Director: Radha Mohan
Producer: Ramjee Narasiman
Production Co: First Copy Pictures
Music Director: Steve Vatz
Star Cast:Karunakaran,MS Bhaskar
Nandita Swetha,R Mayilsamy,Chaams
The first few distinguished moments in Uppu Karuvaadu are what you need to identify that it’s a Radha Mohan film. The tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted wittiness, an aspiring filmmaker – living far away from his family – struggling to make ends meet and fulfill his dreams with the help of a bunch of happy-go-lucky friends and a caring girl-next-door. It’s all there.
In fact, Radha Mohan’s fascination with struggling debutants finding ways to make a mark in the industry was extensively portrayed in his debut flick ‘Azhagiya Theeye’ in a more serious manner. But the almost similar and pleasantly familiar premise has been dealt in his latest film Uppu Karuvaadu joyously with a no-holds-barred approach. He has come out all guns blazing with an inexperienced cast and crew, and with a shoe-string budget.
Chandran (Karunakaran), who is waiting for his debut opportunity to wield the megaphone, gets his calling card via Pandian – a production manager – played by the brilliant Mayilsamy. Chandran befriends his neighbor Uma (Rashitha), who is an admiring theater artist, and takes inspiration for his storyline from her life. Pandian connects Chandran to a wannabe producer Jayaraman, who is also a hefty businessman and commands immense respect in his locality as a headman. Jayaraman is ready to bankroll the project provided Chandran launches his daughter Mahalakshmi (Nandita), who is a pathetic goose egg when it comes to acting, as the film’s lead heroine. Will Chandran turn down the opportunity? Will he compromise his vision to make a good film?
The story-line of Radha Mohan has the unavoidable cliches of Tamil cinema. While Chandran battles his way out to put together a good film with rookies, he is also haunted by his responsibility as a brother who needs to send money to carry out his sister’s engagement successfully back home. However, Radha Mohan smashes all pigeonholes and banalities with his hilarious writing, ably supported by dialogue writer Pon Parthiban, who seems to be an extraordinary find. Radha Mohan has already gifted a fine writer in Viji, best known for Azhagiya Theeye, Mozhi, Vellithirai and 36 Vayadhinile and Pon Parthiban is another welcome addition.
Uppu Karuvaadu triumphs largely thanks to the exuberant supporting cast – Nakkamukka Senthil, Dhaadhi Saravanan, Narayanan, Chaams, MS Baskar and Mayilsamy. Ultimately intricate and instinctive, the humor is superbly woven into the screenplay right from the beginning. Whenever a dull moment appears, Radha Mohan finds a breakthrough immediately in the next scene by making sure that the audiences laugh out loud. It is this carefully measured balance that makes the film work.
2.7 out of 5 (Fairly Good)