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Goa Movie Review.

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Soundarya Rajinikanth should be appreciated for avoiding a predictable, contrived formula plot and choosing a bold theme for her maiden production venture.

Though Venkat Prabhu's third outing doesn't match his earlier ones, Goa does have its moments.

The story begins in a village Pannaipuram (Venkat Prabhu's native place) near Madurai, where Saamikannu (Premgi Amaran), Vinayagam(Jai) and Ramarajan (Vaibhav) are friends.
The trio does nothing besides indulging in mendacious activities. The irked villagers decide to teach them a lesson and the panchayat chief orders that the three irritating chaps should be separated for the peace of the village.

They rob the temple jewellery and run away to Madurai to meet one of their friends, Azhagar.

When they discover that the friend has married a foreigner whom he met in Goa and is leaving soon for London, they set off for Goa looking for rich foreigners whom they can marry and settle down with abroad.

When they reach the land of sun, sand, surf and sexy women, they meet a cou ple of gay restaurateurs Jack (Arvindh Akash) and Danny (Sampath) who run a resort and help the trio out. Roshini (Piaa bajpai) a singer at the resort falls for Vinayagam. Meanwhile Jesika (Melony), a white woman who'd met Saami earlier at a Madurai wedding, bumps into him in Goa and falls in love with him. Ramarajan's life also takes a new turn when he meets Suhasini Fernando (Sneha), a millionaire who owns a gambling spot called Casino Royale. With the help of Jack and Danny, the village bumpkins get an image makeover. The rest of the film, narrated in a hilarious way, is about whether they succeed in their devious plans to marry rich gals.

Venkat Prabhu's brother Premgi's role has an edge over the others. He utilizes it fully and plays to his strength. Equally impressive are Jai and Vaibhav. Jai with his broken English dialect evokes laughter every now and then.

While Arvindh Akash does a neat job, it is Sampath in the unconventional role of a gay guy who is a revelation. None of the three girls have any great bearing on this male-dominated movie. Sneha, attempting an image makeover by playing a bold character, carries off the role with ease and Piya is promising. The problem with the film is its weak script -- one can hardly find a story in it. For how long can we watch the boys constantly running behind bikini-clad women?
In the second half, the story meanders aimlessly. What needs to be appreciated is his attempt to portray a homosexual relationship in a mainstream film. He has pulled it off with plenty of humour, but avoided mockery.


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