Director: S. Bhaskar
Cast: Vaibhav, Aishwarya Rajesh, Oviya, VTV Ganesh
Horror comedies are the order of the day in Tamil cinema but how effectively they are being made is a million dollar question. However, Hello Naan Pei Pesuren produced by ace humor specialist Sundar C who gave a makeover to horror genre with Aranmanai series has managed to tickle your funny bone with each scene, with debutant Bhaskar helming the affairs. The horror though is a bit lost as one is barely frightened throughout the film.
Amudhan (Vaibhav), a petty thief, falls for a girl Kavitha (Aishwarya Rajesh) after hearing her voice over the phone. Without knowing his background, Kavitha comes forward to get him a job. Amudhan even passes the tests kept by Kavitha’s brothers (VTV Ganesh and Singapore Deepan) who run a Saavu Kutthu Dance School. All seems well and suddenly, trouble starts brewing when Amudhan steals a mobile from a road accident victim. Later at midnight, he hears strange sounds and calls from the phone, which starts haunting not only him but also Kavitha and her brothers. It is Sreedevi (Oviya) who comes as a ghost through her mobile after she dies in the accident. Now, she demands that Amudhan relieve her from her haunted state and let her rest in peace. And what’s her demand?
Vaibhav does his portions well, be it his local Chennai lingo or his wild expressions while confronting the ghost. His dancing has improved tremendously as well. Aishwarya is equally impressive and her spirited Saavu Kutthu Chillaiki Dumma dance warrants mention. The story actually picks up momentum and we are in for a laugh riot after VTV Ganesh makes his screen entry. A good show by VTV Ganesh! Yogi Babu brings the roof down although he appears only in few scenes. Then there’s Singam Puli who comes as a tantric with 5 Star Rating as an exorcist. Madhumitha and Karunakaran are also part of the cast. Bhaskar’s creative idea of the latter’s narration of his flashback with Oviya in a song format is quite hilarious and enjoyable. The ghost episode begins almost towards the interval block. The second half succeeds with regular stream of laughs. On the technical front, there’s not much to boast about. Siddharth Vipin’s songs are functional and Vijay Sethupathi's crooned promo number Majja Malcha is peppy. Overlooking the logical loopholes, less spooky moments and few clichéd situations in HNPP; taking into consideration that Bhaskar’s sole intention is to make us laugh, the film is watchable once!...