Satyam (Madhavan) is a savvy ad filmmaker who is stuck in
Bhuvaneswar airport due to natural calamity. Sivam (Kamal
Hassan) is a nerd-like handicapped man who is very raw. These
two people with contrasting personalities meet each and become
friends forcibly due to the situation they are thrown in.
is in hurry because his marriage is about to happen in 4 days.
All the communication systems and commuting facilities are
dislocated. Satyam and Sivam embark on their journey back
to Hyderabad through various modes commuting. In their journey
they encounter so many things. Satyam learns that Sivam is
a wonderful human being.
has flashback where he fell in love with Bala (Kiran Rathod).
The rich father of Bala spoiled his love relationship. When
he is about to get married, Sivam meets with a terrible accident
that makes him handicapped for the rest of the life. Through
this accident, Sivam loses contact with Bala.
traveling back to Hyderabad, Satyam and Sivam have close encounters
and see a kid dieing in front of their eyes. The rest of the
film is about how they realize that God is not somebody who
lives in temples, but God is the one who lives in form of
men/women who does good deeds.
Hassan: Kamal gave a terrific response as the 'Sivam'
who goes through a complete transformation in the looks department.
Kamal Hassan once again showed why he is regarded as the best
actor from India with his perfect portrayal of this character.
The makeup work done to him is superb. SP Balu dubbed Kamal's
Madhavan did an excellent portrayal of an arrogant guy who
is caught in a web, which made him realize what humanity and
humbleness means. Though, he looks little over shadowed in
the beginning of the film, as the climax approaches Madhavan
character gets elevation. So is the scope to show his histrionics.
The one who dubs for Venu has given his voice to Madhavan.
Rathod: Kiran put on a lot of weight. She looks extremely
sensuous and charming as 'Bala' in the flashback. Her expressions
are very apt and she sensibly shown her womanhood. The dubbing
done by Savitha Reddy is perfect. Unfortunately Kiran's role
is limited to half an hour.
Nasser plays a typical villain role. But it was Uma Riaz who
stole the show with her cameo as a fellow female comrade of
Kamal in the flashback. The way she argues with Kamal about
her secret admiration was simply hilarious.
Story - Screenplay: The story of the film is just wonderful.
Kamal Hassan has penned a story that has philosophical touch.
Screenplay of the film is also good, though it's slow at times.
Direction by C Sundar is good. The comedy in the first half
is entertaining. The timing of comedy in the flashback is
very good, especially in the scenes where Uma confesses her
love to Kamal. But the director has not done justice to the
commercial elements in the film. He made it more like an art
film than a commercial flick.
Dialogues by Vennelakanti are commendable. There are very
good dialogues with philosophical touch. There is one dialogue
which goes like - 'aadadanni & pustakanni vere magavaadiki
ivvakoodadu. Okavela iste, avi manaki tirigi raavu'.
Music by Vidya Sagar is average. Some of the background tunes
reminds us of 'Enigma' and 'Titanic' sound tracks.
departments: Photography by Arthur A Wilson is average.
Editing is also OK. There is one stunt by Vikram Dharma that
is aimed at masses.
This film is strictly for the elite audience who does not
mind having a look at the philosophical films. Laced with
sensible comedy, this art-kind-of film does entertain the
people who love Kamal Hassan flicks. 95% of the film has Kamal
and Madhavan in all frames. This film might become a bomb
at box office, but it would remain as one of the good films
made in the recent times. You may watch it at your leisure.