Cast: Arya, Tamannaah, Santhanam, Vidyullekha Raman, Karunakaran, Bhanu.
Director: M. Rajesh
What happens when booze goes in? Truth comes out mostly. But for Rajesh, when booze goes in, I guess, he makes films.
Of course, the release date of VSOP has got nothing to do with independence, or its struggle. Men in the movie seem to have got themselves chained under the influence of women power, so, the story (or whatever that is) puts women at the center of their troubles. Vasu (Santhanam) and Saravanan (Arya) have been friends from their nappy days. The only sentimental scene in the movie appears for a brief moment where Arya tells that he grew up with Santhanam after his dad passed away at a tender age. No, no. Don’t expect a tear-jerking performance there. In the very next scene we see Karunakaran stepping in and tuning the movie back to comedy.
The pamphlet length story of VSOP has been borrowed from ‘Panchathantiram’s’ climax that was released a decade ago. In the 2002 comedy, while running toward the end of the film, the wives of Jayaram, Ramesh Aravind, Yugi Sethu, and Sriman warn their husbands to stay away from Kamal Haasan as he is a liar and a fraud according to them. The husbands then hurl abuses at Kamal and walk away only to return a couple of minutes later and apologize to their dear friend stating that they had no other way out. That's the preface of VSOP. Oops! The story is out. But that’s really not important for all you do is guffaw throughout the movie.
Arya and Santhanam truly shine as best friends. Even when half the jokes offend the opposite gender, the two don’t make them look like we are supposed to howl them into a class of reproach. The ladies, Tamannaah and Vidyullekha Raman, make merry with their share of the pie, as well. Vidyullekha is unbeatably the next Kovai Sarala. With her comic timing equaling Santhanam’s, we can safely say that a comedienne has arrived.
The difference between Arya and Santhanam is the song “Naa Romba Busy”. Arya gets to sort of dance alongside Tamannaah here. And perhaps, while working on the punch lines and the delivery, the team must have hit a roadblock somewhere. Santhanam speaks about the difficulty in coming up with the lines and the accompaniments that make you ROFL. This also works because the movie’s all about that – sarcasm, humor, and their synonyms!