While most would know the plot, here it is for the uninitiated. Senthil (Jiiva) and Venkat (Srikanth)go in search of their long lost friend, Pari (Vijay), who had been such a wonderful influence on their lives during their college days. Srivatsan (Sathyan) is also part of the search but for a different reason, to settle scores. The story travels back and forth in time and Venkat recounts Paris story as they travel to his current destination. Pari, a student prodigy, believes in following ones heart when it comes to life and that is what he instills in his friends. He deplores the present educational system and rubs his Principal, Virumandi Sandhanam alias Virus (Satyaraj), the wrong way with his ideologies. After captruring many hearts including Virus daughter, Rhea (Ileana), he vanishes all of a sudden. Venkat and Sendhil manage to find him at the end of their long journey and along the way, unravel a big mystery surrounding Pari.
It is a scene to scene adaptation of the original, a wise thing to do. Except for the names and one additional song, everything else is just the same as the original. But many nuances that made a great impact in the original remain largely flat. The concept of all iz well, the funny 'uncertainty' of the leads over kissing, Virus obsession over time management, etc, are signature movie moments that will remain memorable in the audiences mind forever. Here, they all are hazy replicas that merely fill the screenplay. Sendhils campus placement interview (a deeply touching sequence in the original) just does not come out of the screen. This way, every scene can be compared to the original and the shortfall will seem obvious. But, if watched without any hang-ups, it isnt a bad watch.
Coming to performances, while in the Hindi version the actors made us forget their middle ages by completely sinking into the role, here nobody tries too hard to raise the bar. Vijay is not bad but remains Vijay throughout. Jiiva looks every bit the part, but somehow, does not touch a chord like Sharman did. Srikanth, though does not have a difficult role, does his part quite well. Ileana, looks nice, and does a neat job (especially the clean lip sync). It is Satyaraj who just does not match up to the original. Though Boman Iranis characterization was quite a caricature, he made had put so much power into his performance that it became unforgettable. Satyaraj tries hard to be him and struggles throughout. His English is bad (the writer needs to be blamed for that) and his lisp is inconsistent and it is only towards the end of the film does he manage to slightly redeem himself. And it is Satyan (playing Omi Vaidyas part) who is the most sincere. Vijay Vasanth as the student committing suicide, S J Surya as the original Pari and Anuya as Rheas sister do what is required of them.
Harris Jeyaraj churns out easily hummable numbers as usual, but no great piece of music here. Manoj Paramahamsas cinematography seems fine. Anthonys editing and Muthurajs art direction seem adequate. The adaptation of the hilarious balatkar speech is quite enjoyable in the Tamil version as well.
If comparisons are avoided, it is a decent timepass flick. If you want to feel really good, then watch the original again.