Ennodu Vilayadu (English: Play with Me) is a 2017 Indian Tamil thriller film written and directed by Arun Krishnaswami. The film features an ensemble cast of Bharath, Kathir, Sanchita Shetty and Chandini Tamilarasan in the lead roles, with Radha Ravi and Yog Japee in supporting roles. Featuring music composed by newcomer Moses and Sudharshan M. Kumar, Ennodu Vilayadu was released on 17 February 2017.
The film opens creating some expectations as we meet Bharath, who works for a construction company and is in heavy debts as he is a horse punter who loses because of fixing by the big guns. He meets Chandini Tamilarasan and it is love at first sight. On the other hand Kathir lands in Chennai and goes to stay at a house recommended by a friend where, to his surprise he finds that it’s a girl Sanchitha Shetty. Later in the story we learn that Sanchitha needs forty five lakhs to retrieve her house from a bank loan. Bharath plans a getaway with fifty lakhs of bribe money that horse owner Radha Ravi pays to another owner Yog Jaypee to fix a race. The money lands in Kathir’s car and this leads to a collision of all the characters and what happens next is the rest of the screenplay. It is sad to see Bharath struggling with a non existent script mouthing inane and clichéd dialogues to Chandini, his friends and just about everyone. We hope he gets his big break when the Mahesh Babu-ARM film arrives. Kathir is spoken about as a very promising hero, but there is nothing to showcase his talents here and in his case too we probably have to wait for ‘Sigai’ or ‘Vikram Veda’. Both the heroines Chandini and Sanchitha have handled their clichéd roles with some grace. Radha Ravi, Yog Jaypee and the rest of the cast walk in and out of frames without creating any sort of impact.
The saving grace of ‘Ennodu Vilayadu’ is the neat camera work by Yuva while the rest of the technical work is passable. Moses and Sudarshan M Kumar are credited with the songs and bgm which are not bad. Director Arun Krishnaswamy has tried horse races as the core subject, but when we come out of the theaters, we are as clueless about the little known sport as we were before. We sit up expecting some novelty when Kathir and Sanchitha are shown as roommates, but the treatment of their relationship is very ordinary. A film in this genre can escape if it is fast paced or thrilling, but this one is neither.
Directed by Arun Krishnaswami
Produced by Sridhar Krishnaswami, Narendran Kandasamy, Reji K. Sivamangalam
Written by Arun Krishnaswami
Starring Bharath, Kathir, Chandini Tamilarasan, Sanchita Shetty
Music by A. Moses & Sudharshan M. Kumar
Edited by Gopi Krishna
Production Toronto Reels & Reyan Studios
Release date 17 February 2017
Running time 106 minutes