Perumal – Movie Review

Starring: Sundar C, Namitha, Vivek, Meenakshi, Kota Srinivas Rao
Direction: Vincent Selva
Music: Srikanth Deva
Camera: Banu Muruganperumal1What do you get when you mix, action, comedy, romance and glamour – A movie obviously. But for a good movie you need a strong storyline supported by great performances. So does Perumal get full marks in all this? Well it manages to scrape through.

Perumal (Sundar C) works for a travels company. His job takes him to Andhra Pradesh, where he meets Alamu (Meenakshi). A doctor, Alamu is a damsel in distress. She is witness to a crime and the criminals are chasing her. She meets Perumal, who promises to help her. He brings her to Chennai with him and uses his wits and strength to fight the rowdies.

Ofcourse there are several other characters in the story, the main being Venkaiah (Kota Srinivas Rao). He is the don of Cudappa area in Andhra Pradesh. His son Bhadra (played by newcomer Sudhir) is a knife wielding criminal who has no respect for the law (not surprising!) He assists his father in the business of fake medicines, thus resulting in the death of several innocent children. Alamu who works in a government hospital takes this issue to the hospital chief but Bhadra kills him. Alamu captures the murder on her mobile phone camera (the advantages on technology!). But Bhadra sees her and along with her men chases her. She then meets Perumal, who promises to help her in her fight for justice.

The rest of the cast includes Vivek, who plays a Tamizhan and a Telugu. The Telugu character is hilarious. He is the brother of Saroja (Namitha- the glamour quotient), a thief in love with Perumal (no twist there!). The movie is interlaced with some interesting comedy sequences between Sundar C and Vivek. Namitha also has her moments.

Vincent Selva has tried to tell a socially relevant tale with the usual doses of masala. Though the heart is the right place, the movie lacks a strong storyline and better characterisations. Cinematographer Banu Murugan makes his debut with this film. His work his commendable.

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