Saroja is exactly that with more masala thrown in. Its got those neat camera angles, the hep title scene and all the makings of a trendy thriller. It is entertaining for most of the time. When it sags it is because the plot stops throwing surprises after a point, loses creativity (the pipe traps set by the 5 people towards the end was actually pathetic) and starts doing a infinite loop on cat-and-mouse chase scenes. The key element missing in this movie is a scary villain. Maybe Premji Amaran has this capacity of reducing everybody else around him to his level of clown'ishness. Maybe not but Venkat Prabhu seems really scared to show us a scary villain. He could have easily raised the thrill level up a notch by killing one of the four people. Just to make things seem more real. Or, at least have the bad guy do something other than just dance with some arbit hot-chick. Venkat Prabhu treads very carefully. The moment he realizes that the movie has been serious for the 2 continuous minutes, he uses Premji Amaran to crack a joke. The jokes come out at odd times and in some cases are too contrived. They are funny (especially when he says "I was cornered" mimicking Sivaji-Rajni) but no one would do the stuff that he does, in the situations he does them in. Don't get me wrong here, the movie is good. But it is never great. It gets by. Sometimes, it uses all these nice old-tamil movie references (The Karakattakaran music) to get by. They are thrown in at the right time to make things very funny.
If you switch on the TV and find that Judgemen Night is on, you are compelled you watch it till the end. It had its stupid moments but it was a good "I have nothing else to watch on TV" movie. Saroja easily is in that category. It might have been better if it didn't treat itself in such a silly fashion. On the positive side, it keeps you entertained all along, the twist towards the end is pass-mark and Premji is really funny. Venkat Prabhu started with a completely original Chennai 28. He has chosen to borrow in this movie. Not a bad move by any means. In this movie he shows that he knows to work the tools that are required to provide a hit movie.