Of course I had several other idiots sitting with me inside the theater. One jumped the line at the ticket counter, claiming he was VIP. He wore a nasty Coat/Suit thing to prove it. This caused considerable distress among the people who were standing in front of me. People objected and harrassed the security guard, who quickly blamed the counter guy and disassociated him from the melee. I felt that the VIP dude should have been given tickets out of sympathy. Any guy who wore a blazer in May needs to be either sent to a mental hospital or 'Unnale Unnale'. If only he showed his prescriptions. My friend and I politely advised the VIP to do such things back-doors and not do it 'bagirangam' in front of every body. This upset a few more people. Inside the theater, things got much better. There was an idiot who was laughing out loud in a screeching voice for every horrible joke that was uttered on screen. He would loudly repeat the joke himself, in case the others in the theater missed the joke that emanated from 30 sets of blaring speakers, kept at maximum volume. He would repeat it and then laugh loudly in his own scratching 'rettai kural'. I couldn't complain because many many years before I had carried a monkey like this to the theater. Two monkeys. Beyond this, there were around 100 people on cell phone talking loudly in 3 different languages. It seemed as if some one projected this movie on a screen in Ranganathan street. Reminded me of the experience of watching Matrix 2 in Pune.
Jeeva wrote, what I would rank among the best screenplays ever in Indian cinema. 12B was a misunderstood and under-appreciated movie (Correction: As anonymous commentor points out, 12B's screenplay was written by K.Bhagyaraj. That makes me happy because I think he is the best in the business of screenplays). So, I went to this movie with considerable expectations. Maybe, I had to walk into two bad movies in two days, which is why I walked into this confused messy movie. The actors in this movie often snap out of their characters and talk to us. That is a very risky undertaking. It might work in a French movie that has an awesome script. With a script as fetid and festering as the one Jeeva has here - such gimmicks look amateurish. You are tempted to say "dei vennai, mudittu padatha podraa ngoiyya". Bad acting, bad story, bad execution, dominated this movie. The only positives being excellent songs (June Ponaal is a really good song) and some very good picturization. Although a few jokes were funny, having Raju Sundaram say an SMS joke was not ( the laughing guy literally had an orgasm for that poor joke, he screamed loud, paused and yelped). This new baby-faced hero showed all signs of rawness. He alternated between poor and decent acting. As luck would have it again, the heroine was Sada. She is so Saada. Where are all the bouncing Bettys such as Namitha and Malavika when I go to watch a movie? The other girl was really bubbly and cute. Thank god for such small mercies.
This movie essentially focuses on an unrealistic over-possessive girl (Sada) who decides to accept the proposal of another unrealistic over-flirting Casanova types. After their multiple break-ups and when-harry-met-sally kind of Boy Vs Girl dialogs she breaks up with him big time. Sada is actually an alien from outer-space with a belief that men should not letch at other women after they are commited. Vinay, clearly a human being, disagrees. There was a huge applause for the very pedestrian and extremely stupid Boy Vs Girl dialogs. I agree that some were good. But I was surprised when the entire theater began to furiously applaud for patent nonsense. One would be tempted to take them aside and examine these people for signs of human traces. So on this incredible, dangerous and James Bond'ish assignment to Australia, this guy befriends a chic on the plane. Sada, well who else, comes to pick up the girl and the usual bubbly girl Vs conservative girl tiff ensues. This boy renews his focus and tries to woo Sada again and again. God knows why? Sada's character is so obnoxious and the Deepika chic is so hot. 2 + 2 = 4? The bubbly girl, who graciously decides to play cupid wants to put a few arrows for herself. The end while not being very obvious is not too great either. The path to the end is even more painful. The actors snap out of their character and tell us 'day 1', 'day 2' etc at the beginning of every new day. This looks disconnected. No one knows what they mean and why they say such things.
Both TaraRumPum and this movie indulged in unneccesary screenplay gimmicks of showing some middle part of the movie first and then going back in time to narrate events that lead to whatever was shown in the beginning. That it worked in 'Kaakha Kaakha' so well, only means that such a style fitted well with KK's story. In these 2 movies it looks like a cheap trick. Jeeva, so far, is all ego and fluff.