Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal (English: The Slaves Destined To Me) is an Indian Tamil comedy drama film written and directed by Mahendran Rajamani and produced by Shan Sutharsan. The film stars Jai and Pranitha in the leading roles, while Karunakaran, Kaali Venkat and Naveen portray supporting roles. Featuring music composed by Santhosh Dhayanidhi and cinematography by Mahesh Muthuswami, the film began production during June 2016 and released on 2 February 2017.
Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal feels like a spiritual cousin to Kappal, which released a couple of years ago. In that film, we had three guys who were hell bent on breaking up the romance of their friend, and putting him in all sorts of trouble. Here, the opposite plays out — a guy’s breakup results in sheer torment for his three friends. There are other elements that feel similar — comedy that is low and broad, lines that are misogynist but passed off as humour and ‘advice’, and a tone that is jarring.
The film revolves around Krishna (Jai), an IT professional whose girlfriend Divya (Pranitha Subhash) leaves him for another guy. A heartbroken Krishna decides to commit suicide, but a counsellor (Thambi Ramaiah) tells him that he should talk to his friends to feel better. However, the three friends (Karunakaran, Kaali Venkat and Naveen George Thomas) do not take his threat seriously, and so, he goes to a lodge with the intention of killing himself. Meanwhile, his friends begin to miss him and start searching for him, fearing the worst. And during this search, they get into problems of their own. Is there an end to their nightmare?
The initial scenes of Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal almost make you regret your decision of watching the film. They are loud, unfunny and agonizingly painful (Thambi Ramaiah, especially, is unbearable). And with Jai trying hard to recreate his comic persona from Raja Rani, things look bleak. Thankfully, once the focus shifts to the plight of the friends, we get a few laughs here and there to keep us amused. But then, the director isn’t sure of how to resolve things and begins to introduce serious stuff like cold-blooded murder, imprisonment and life-threatening accident. And Rajendran turns up as Karuppu Rock, and tries hard to make us laugh. These only contribute to bloat and our patience starts to wear thin.
Directed by Mahendran Rajamani
Produced by Shan Sutharsan
Written by Mahendran Rajamani
Starring Jai, Pranitha, Karunakaran, Kaali Venkat
Music by Santhosh Dhayanidhi
Cinematography Mahesh Muthuswami
Edited by Gopi Krishna
Production Vansan Movies
Release date 2 February 2017
Running time 134 minutes