He has essayed comic roles in quite a few films. But he could never really leave an impact, like he had done in Kadhal, his debut film. And now Sukumar apart from playing one of the lead roles, dons the director’s hat in Thiruttu VCD. And not surprisingly he has chosen the comic-genre for his launch vehicle.
In a plot that involves a road trip, he tries to weave in action and humour. But unfortunately neither the action works nor the humour. The best part of the film is its title. The VCD in it is an acronym of the names of its three lead characters. One only wishes that some of the imagination that had worked in selecting the title, had gone into the scripting of the film too.
Vinod, a petty conman, gets into big time when he is promised a huge amount of money to smuggle an idol from Tuticorn to Chennai. It is a few breezy early moments where Vinod (debutant Prabha) is shown in his con acts. The youngster decides he would call it quits after the deal is completed.
Calling up his two old friends Chinna and Dilli, one a roadside vendor of idols, the other a self-styled model coordinator, Vinod hatches a plan. A TV actress (Devadarshini) and a small-time model too are hired for the act. They would pose as a family travelling to a place of pilgrimage. Bringing out the idol from a godown is a smooth operation. Though not much excitement in these moments, they are at least watchable.
It is in the return journey that the happenings turn intolerable. The screenplay takes a nosedive, never to recover. The comic acts turn juvenile and moronic. It’s a noisy free-for-all, the actors playing to the gallery most of the time. And in such a scenario, hero Prabha’s low-key act hardly gets noticed. Senthil makes a dramatic entry towards the end, but his presence hardly helps matters. Sakshi, after the initial early moments of being shown as Vinod’s girl friend working in a café, disappears for the most part when the gang takes to the road. As a compensation of sorts she gets a dream song almost towards the end of the narration, and an ace up her sleeve to flaunt. But by then it’s too late for the damage to be undone.