A film which is taken by a person who is mainly known for his offbeat and quirky themes and settings joins hands with a hero who is new to such a story and who badly needs a hit. How that film will be which has the best of best of the director and his crew. The teaser proved it will be different like the title but how the film tastes?
Sugan (Karthi) is an absolute Casanova who has a stupid but special friend Parasuram (Premji). He works in a Tractor company and impresses a wealthy industrialist named Varadarajan (Nasser). After attending a party Sugan and Parasuram searches for Biriyani shop and happen to come across a sizzling beauty named Maya (Mandy Takhar). Both falls for Maya’s beauty and decides to accompany her for a night of fun. After getting drunk and wasted, all hell breaks loose when Sugan wakes up in the morning. Maya is nowhere to be seen and Sugan finds himself trapped in a murder case. How he comes out of all these things and what happens behind the murder is what the food is about.
Venkat Prabhu has mixed the story with the latest and trendy updates of the world like whats app, flash mob praising thala, and even looks after the logic like the heroine Hansika works as a TV reporter who works for the channel which is owned by the person who has been known first as missed and then later kidnapped and finally killed..!! But out of these many goods few could have been avoided so that we wont be getting any burp in the middle of the meal.
Karthi proves that he can look like more and more young when he joins hands with Venkat Prabhu in this film. He has portrayed plenty of characteristics to his character and proves good in all of them. Premji who is the friend of the hero has does his part well but at certain times his hair looks funky which could have been kept short so that his expressions could have been natural. Hansika comes as the candy gal and does her part well mostly in the second half. Mandy Thakkar gives the needed oomph factor for the film and helps for the twist. Nasser, sadly, has been made muted in almost half of the film. Ramki comes good in his comeback. Sampath, Uma Riyaz, Jayaprakash all fits the bill aptly but Prem is a surprise delight to watch for. The number of characters in the film is sure to make the head spin.
The Karthi-Premji duo’s silly act in the pre-interval could have been chopped so that both the halves of the would have been crispy, otherwise Praveen – Srikanth duo has worked very tight for the entire film, especially Nah nah and Pom Pom penne song. Sakthi Saravanan has cooperated well with the director as he knows how the film has to be delivered. U1(00) takes the taste to next level. Songs are chart busters but the highlight is the motivational song Edhirthu Nil sung by popular contemporary music directors D Imman, GV Prakash, Thaman and Vijay Antony. BGM’s are apt as per the mood.
Though the film moves slowly on its own, but once it gathers momentum, there is no stopping till the end, where there is an exciting climax, as well as an anticlimax, in typical Venkat Prabhu style. The N number of characters in an offbeat mystery story with its unpredictable twists, mostly laced with humor and flavored with great music makes this Biriyani a well-packaged treat for the viewers. Though its good, as per the tagline, we can taste this once according to the (Venkat Prabhu) diet..!!
- Biriyani: Tasty fare (thehindu.com)
- Biriyani Movie Review – Little Meat but Tasty Still! (dailomo.com)