Director: M Rajesh
Director Rajesh’s movies are like these Russian dolls of lowering dimension, every positioned inside the opposite till you might have simply the one doll with all of the others rattling inside it. Vannakkamda Mappilei just isn’t a single movie. It has plot factors in it from Siva Manasula Sakthi, Boss Engira Bhaskaran, and OKOK mashed up collectively. It’s as if merely casting totally different actors for the roles of Rajesh Hero, Rajesh Hero’s Buddy, Rajesh Heroine, Rajesh Hero’s Mom, and Rajesh Hero’s Comical Antagonist would make it a wholly new movie. Rajesh hopes to construct a physique of labor that elevates cut-and-paste to an artform.
Aravind (GV Prakash Kumar) is a marine engineer on go away, however he may even have simply been Siva from SMS. Thulasi (Amritha Aiyer) is Nayanthara from Boss. Swaminathan (Daniel Annie Pope) is Santhanam from all Rajesh movies, however particularly OKOK the place his romantic plans are consistently thwarted by that movie’s Rajesh Hero. Between the three, they enact hilarious sequences from Rajesh’s earlier movies; that is outdated wine in an outdated bottle handed out by a special hand.
The one-line of the story — and likewise the complete story — is that Aravind and Swami resolve to get married on the identical day, however one thing or the opposite occurs to smash it. Swami needs to marry his mama ponnu (and there’s even an appalling sequence mocking him and his daughters). Aravind likes Thulasi, who needs her widowed father, Ramachandran (Anandaraj), to seek out somebody earlier than she will get married. Briefly, the movie enters a enjoyable Galatta Kalyanam zone, the place to ensure that one particular person to get married, he has to arrange alliances for a number of others. However Rajesh trades this chance for an opportunity to jot down extra jokes of doubtful style that includes Ramachandran and a yoga instructor.
It’s moot to touch upon the movie’s misogyny when it celebrates it. There’s a job interview that includes Thulasi the place she’s made to do ridiculous, and demeaning, issues by Swami. You hear gems like ‘motive kadhacha pasanga ponnungala kaiti uduvaanga, season maarnaaley ponnunga kaiti uduvaanga (males breakup with a motive, ladies breakup with altering seasons)’, however you additionally get scenes the place Aravind defends his mom when his father mistreats her. In some way, it’s okay to be petty and vindictive to your girlfriend, however to not your spouse, solely as a result of she is a mom and deserves respect. The movie awkwardly justifies its misogyny with a weak protection of moms.
However there’s a stretch close to the top the place we see a household drama between Aravind and his mother and father. That is the movie’s most spectacular half, although it’s too cute to be transferring. However in a movie that’s largely inane alliterations like ‘kaalam pona gangaaru’, it has dignity. Both as a result of we’ve developed Stockholm Syndrome in two hours or as a result of the story lastly will get going, the final thirty minutes are genuinely amusing, and you start to suppose: possibly, this isn’t such a nasty movie in spite of everything, till it ends with an unforgivable slight on single moms, all for an pointless comedian twist.
Think about all the nice enjoyable Rajesh can whip up, if solely he was not so obsessive about soup boys and wealthy women. However when you discover it amusing that the hero and his good friend are referred to as Aravind and Swami, then Vannakkamda Mappilei is your repair.