Ashok (Vijay) is a young man who spends all his time bringing lovers
together. He's already brought together 24 couples, and is scouring
for his 25th.
Meanwhile, he is in love with Uma (Richaa Ballot), a young girl in
a nearby college. He sight-adikkus her, and spends all his time
dreaming about her.
Then, he is introduced to Raju (Krishna), a young man who is also
in love with Uma, except he calls her by a different name -- the
name of Mahi. He asks Ashok to get Mahi and him together. Ashok,
without knowing he is setting up his own lover, brings Raju and
In the end, he discovers the truth only at their wedding. Then he
must sacrifice his love so that she is happy in life.
Vijay's best movies have involved him giving up his love for
something or someone ("Poovae Unnakkaaga," "Kaadhalukku Mariyaathai").
Does Shah Jahan follow the trend? Not a chance. It's a classic
masala film that Vijay fans will love and everyone else will be
utterly bored by.
Vijay fights, dances, fights, dances, fights, dances, his way
through this film. In the middle, a raunchy and not-very-
funny comedy track involving Vivek and Kovai Sarala is thrown in.
And the end is a purely sentimental tear-jerking ending that is
taken straight out of what should be a Murali film.
The acting? Vijay acts adequately. Not well, just adequately
(besides, he really only gets one scene in which to emote). Newcomer
Richaa Ballot is just kind of there. No actor leaves an impression.
The fighting? Okay, Vijay has done some extensive impressive
stunt-work in the fight scenes, and has even done some wire work
(obviously somebody in Kollywood saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon" a little too seriously).
The dancing? Vijay's always great in the dancing, and in this
film, it's not an exception. The group dances are well-organized,
well-done. Is it just me, though, or are they getting repetitive?
The sentiment? Overdone, overblown, and ultimately, fluff. When
(spoiler!) Vijay gets stabbed in the end and still pushes his
lover and her lover onto the train, I rolled my eyes instead of
reaching for a handkerchief.
You won't be bored watching this movie. You just won't be
enjoying it, either, unless you're a Vijay fan. Then you'll
be whistling your way through, having a great time.
NOTE ON THE MUSIC:
Telugu music director Mani Sharma has scored the music, and there
are several great songs. My favorites are "Mellinamae," "Minnalai
Pidithu," and "Manitha Manitha" (only a small portion used in the
film). He does need some work on background music, though, because
he included some overblown music in some areas not so serious.
Watch it on video. If you really aren't a Tamil movie fan, skip