha Vaidhiya Sigamani