Karthi's "Biriyani" has received positive reviews from critics.
"Biriyani" is a black comedy thriller written and directed by Venkat Prabhu. The film has Karthi appearing as playboy Sugan, while Premgi Amaren dons the role of Parasuram, who is his close friend since childhood.
Sugan and Parasuram work at an automobile showroom. Sugan has the habit of eating biriyani after enjoying drinks. One night, after having drinks, the friends set out in search of biriyani. Their search for one plate of biriyani changes their lives forever. The duo gets involved in a murder mystery and how they clear their names forms the crux of the story.
Critics have appreciated director Venkat Prabhu for coming out with a pacy screenplay. Although "Biriyani" has a wafer thin storyline, the director has treated it in a way to provide wholesome entertainment to the audience, say the critics.
They have also appreciated the performances of the lead actors Karthi and Premgi Amaren. They believe that "Biriyani" will resurrect Karthi's slugging career following two back-to-back flops this year.
On the downside, the film has some minor glitches. However, "Biriyani" has all commercial elements such as comedy, suspense, action, glamour and music, which makes the film a delicious treat to watch.
Apart from Karthi and Premgi, "Biriyani" has Hansika, Mandy Takhar, Nassar, Jaiprakash, Sampath, Uma Riaz Khan, Subbu Panchu and Ramki in pivotal roles. "Biriyani" is special for music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja as it is his 100th album. The film is produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja under Studio Green banner. Cinematography is handled by Sakthi Saravanan, whereas editing is done by N. B. Srikanth and Praveen K. L. Actor Jai has done a cameo appearance in the film.
Ajith fans will be in for a special treat in "Biriyani." The "Mankatha" song has been used in the film as a tribute to Ajith.
Behindwoods Review Board says, "Screen play of Venkat Prabhu is pacy and the director keeps his cards close to the chest for a larger part of the film only to keep the audience guessing till the climax. The writing is crisp, the lines are funny and the audiences are taken through a fun and suspense ride in Biriyani."
"To encapsulate, Venkat Prabhu's 'Biriyani' while adhering to the director's recipe, has humor, suspense, music, action and glamour in delectable portions resulting in a delicious product."
Indiaglitz says, "Venkat Prabhu's movies portray a volley of characters and giving importance to every single of them is something that is special and close to his heart. Here Karthi and Premji steal the limelight with their timing comedy all over, however the rest of the villains, sidekicks and some cameo appearances by Jai, Arvind also makes you wonder how this guy is able to make amends meet. Through the first half the ingredients make up a commercial pot boiler and the build up to the story is slow and steady."
"Final say, the last 20 minutes serves the twist in the tale, and round of applause to the director to have correlated the events of 2 hours in the final climax."
S Saraswathi of rediff says, "Though the film takes its own sweet time to get a move on, once it gathers momentum, there is no stopping till the end, where there is an exciting climax, as well as an anticlimax, in typical Venkat Prabhu style."
Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu says, "What starts off as a fun ride that's at time pointless and mundane redeems itself as the plot thickens and more players are involved. There's a lot to like about Biriyani. The scene where Karthi wins the confidence of Nasser by reeling out flattering anecdotes of his early days, with help from Premgi who is reading it off the web, is a hoot."
"All the characters and incidents that show up randomly have a part to play in the mystery. The director untangles the mesh quite well and keeps you involved in connecting the dots."
Raja Satish of desimartini says, "The first half of the film never gives an inkling of a thriller. It fills the air with comedy and romance and just when the film is inching towards the interval the film shifts gears and slips into a thriller zone. The second half is where the entire core lies in. Many creative 'black comedy' elements hit you in the face. Even a sad situation was not spared to tickle the funny bone. The director rewrites an unwritten rule that comic episodes can be built with many characters. Here, he uses only two characters in problematic surroundings to bring the house down."
Verdict: Delicious Entertainer