When Lollu Sabha was being played on a popular TV Channel, people tuned in to watch two things; one for Santhanam‘s timely one-liners slash counters, and the second for the dialogues slash intelligent leg-pullers or to say trolls. After a decade long time they have come together for a full fledged film and yet the energy level is still intact, barring the first few initial dull moments, Dhilluku Dhuddu is an enjoyable horror entertainer.
Dhilluku Dhuddu is a fine addition to a slew of horror-comedies that we have been observing constantly in Tamil Cinema but what makes the film stand out is the new concept of Reel ghosts vs Real Ghosts that is accentuated into the film, especially in the second half with complete fun and the way the director Rambhala is able to extract neat performances from the cast. Dhilluku Dhuddu is well built on a strong pillar of comedy sequences that dominate
the narration. The film is yet another typical tamil hor-com which has more comedy than horror.
The story is all about two childhood friends played by Santhanam and Shanaya who fall in love with each other but the girl’s father being a rich businessman tries to separate them due to economic status. With the help of a henchman Rajendran, he sets a plan to finish off Santhanam in the haunted house. What follows next forms the crux of the movie.
Rambhala who is well known for his comical spoof show Lollu Sabba, hasn’t disappointed the audience and as usual as the director’s storytelling demands a huge cast & crew and the responsibility to provide screen-space for each has turned out to be a challenge. To script a plot on horror subject, the directors are taking the easy way of pushing the screenplay with comedy with a good dose of gimmicky sound effects supported by CG. It assures them with a money-back guarantee and Rambala and Co are no exception here. The concept is rather done and dusted; even then, the director needs a pat on the back for weaving out a neat entertainer from the hat.
Santhanam shines(literally, as the crew’s efforts to make him look like a hero becomes obvious). Coming back to his performance, yes, he shines with his dialogue deliveries and body language. He sure knows how to leave your sides split.The film is peppered with his usual witty one-liners, there seems to be a subtle effort not to appear comical in every scene. Interestingly, the romantic angle pushes forward to the horror element and there is not much for Shanaya to do, except look pretty. Her lip sync and make-up leaves a lot to be desired. On the other hand, the host of comedians like TM Karthik, Karunaas, Anand Raj, Saurab Shukla have chipped in perfectly and do their part to the best. But it is Naan Kadavul Rajendran who brings the roof down with his typical body language.
Having said that, the film boasts of rich production values. Cinematographer Gopi’s work is top grade where he creates the perfect ambiance for this horror comedy and the background score by composer Karthik Raja is just as impressive while Thaman’s songs are mere speed breakers. Editing work and VFX go hand in hand which is another high point of the film. Art direction and costumes need a special mention which are a treat to our eyes.
The wafer thin story line stretched too far, the songs and a weird heroine who struggles with her tamil contribute to the negative aspects. However, there is a certain wackiness to the narrative and the absurd characters that makes this film a tolerable watch.
To conclude, the film is another passable horror fare from Santhanam with plenty dose of comedy. If you can overlook the flat first half, ‘Dhilluku Dhuddu’ will definitely tickle your funny bone, but you also need a bit of patience to witness real ghosts come along at the fag end of the film.
Our Rating – 2.75/5