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Lingesan (Vikram) is a bodybuilder from a small town in Tamil Nadu, who dreams of winning the Mr India title for bodybuilding. Besides dumbbells, his only other love is Arnold Schwarzenegger supermodel Diya (Amy Jackson).

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Life throws up a pleasant surprise to our sweet little simpleton. After winning the Mr Tamil Nadu contest for his perfect physique, he bags plum modelling assignments. Lo and behold, Lingesan gets a chance to model with Diya.

How does he make such a transformation into a handsome hunk god knows. Well, the ruling male supermodel John (Upen Patel) is a chauvinistic pig. When Diya refuses to sleep with him, he threatens to blacklist her. But Diya outsmarts him – she befriends the local bodybuilder, rechristens him Lee and takes him to China on a commercial shoot.

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The otherwise shy guy turns into a charismatic screen icon. In his journey to fame and money,

Lee makes more than a few enemies. An irate bodybuilder at his local gym, John – the model whose position he usurped, an egotistic advertising guru whom he offended with his principles, a gay makeup artiste whose advances he spurned – all of them want Lingesan dead. They disfigure his face, steal his love.

This is a fairy tale that is told by Shankar (the maker of magnum opuses like Indian, Sivaji-The Boss and Enthiran- Robot) on a grandiose canvas. Shot mesmerisingly by PC Sreeram on virgin locales in China and India, with world class CG work, this spectacle works because at the core, it’s a romantic-thriller told simplistically.

 

While the waif-like Amy looks mesmerising, Vikram bowls you over with┬áhis performance whether he is handsome or disfigured. Santhanam provides the perfect comic relief. The first fight in a local gymnasium and the BMX bike fight on Chinese rooftops are an adrenaline fix. This is pure escapist fare but will resonate with those who read fairy tales at bed time. The second half of the movie resembles the movie” Beauty and the Beast” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Director Shankar could have made a smaller movie in a much lower budget┬áthan the 100 crores,┬áwhich is wasted in locales and props and prosthetics.┬á┬áA. R. Rahman’s music has good background scores but simple and boring songs. P. C. Sreerams camerawork commendable

Rating:  3

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