All in All Azhaguraja is the 4th comedy entertainer from director
Rajesh and this time it is Karthi teaming up with the 'Comedy Superstar'
Santhanam. The movie is expected to continue the director's enviable
run so far.
The movie follows the regular
Rajesh 'family entertainer' template and it tries to offer maximum
laughs to the audience for the price of their ticket money. Can
Santhanam manage to lift the fortunes of yet another Rajesh movie?
Karthi plays Raja, the head of a local cable channel while Santhanam
plays Kalyanam, his employee, side-kick and 'Man Friday' rolled into
one. Raja falls for 'Chitra' Devi Priya, a stubborn young woman with
dreams of making it as an artist, come what may. The rest of the movie
is obviously about how he gets her hand, with a few odds stacked against
From 'Nanben Da' in Boss to 'Factu
Factu' in OKOK, Santhanam's one-liners in Rajesh's movies are always on
the mark. Here it is 'Oh Ho Na Na' and though it sounds funny, the
comedian overuses it.
Karthi and Santhanam
have shared good vibes in movies like Siruthai and Saguni but here the
magic isn't to be seen regularly. But the way they address each other
officially as 'MD Sir' and 'Officer Sir', stands out. Santhanam is still
a show stealer whenever he is on screen. Such is the variety of
expressions on his visage.
Kota Srinivasa Rao, M.S.Bhaskar and Naren showcase their comedic
abilities while Saranya Ponvannan continues to get typecast. This role
offers nothing to meet her outstanding abilities. Prabhu plays Karthi's
dad with typical authority and confidence.
Though the 80s flashback is intentionally over-the-top, Karthik's body
language and voice modulation as the junior Prabhu is commendable. The
actor sure has put in the efforts. Santhanam shines as the Kaali Annan,
reminding us of the legendary Suruli Rajan. Karthi and Santhanam's
makeover and efforts are appreciable, and the references to the popular
movies of that era and particularly Superstar Rajini, will make you
Karthi eases through his role. His
dancing skills have improved noticeably and he looks handsome and fit.
The addition of a needless little heroism element to the interval
segment sticks out sorely.
looks simple, charming and carries off her ethnic costumes very well,
thanks to her slender and shapely frame. All her efforts to learn dance
under the tutoring of M.S.Bhaskar offer a few enjoyable moments in the
second half. In the same way, when she confidently goes about singing in
the most untrained and unpleasant manner possible, Karthi's reactions
are hilarious. Towards the end, Kajal, Karthi and Naren are involved in a
little 'passing the parcel' exercise where Kajal is caught between her
lover and dad, as they try to convince her about her future.
Thaman's numbers such as 'Yaarukkum Sollama', 'Unnai Partha' and 'All
in All' sound good, and his background score for Santhanam's Kareena
Chopra portions are delightful. Speaking of Kareena Chopra, Santhanam's
elaborate makeover, costumes and props are authentic to say the least.
The length of the movie works against it and with the absence of scenes
which will make you roll over in boisterous laughter, the movie could
have used some trimming. Though the laughs are spread across a few
moments, when AAA is pitted against Rajesh's other wholesome
'laughathons' such as OKOK and Boss, it falls way short.