I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage, said Gandhiji. It
wouldn't be tough for you to get convinced after this flick that Arjun would not
see eye to eye with the father. Firstly, father didn't have an action king image
to live up to. Secondly, father didn't have a marriage and a movie to save - it
was just a nation. Thirdly, father didn't have to do anything dramatic to attract
audiences - they were willing to pay with their lives for him, which, you'll agree,
are worth more than Rs. 25 apiece.
And so, this tale of dealing with marital discord has Arjun demonstrating a lot
of the concepts of violence in a bid to give shape to his idea of pragmatic filmmaking.
My fans come to see me fight, okay?
To Ladies And Gentlemen begins with Vijay (Arjun) displaying his karate skills
(actually an overkill in this context) in Vizag to save Sanjay (Vineeth) from
a bunch of goons. To show his gratitude, Sanjay asks Vijay to stay at his home
for a few days (Vijay is on his way to his home in Hyderabad from Vizag).
Here Vijay comes to know about the quarrel between Sanjay and his wife Anita over
a very trivial issue that results in the couple trying to get divorced. Now the
Indian Penal Code demands that couples should live together for at least one year
after marriage before they can appear in the court for a divorce, and so the couple
is very eagerly awaiting the completion of one year of their marriage, so they
can go their separate ways.
This is where Vijay decides to step in, and with the help of Govindaswamy (Goundamani),
Sanjay's friend-cum-servant, tries to set things right. This he does by telling
the couple about his own love story with Sita (Sakshi) and how they got married,
and explains to them how sacred the relationship of a husband and wife is. Several
supposedly ideal couples are brought in to illustrate the point that Vijay is
trying to make. And several inane fight sequences and emotional scenes later,
the couple discover their love for each other.
Unwittingly, Govindaswami comes to know that Vijay was in fact unmarried and had
lost his love in an accident on the day of his marriage, and that the whole love
story of his was just a figment of his imagination that was aimed at bringing
Sanjay and Anita together. The movie ends with Vijay extracting a promise from
Govindswami that the secret will be never revealed, and then riding away into
the proverbial sunset.
To begin with, this film is a dubbed version of a Tamil movie, and the dubbing
job is plain bad. Then, the director Arjun tries to put forth a much beaten topic,
that of the sacredness of marriage, differently, but that's too much of a challenge
for him. And like we said, he seems to be more concerned about his action king
image and keeps beating up baddies who appear needlessly. With the thin storyline
the movie has to rely majorly on screenplay, which is insufficient here to save
it. The saving grace is the picturization of the songs, with some very good locations
being brought in to use.
With Sakshi playing her role of wallflower to perfection, Vineeth doing his regular
job of a loser and Arjun just flexing his muscles, the performances are best forgotten.
The comedy, but for few jarring and irritating moments, is okay, though, with
Goundamani doing a decent job.
The music director seems to have a lot of belief in the law of averages - he's
put in as many songs as possible hoping that at least a few will turn out well.
Well, the law has betrayed him. There is also a very bad and unnecessary rip-off
of the video of the latest hit single of Bon Jovi, "It's My Life".
You'll feel like doing a lot of bashing up yourself after watching this, so stay
away and stay safe.