Two long-time friends, on their way back to Chennai from the inauguration of the Ambur branch of their employer go in search of Biriyani on the highway & things get spiced up when they meet a hot woman and escort her to the resort she stays in. The next day they see themselves in the midst of the murder of a top businessman in the same room! The hangover from the night doesn’t help from their being victims of circumstances as police hunt them & things get nasty when the families are pulled into the imbroglio as the two run for their lives trying to solve the puzzle.
Running Time:
149 mins
Release date:
20 December 2013
Directed by:
Venkat Prabhu
Produced by:
K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Written by:
Venkat Prabhu
Hansika Motwani
Premgi Amaren
Mandy Takhar
Music by:
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Shot by:
Sakthi Saravanan
Editing by:
Praveen K. L.
N. B. Srikanth
Distributed by:
Studio Green

What’s Hot

  • Venkat Prabhu is a self-assured film-maker who has created for himself, a specific template of screenplay involving twists, comedy and action thrown in at seemingly inappropriate places, a volte face in the climax which still works with the audiences & in Biriyani, he doesn’t deviate much from that.
  • Karthi needed a break after few poor showings & in Biriyani, he does what comes naturally to him helping his way to that little break. Most of his scenes with Premgi are delightful & he emotes well as a confused man later in the film.
  • The supporting cast involving Nasser, Sampath, Ramki, Jayaprakash, Hansika, Nithin Sathya & others do their ‘kuska’ bits in sustaining the film’s pace. The model Mandy Takhar as Maya is a sumptuous leg-piece in this Biriyani.
  • Sakthi Saravanan’s work behind the lens & the editing of Praveen come to sync in the action scenes – esp, the chasing sequence with the Run for your Life in background!
  • Yuvan rises to the occasion (his own 100th film) in providing some foot-tapping numbers spread well across the film.

What’s Not

  • Venkat Prabhu films do not make complete logical sense & characters are not as serious as the proceedings would demand and if you are to find flaws in the logic, you can find as many as you please to!
  • Unlike Saroja (which, in terms of plot, is the closest he has made to this), the impact towards the climax is a lot less and the final twist too doesn’t pack as much punch as it did in Saroja & Mankatha.



Verdict Stamp

Well-cooked Ambur Biriyani, spiced up with flavours and leg pieces is good to be tasted hot, but somewhere in the end goes cold as one approaches the last few spoon-fulls.