| Vijay has had great success making sacrifices for the sake of love in Tamil
movies. He sacrificed his love to unite two families in
Poove Unakkaaga while he was ready to give up
his love for his parents in Kaadhalukku Mariyaadhai.
He follows the trend in Shah Jahan, unknowingly
helping a friend fall in love with the same woman he himself is in love with.
While it appears to be a role created to earn our sympathy, the contrived
screenplay and poor characterization minimize the impact the character has on us.
Ashok(Vijay) is the youth lovers turn to when they have problems uniting and he
has successfully completed the marriages of 24 such couples. But Ashok is
insistent on the fact that the guy must know whether the girl too loves him
before moving forward. The reason behind this is that his actions on behalf of his
friend at a girl's house had ended in disaster for both the friend and the girl.
So Ashok has decided to hide the fact that he is in love with Uma Maheswari(Richa
Pallot) from his friends until he knows if she reciprocates his love. Raja(Krishna)
asks for Ashok's help in impressing the girl of his dreams Mahi and not knowing
that Mahi is none other than the girl he himself is in love with, Ashok helps him
Very rarely is the hero in a Tamil movie a loser and when such is the case, great
care must be taken to make sure that the role has a positive impact on us and that we
always root for him. Vijay here is definitely a loser when it comes to his own love
affair. He never reveals his love to Richa and ends up helping another guy
earn her love. That by itself is no crime but his character has been shaped so
badly that we never get to sympathise for him. His action in the flashback is
blatantly stupid and inspite of occasional trips to see his friend, we feel he
himself never suffered much as a result of his actions. So it seems unfair when
he falls in love. After a while, we are also irritated by his inaction with respect
to his love for Richa. This kind of poor characterization is the main reason the movie
doesn't work in generating sympathy.
Inspite of making frequent announcements in support of love, Vijay never even talks to
Richa and Krishna's romance with her is understandably not given much importance.
This puts Shah Jahan in a peculiar position where the movie is predominantly
about love and romance but is unable to feature too much of it. So the fun and
cuteness that typically characterise youthful romances in movies like
Dheena and Dhil are absent here.
With most of the movie being based on Vijay not finding out that Krishna's lover
is Richa, contrivances become the order of the day. Thankfully, the director does
not generate too many of those. Ofcourse there are the usual close calls with Vijay
and Richa moving, in slow motion, towards a meeting that is then interrupted. But since
we know that they are not going to meet until it is time for the movie to end, there
is rarely any tension generated by such sequences. The climax is overly melodramatic
with Vijay's heroic deeds going quite a bit over the top.
Vijay seems to be trying to look casual on screen but is in danger of seeming
disinterested. He should take more care about his make-up and costumes and appears
to be enthusiastic during the well-choreographed stunt sequences only. Richa is
pretty and has a nice smile but has little to do other than sing a few duets with
Vijay. Vivek's comedy track with 'Kovai' Sarala is quite distasteful and has only
a few laughs. Though song sequences seem to pop up a little too frequently, music
director Mani Sharma has some nice tunes under his belt. Melliname...
and Minnalai Pidithu... are melodious(though the picturisation leaves a lot
to be desired with Vijay's dance steps not really suiting the slow songs).
Achacho Punnagai... is the other good song while the fast-paced,
'dappanguthu' Sarakku Vechirukken... features some good dancing.