Goundamani is given an introduction worthy of a hero in Enakku Veru Engum Kilaigal Kidaiyathu. And the audience in Palazzo loves it. Deafening roars greet the actor as he arrives on screen. A gust of wind blows up, leaves swirl around Goundamani’s feet, and then – the one-liners begin.
As Caravan Krishnan, Goundamani is that sharp-tongued uncle we all know. Opinionated, grumpy and a do-gooder. In his spare time, Krishnan tries to unite lovers in holy matrimony. It is in one of these endeavours that he runs afoul of some bad, bad men.
Goundamani has stunt sequences in this film. When his sharp words don’t do the trick, he kicks the villains around. It’s cool, especially if you’re a hardcore fan of the actor.
Enakku Veru Engum Kilaigal Kidaiyathu is also full of wisecracks. Goundamani talks a mile a minute, trying to squeeze laughs out of every other scene. He even throws out Facebook and Twitter references occasionally, in a bid to keep the laughs going.
In all this, Goundamani and the film’s director Ganapathy Balamurugan lose sight on something far more important – an actual plot.
The story is rather pedestrian. Do-gooder gets in trouble, and then saves himself. There’s no room for anything else to unfold on screen. Ganapathy tries to make the story interesting by weaving in other sub-plots. Like the romance between Soundararajan and Riythvika. But it’s a case of too little, too late.
The cinematography is sub-standard, as is the music by SA Arunagiri.
It is unsettling to watch Goundamani on screen. A far cry from the man on comedy clips every day, this Goundamani is wizened with age. He’s frail and it’s scary. For the generation who grew up on his comedy routines, this film will be a disturbing watch.
Enakku Veru Engum Kilaigal Kidaiyathu is essentially a collection of some fine comedy scenes interspersed with Goundamani’s thoughts on social issues. Which is good really. Except, Goundamani deserves so much more.
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