Hara Hara Mahadevaki – Tamil Movie Review

Gautham Karthik and Nikki Galrani’s adult comedy outing that has the quirky title Hara Hara Mahadevaki (HHMD) is directed by debutant Santhosh P Jayakumar. Has this adult comedy tickled a funny bone?

When you enter a cinema hall to witness a 2-hour long film based on adult jokes, it means you are in to get entertained. HHMD which is based on the popular WhatsApp Swamiji has little actually to do with this segment. It only forms a part of the film which has a casting done just to make people laugh.

The cast apart from Gautham and Nikki includes the usual combination of Motta Rajendran, Karunakaran aided by Bala Saravanan. It also has RK Suresh playing a cop and Manobala in a cameo. The usual likes of Motta Rajendran and Karunakaran are funny in portions, and the double meaning jokes strike a chord occasionally.

As for performances, Gautham Karthik fits his role of a happy go lucky guy in love and running a funeral service business. Nikki Galrani has little scope for performance. The combination of Motta Rajendran and Karunakaran is usual, and only a few of their jokes are funny this time. It also gives us the feeling that the comedy artists have become a little overexposed.

The film’s first half takes time actually to start and is a bit slower than the second half. A lot of the jokes also don’t click among audiences in this half that takes its own time to set in. Placement of songs, not very appealing jokes make it the draggy of the two halves.

However, the second half of HHMD has mindless double meaning jokes that might leave watchers in splits. Especially, the scenes involving the snakes and bags are the highlight and the last 30 minutes are very enjoyable. If the entire film had the same strike rate of good jokes, HHMD would have been an extremely entertaining movie.

The narration begins pretty well in the voice that went viral but gets hampered by the pace and the time that has been taken by director Santosh P Jayakumar to introduce his characters. There is not much logic that you would want to look into but the humour factor is what you would be concerned about.

There is nothing much to complain about the technical aspects but nothing alarmingly impressive. Cinematography by SK Selvakumar is attractive in a couple of songs and typical throughout the rest of the film. People might enjoy a couple of numbers by music director Balamurali Balu, especially the title song.

The entire picture might not seem all that appealing, but HHMD has its funny moments and some double meaning jokes that work out pretty well. The last half an hour and the climax block are thoroughly entertaining, but the first half could have had more such elements created to keep audiences hooked to the screen. Though the target audiences might get entertained, one would feel the director could have explored the adult comedy genre more.

Verdict: It’s a clear adults only movie, if you switch off the logical expectations, HHMD is enjoyable.

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