Well yet another remake from the stable of Priyadarshan...hmm,well when did he make anything original in Hindi!!! however there is no denying the fact that he has mastered the art of copying which is palatable for the North Indians. Coming to the movie...it goes without saying that just like any other remakes (except for Hungama)...it fails to live upto the original "Vellanakalude Nadu". The plot is just the same with a few comedy scenes lifted from "Friends"..(Priyan has been doing that in every Hindi flick).
Akshay has done a good job,though certainly nowhere near the stalwart Mohanlal. Akshay does his comedy pretty well...though he wasnt convincing at all as the college dude & also he seems to be shouting the dialogues a bit too much .
Actually the whole movie comes hard on your ear drums as many of the actors are just harping the dialogues. Trisha isnt impressive at all... with her dialogue delivery being pretty mediocre & in the initial parts there is no lip sync also. Rajpal Yadav (as Jagadish) was impressive while Johnny Lever (as Pappu) was a damp squid. Asrani (actually plays the role of Sankaradi & Janardhanan from Friends) was able to tickle the funny bone. Makrand Deshpande (as Sreenivasan) has definitely been wasted & so is Tinnu Anand. Urvashi Sharma (as Lizy) doesnt have much to do while Kulbhusham Kharbhanda (as Thikurushi) was first rate & has essayed his role in a much more imposing way.
Verdict: In short..its a one time watch.. but dont watch it holding the original in comparison..Though the critics have trashed the movie..I guess it will run, after all movies like Housefull & Welcome were mega hits!!!