SYNOPSIS: A cold-blooded criminal who robs a bank, is after four people who possess the huge sum of money he had looted.
REVIEW: Chandran and Anandhi, who had put up an impressive performance in Prabu Solomon’s Kayal, are back as a pair again in Rubaai. This time the director has turned producer, while Anbazhagan is at the helm. There are a few similarities one could identify with Kayal, though.
This film, too, has Chandran, who plays Bharani, falling in love with Anandhi’s character at first sight. He has a close friend, this time, too. Babu (debutant Kishore) and Bharani are youngsters who confidently think themselves as ‘muthalalis’ as they are self-employed. They have a lorry, which earns them their daily bread.
Kunguma Raja (Chinni Jayanth) is shifting his home and seeks the help of Bharani and Babu. Bharani falls in love with Raja’s daughter (Anandhi), and she, too, starts reciprocating during the course of their journey to the new home. Meanwhile, a ruthless criminal (Harish Uthaman) successfully robs a bank and is on his way to hand over it to the person who had assigned him the task.
The cops who have been alerted about the same are on a hunt for him. He manages to escape from getting caught by putting his money bag wisely on Bharani and Babu’s lorry. However, his plan misfires as he fails to trace their vehicle. With the help of a person who was asked by a businessman to seize the duo’s lorry, the criminal sets out in search of them.
Quite surprised and elated at the huge sum that has ended up with them, the lives of the four protagonists changes. Unknowing of the danger involved, they go for a makeover, and decide to settle down far away — at Raja’s house in Theni. The criminal comes all the way searching for them without knowing that the cops are almost near him.
Rubaai has an interesting plot, with a few engaging scenes. But the interchanging romantic and thrilling scenes do not work always. Anbazhagan has managed to link elements like friendship, deceit, love and greediness and entertain to a good extent.
Harish Uthaman as the cruel baddie and Chinni Jayanth, in a different avatar as a doting dad, score above others in the movie. Though the songs are decent enough and hummable, they mar the narration at times.