After sitting through the nightmare of Cheran’s Mayakkannadi, we entered the theatre to watchÂ Raman Thediya Seethai with low expectations and came out mildly satisfied.
Featuring Cheran, Pasupathy, Vimala Raman, Nithin Sathya, Manivannan, Ramya Nambeesan, Karthika and Navya Nair,Â Raman Thediya Seethai represents optical media storage and home entertainment company Moser Baer’s first foray into movie production.
What lifts Raman Thediya Seethai above the stinking garbage that most Tamil movies represent is some thought and attention to the story, screenplay and dialogs. It doesn’t hurt that some of the actors throw in fairly decent performances too.Â Again, another rarity in the Tamil movie business.
Raman Thediya Seethai is a romantic comedy with Cheran cast in the role of a young man keen on getting married but encounters one disappointment after another. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that he stutters and had a short stint in the mental hospital.
Cheran is as usual a stinker as an actor though he comes to life occasionally but Vimala Raman and Pasupathy shine.
As the blind disc jockey Nedumaran, Pasupathy is a delight to watch as he recounts his own love story to the depressed Venu (Cheran), whose life he saves from the path of a speeding car.
Vimala Raman, an Indian from down under,Â is another pleasant surprise in Raman Thedia Seethai. More than just a pretty face, Vimala Raman packs some acting skills too and should go places if Lady Luck is on her side.Â
Voila, a Tamil heroine who can act. What a relief to see someone like Vimala Raman after watching quadrupeds like Trisha and Nayantara who wouldn’t recognize acting if it hit them in the face.
We liked Nithin Sathya’s portrayal of a psychotic characterÂ in Sathum PodathaayÂ and the young lad does a decent job in Raman Thediya Seethai as the reformed thief in love with college student Gayathri (Karthika).
Ramya Nambeesan and Karthika do a competent job.
While this movie has more than its share of humorous moments, it’sÂ also afflicted with some typical Tamil-movie nonsense (thankfully not too much here). The scene of the blind DJ Nedumaran (Pasupathy) fighting four stocky thugs on the road and Â emerging victorious was plain nonsense.
The talented Malayalee actress Navya Nair is completely wasted in a brief role as a police inspector.
The music in Raman Thediya Seethai is not the stuff to send you into raptures but not completely without merit either. Our favorite songs were Ippavae Ippavae and Mazhai Nindra.
Raman Thediya Seethai doesn’t break any new ground and is surely no cause for celebration or uncorking the champagne bottle but it’s a whole lot better than some of the garbage to emerge out of the Kollywood sewers lately like Satyam or Kuruvi.
And for delivering a mildly entertaining Tamil movie, Raman Thediya Seethai’s director K.P. Jagannath deserves kudos.