Film: Hara Hara Mahadevaki
Director:Santhosh P Jayakumar
Cast: Gautam Karthik, Nikki Galrani, Motta Rajendran, Balasaravanan, Karunakaran, Ravi Maria, Sathish, Namo Narayanan, R K Suresh, Mano Bala and Mayilsamy
Cinematographer: Selvakumar S K
Hara Hara Mahadevaki is a full-fledged entertainer that has you laughing for most part of the time.
A politician (played by Ravi Maria) hatches a plan to make his party win the upcoming elections and thereby come to power. Knowing that the ruling party has been doling out freebies to the people with an eye on votes, the politician looks to score over them by having a bomb go off at his party meeting. This, he believes, will fetch him and his party sympathy votes. The impression that he intends to create in the minds of the voters is that the ruling party is behind the blast. Knowing that the ruling party is ‘gifting’ bags with beauty products as part of its campaign to attract women voters, he manages to get one such freebie bag and plants a bomb in it. His next task is to find an individual to plant the bomb at the site of his party meeting. This task, he assigns to his sidekick, Idi(Namo Narayanan). Idi promptly gets him not one but two simpletons — Spike Tyson (Naan Kadavul Rajendran) and Kumar (Karunakaran). The bomb is entrusted to them with the bag.
While this is happening in one part of the town, Hari (Gautham Karthik), a funeral service provider, is breaking up with his girlfriend Ramya (Nikki Galrani). The two officially want to break up. What they mean by ‘official is’ they they have choosen to return all the gifts they gave each another when they were together. Hari collects all the items Ramya has given him in a bag. Then, he realises that the bag is too good to be given to a girlfriend he is breaking up with. So, he looks for a cheap bag and finds the freebie bag given by the ruling party to woo voters. He chooses to put all of the gifts, including a set of underwears, he intends to return to Ramya in it and begins making his way along with his friend Sathish to meet her.
At precisely this point, Ravi (Balasaravanan), an intelligent and cunning loafer is watching a a counterfeit currency gang member get caught while trying to con a grocery store owner. The smart cookie that he is, Ravi sees an opportunity to make money. He offers to teach the counterfiet currency gang member how to exchange counterfeit notes for genuine currency in return for a commission. Impressed with his work, the criminal takes him to the boss of the gang who makes Ravi a member of the gang. He hands him over a bag of counterfeit currency notes that are worth a crore and asks him to have it exchanged for real currency. As you might have guessed by now, this bag too is identical to the bags being used by Hari and Spike Tyson and Kumar.
Then, in a resort named Hara Hara Mahadevaki, a child is kidnapped with the kidnapper demanding a ransom of Rs 1 crore from its parents. The parents decide to pay up to secure the release of their child. They fill a bag with money and that bag too happens to be a freebie bag. Soon, a strange set of circumstances lead to all the bags getting mixed up and the results that follow are hilarious.
The film has a number of double meaning dialogues. But then, they aren’t likely to cause too much damage as the way they have been penned is such that the second meaning isn’t too evident. The film, no wonder, has an A certificate but then, it is a laugh riot.
Director Santhosh has dutifully narrated all the different incidents with clarity and cleverly integrated them into the main plot in such a way that it is enteratining from start to finish.
Gautam Karthik comes up with a very strong performance in this film. Just like his father Karthik, Gautham too is a graceful dancer. In fact, his dancing in this film is so good that it deserves extra brownie points. The actor has no problems handling comedy, considered to be one of the toughest genres. Having delivered two hits in Rangoon and Ivan Thanthiran, Gautham Karthik may well have another hit on his hands with this one.
Nikki Galrani is cute, confident and comfortable as Ramya. The lady has a look of innocence that only adds to the fun factor of the film. Despite having several delicate sequences, Nikki delivers yet another confident and commendable performance in this film.
Bala Saravanan, who plays the counterfeit currency guy, comes up with yet another performance that makes you laugh. His performance in this film definitely one of his best in recent times.
Ravi Maria and Namo Narayanan are the other two comedians who actually increase the fun quotient of the film. Ravi Maria, who has completely transformed himself from being a villain into a comedy villain in recent times, needs to be complimented for the manner in which he has undergone the transformation. Combining well with Namo Narayanan, who plays the role of a sidekick to perfection, Ravi Maria comes up with a sterling performance as the politician to give the main plot of the story the significance it deserves.
The film’s cameraman Selvakumar and its music director Balamurali Balu do a reasonable job. But it is the script and the dialogues that make Hara Hara Mahadevaki what it truly is – a laugh riot.