The dough mixed in Andhra has been made into kuthu parota in Kodambakkam by director Siva. Since the screenplay reeks of Andhra masala, the spice hits our eyes.
Karthi joins the list of double acts seen in ‘Moondru Mugam’ and ‘Billa.’ In a small village within the borders of Andhra, the rowdies rule the roost and Karthi plays the police officer (Rathnavel Pandian) who gives them endless troubles much to their annoyance. Angered by this turn of events, the villains decide to finish off Karthi and send him to his grave. They can’t believe their ears when they hear that Rathnavel is still alive.
Even as the villains repeatedly shout their disbelief, we see the amusing entry of Rocket Raja, a spitting image of the cop Rathnavel. He is a pickpocket but the innocent Tamannah is in love with him not aware that he’s a thief. While Raja is busy trying to woo Tamannah, the villains mistake him for a resurrected Rathnavel and hound him. The real Rathnavel has died the death of a brave cop. Now Karthi has the opportunity to become a cow under tiger’s skin. Rocket Raja fulfills the oath taken by Rathnavel Pandian and thus ends the story.
As the pickpocket who hoodwinks girls in their homes to steal, Rocket Raja provides the comedy element, but Rathnavel Pandian as the tough cop is like a leaping and snarling leopard when dealing with the villains in a feast of action scenes.
He goes to a marriage but ends up getting Santhanam caught to save Tamannah and one gets a bellyache full of laughter in the process. Santhanam then goes missing, appearing just before the climax to keep us laughing again. This is a plus point of the film. “I thought she is a chick girl, but she seems more of a dumb one,” sums up Santhanam of Tamannah in the film.
Despite knowing that he is a pickpocket, Tamannah still loves him. Such a thing can happen only in films. She looks so gorgeous and shows a lot of hip in whatever scene she appears in that she is sure to be ahit with the glamour crazy public.
Even if 50 to 60 villains assault him, Karthi is able to bash them all, so one wonders if his body is made up of iron and not nerves! When the rowdies conjure up variously designed weapons, one sees blood stain even in the logic. If Karthai rises like a phoenix every time in an encounter, even his helpers seem to be like him in what is absolutely comical more than anything. The screenplay becomes weak when the horrendous villain turns into a comedy piece in the last few scenes. The villain’s brother, who shows his face once in a while suddenly and then disappears, is also a comedy piece. ‘Siruthai’ has so many such minus points.
Karthi is wonderful in both comedy and action
Tamannah’s glamorous appearance
The Andhra flavor in the screenplay