Behind the Movie Biryani: Tamil hero Karthi has got sufficient market in Telugu to bag big openings. Although his last two releases disappointed, Karthi teamed with Venkat Prabhu and relied on this tasty title. Let us see, how delicious is the same on screen?
In the Movie Biryani: Story begins with introduction to playboy character of Sudheer (Karthi), who can flat any girl desired by his innocent friend Parasu (Premgi Amaren). Both of them work for Mahidra Tractors where Sudheer’s brother-in-law is also employed. There is also a sweet cute love story between Sudheer and TV reporter Priyanka (Hansika). In to non-linearity of story, there is corrupt businessman Varadarajulu (Nasser) and his relative Venkata Krishna (Ramky) impressed with Sudheer’s clever attitude.
On a cursed night, Sudheer and Parasu searching for Biryani Restaurant get caught in a murder trap. They follow one sexy lady Maya (Mandy Thakar) to a hotel room and spend the entire night boozing. Waking up morning in hang over, Sudheer and Parasu are caught by Police for kidnapping/murdering/missing of Varadarajulu. Meanwhile, CBI Officer Riyaz (Sampat) is assigned the duty to break the jinx. What is the plot behind? Who is Maya? What did a hit woman (Uma Riyaz Khan) has a role to play in this story? All these form the rest.
Values of the Movie Biryani: Hero Karthi’s performance, gripping episodes in pre-interval and second half are real life lines. The treatment offered by director Venkat Prabhu in cooking the film as comedy-romantic-thriller is definitely appreciable. Problem is Venkat could not balance the portions evenly. Script had few drawbacks decelerating the final punch. When it comes to Venkat’s professionalism in handling the thriller elements mixed with action, he was fine. It’s again the climax left unconvinced and much more expected. Sakthi Saravanan’s camera work is brilliant and inspiring with the mood. Editing wise, Praveen and Srikanth provided few sharp cuts which can be enjoyed by viewers. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background is into the major league and songs wise, just average. Seshank Vennalakanti dialogues were fragmentally hilarious. Production values of Studio Green can be acknowledged.
Into performance part, Karthi has got a character with three shades. First he plays cool as playboy then transforms into confusion with the hangover and then, the third one shows his intensity to save family and friends. A bit of melodrama added into the pre climax wasn’t so necessary. Hansika did not have much to do. Ramky, Sampath did justice with the serious characterizations. Nasser is into his usual routine. Premgi Amaren is the real example of Aravam Athi, though good at times. Mandy Thakar is absolutely hot and hard to handle.
Out of the Movie Biryani: Still and all, Venkat is inspired from Hangover. Yet, he added those typical South Indian spices to bake this hot recipe of ‘Biryani.’ However, the dose and quantity of spices was uneven. Actually, film begins like a regular romantic comedy. Just before the pre interval, it speeds up sliding into a thriller. Then, Venkat succeed in managing the most of things in second half except climax. Presence of some loose ends could not deliver the right flavor of a strife thriller despite the presence of kick ass twists and turns. For front benchers, the black comedy between Mandy Takhar, Premgi and Karthi is a spicy crack. Song canned on these three was also innovative. The way suspense unfolds in second half was also dealt finer even though regular audiences are confused by the cunning levels of director.
In contempt of all the good and bad, ‘Biryani’ can be a worth to watch once on this weekend. The format selected by Venkat Prabhu in narrating the thin storyline might be more adored by Tamil public than Telugu. Overall, this ‘Biryani’ is yummy in parts.
Cinejosh Verdict of the Movie Biryani: Not Completely Spicy.
Cinejosh Rating: 3
Reviewed by Srivaas