|Starring||Prabhu Devah, Abbas, Manivannan, Anupam Kher, Rambha, Simran.|
|Credits||Music : Ranjit Barot (Debut)
Story, Screenplay, Direction : Sabapathy S.
Producer : "Kalaipuli" Thaanu.
|Reviewed By||Balaji Thirumalai|
Kalaipuli S. Thaanu's latest offering V.I.P. is probably the feel good movie of the year thus far. The old wine, in this case the umpteenth reworking of a poor man trading places with the rich one has been well served to sparkle with delight. Abbas, Prabhu Devah, Simran and Rambha play the Rich Man, Poor Man, Rich girl,Thief to borrow a phrase from John Le Carre. The story is simple enough and the narration taut to hold one's interest through out. Sabapathy has an eye for comedy and it shows in his screenplay. Guru (Prabhu Devah) is a honest, educated, unemployed youth who by chance, lands in the rich house hold of Anupam Kher, the owner of a leather factory who mistakes him for a foreign returned M.B.A who is the answer to the sagging fortunes of his company. Meanwhile, the US returned Santosh (Abbas), finds himself with Rambha, a small time thief and Prabhu Devah's partner in crime and they promptly fall in love. Meanwhile, Simran, the daughter of Kher and Fatima Babu (in a nice cameo) vies for Devah's attention. Adding to the confusion is Manivannan, a mentor to the small time crooks in Madras. Rami Reddy is the unfortunate villain who's after Devah and Rambha for stealing his car, which leads to the whole comedy of errors.
The plot neatly untangles without any major hitches. Devah manages to save the day for the company and finds his company in Simran. Abbas and Rambha make a cozy couple. Anu Mohan, playing Kher's chauffeur and Manivannan provide the comic relief. The songs are mainly flavor of the month types, with "Mylu, mylu, mylamma" (Mano, Chitra, Unni Krishnan and Ranjani) standing out. In some ways, this movie is important as its probably the coming of age for Prabhu Devah. He has definitely matured since his Kadhalan days and shows a lot more restraint and a little flair for comedy. Thankfully, not much is required from Abbas or Simran in the acting department. Prakah Raj makes a late appearance in an unnecessary cameo. I didn't really look at my watch much during this movie, which would categorize it as a Time-Pass flick, I guess.