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Directed by : Venkat Prabhu

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Studio Green presents "Biriyani" - an upcoming Tamil film written and directed by Venkat Prabhu. Starring Karthi, Hansika, Premji Amaren, Ramki, Nasser and others. Yuvan Shankar Raja's 100th Film.


“Venkat Prabhu's Biriyani is a cheesy entertainer with rich visuals. Karthi and Premji's performances are the major asset for the film. Watch it!!!!”

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A Starchy Meal

| by Rajiv Menon |
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Too many twists in a tale can sometime kill the fun for the viewers and it's applicable to Biriyani, which definitely is better than Karthi's last three outings, but despite entertaining doesn't hit the bull's eye. It's a quintessential Venkat Prabhu film that works on pretty much the same narrative format he has been using over the years. Even though Biriyani is a sumptuous meal it gets starchy with unwanted ingredients such as romance and songs. With shorter and tighter narration, it could have been an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

Karthi and Premgi are seen jumping off an unfinished bridge in the opening scene of the film. This not so unusual opening for a Tamil film and that immediately caught my attention but it didn't last long because Premgi gets into the storyteller mode and tells us what brought them to that instant. In the flashback, we come to learn that when Karthi and Premgi go in search of a Biriyani joint in the middle of a night, they set in motion events that changed their lives forever. What were the events and how were they unfolded? This forms the rest of the story.

Venkat Prabhu is known for including comedy wisely into his narrative and he is a champion at that. He has done that in films such as Chennai 600028, Saroja and Mankatha, and it worked in his favour but not this time. While the first half is fairly entertaining, the second half that's supposed to be engaging and tension-inducing has spurts of humour that kills the spirit of the film. I can understand that he did that to keep the audience entertained but doing it in the most important scenes of the film almost kills the fun.

Biriyani is a tried-and-tested style of storytelling and Venkat has an obsession for it. There are far too many twists in the second half and it makes you restless because you're under assumption that there are more. I loved Mankatha and Saroja because they had one giant twist that took the audience by surprise, and therefore, it was embraced by one and all. In Biriyani, it's exactly the opposite and that I think is the film's biggest weakness.

While the performance of Karthi and Premgi was entertaining, the presence of too many characters turned out to be a distraction. Ramki in his comeback role doesn't quite impress while talented actors such as Sampath and Jayaprakash were totally wasted.

Biriyani may revive Karthi's career but it definitely is Venkat Prabhu's best effort. Saroja, Mankatha and Biriyani have a commonality and that'll be proof to the fact that the film lacked some creative push.

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