Director: Thalapathy Prabhu
Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nivetha Pethuraj, R. Parthiepan
How do you tweak the standard hero-versus-villain rural melodrama? You could do worse than cast Parthiepan as the villain. The actor lends some of his trademark colour to the part of a big shot named Oothukaataan, who swears revenge on a neighbouring village because he wasn’t allowed to conduct his little girl’s ear-piercing ceremony at the local temple.He wants to drive everyone out of the village and bring the temple deity to his village. Or something. It doesn’t matter. He does villainous things so that the hero can do heroic things. He also adheres to Clause 142-C of the Tamil Film Villain’s Rulebook and begets a daughter (Leelavathi, played by Nivetha Pethuraj) that the hero can fall in love with.
Udhayanidhi Stalin plays the hero, Ganesh. He adheres to Clause 274-G (b) of the Tamil Film Hero’s Rulebook and tries to convince us that he is Rajinikanth. There’s first the film’s title, Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam (I Have a Heart of Gold), taken from one of Superstar’s greatest introduction songs. We hear the number when Ganesh drives a road-roller because he believes in social service. Or something. It doesn’t matter. He wears a pair of sunglasses and positions another one at the back of his head, so that the people behind him can see he’s wearing sunglasses. At least, this is better than the idea he comes up with to bring more customers to his travel agency: he introduces “car hostesses” (like air hostesses).
Watch the trailer here: