‘Goa’, directed by Venkatprabhu, is the first film of Soudarya Rajnikanth as a producer, had a lot of pre-release hype to it. Has it lived up to the expectations?
The film opens ridiculing the Naattamai kind of sequence. Then the jobless trio of Jai, Premji and Vaibhav steals the temple jewellery and escape to Madurai. They stumble upon a friend, who was about to leave for London after marrying a European woman. Inspired by the friend’s fortunes, they plan to go to Goa, where many foreigners are seen, and plan that they could get married to foreign women and settle down abroad.
They swing into action to realise their dream and they go to Goa. The way things unfold in incidents in Goa defies any logic. More unbelievable is the way they manage to get ‘three’ girls with whom they sing duets.
Venkat sees to have assumed that if he ensures that the film is a youthful and joyful ride, then he could get away with anything. He has believed more on flesh and gimmicks than substance. Incidents like the search operation inside the ship, Pia’s disappointment with Jai, Premji’s ‘fortune’ to get a foreign girl and Vaibhav’s predicament are ill-conceived to say the least. The characterization Sneha and Pia is quite disappointing.
The only difference in the film is the characters of Sampath and Arvind Krishna, who have been portrayed as gays. Thankfully, homosexuality has not been shown as a sin in the movie.
Veteran Sneha and two films old Pia have done their respective roles admirably well; Premji has managed to make us laugh here and there while Jai is quite predictive. Vaibhav, Sampath, and Aravind have done their respective parts well.
Music and cinematography are the saving graces. Yuvan has given amazing background score besides giving some hit numbers.
What Goa provides you in abundance are a lot of spoofs at leading Tamil film heroes and the colourful sight of bikini clad white skinned girls. Venkat Prabhu misses a chcance to hit a hat trick.