Modhi Vilayadu by Saran is a stylish looking film. The movie has a different storyline laced with suspense but it takes much time to take off and hence fails to impress as a whole.
Rajan Vasudev (Kalabhavan Mani) is among the top businessmen in the country. His son Udhay Vasudev (Vinay) stays in Chennai with his friend Madhan (Yuva). He leads a pompous life. Fearing his business rivals, Rajan Vasudev is always protective about his son and appoints security guards from abroad for his safety.
One day, Udhay comes across cute looking L R Eswari (Kajal Agarwal). His car gets damaged thanks to a mistake done by LRE. Though Udhay is not bothered about the loss, he wants to tease the girl and hence forces her to work in his house and do all domestic chores to compensate the loss he sustained in the mishap.
Love blossoms between the two but Madhan too develops a fascination for Eswari. When Udhay wants to get things clarified the tragedy strikes. Madhan gets killed in the ploy to kill Udhay.
Life turns upside down for Udhay after his friendís death. He is denied entry into his own house, his credit cards are getting dishonored, and he is forced to vacate the house. He is on the streets and Rajan Vasudevís rivals run behind him.
He is in for more shocks when he finally meets his father. His identity is shacked and so is his position in this world. How Udha, with the help of his friends Santhanam and Haneefa and girlfriend LRE handles the situation forms the rest of the story.
Saran has provided a rich experience on celluloid in terms of style and technical quality. The movie is spectacular thanks to the rich production and Karunís camera work. The movie has been musically elevated by Colonial Cousins (Hariharan and Leslie), who have made their debut as music composers. The problem with the movie is the script, which seems to be purposeless in the first half and unconvincing in the second.
The movie has a potential story but the screenplay has failed to exploit the story in the right way. While the firs half is wasted with gimmicks, the second half has interesting twists. But Saran has failed to present it in a gripping manner. He should have brought made the first half more seriously so that the movie would have been taken off in the first half itself.
Vinay has done his part well. He is very casual and his transformation towards the second-half is good. Kalabhavan Maniís talents have not been used well. Haneefa and Santhanam have added fun to the fare. Cute looking Kajal adds liveliness to the narrative.
Saran has chosen a story that has some potential but his script has let him down.