VSOP review: Arya, Santhanam juvenile jokes just don't work

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2015 14:06 IST
VSOP is a situational comedy starring Arya, Santhanam and Tamannaah.

Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga
Director: M Rajesh
Cast: Arya, Santhanam, Tamannaah, Bhanu
Rating: 1/5

As much as Tamil cinema can be bold with its themes and situations, it can also be rank stupid in the way it passes buffoonery for comedy. M Rajesh's Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga (Vasu and Saravanan Studied Together) takes us through situations and a story that might not even appeal to front-benchers. Is this a kind of naivety or simple foolhardiness? An answer beats me.

Vasu (essayed by Santhanam) and Saravanan (Arya) are thick friends, inseparable like Siamese twins. When Vasu gets married and evokes the wrath of his wife, who is angered by Saravanan's juvenile jokes, she asks her husband to break his friendship. Till then, there will no sex between them, she tells Vasu.

Vasu hopes that when Saravanan gets married, things might sort themselves out, and the virgin groom desperate to consummate his relationship tries every trick to get his friend hitched. Aishwarya (Tamannaah), who works for a marriage bureau, looks like the perfect scapegoat for Vasu's little plot.

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The film has very little to show even by way of performance. Tamannaah remains as wooden as ever, while Arya (celebrating his 25th movie) appears flat in a role meant to portray him as a bumbling simpleton -- firmly under the thumb of his clever friend. Sadly, Santhanam continues to be happy as the hero's sidekick -- though he can be good lead material -- the only redeeming feature in Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga being his witty one-liners.

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