Biriyani (2013)
Movie: Biryani (U/A)
Cast: Karthi, Hansika Motwani, Premgi Amaren, Ramki, Mandy Takhar
Direction: Venkat Prabhu
Producer: K E Gnanavel Raja
Banner: Studio Green
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Run Time: 149 Mins
Release Date: 20 Dec 2013

Biriyani (2013)

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Director Venkat Prabhu, who is known for offbeat entertainers like Chennai 28, Saroja and the mega hit Mankatha, is back with a dark comedy called Biriyani. The film stars which stars Karthi and Hansika Motwani in lead roles was released in Telugu and Tamil versions on December 20, 2013 in India and across the world.

Produced by Gnanavelraja’s Studio Green, the film has all the ingredients of a Venkat Prabhu film. The sheer number of characters in an offbeat story with its unpredictable twists, liberally laced with humour and flavoured with great music makes Biriyani a well-packaged treat for the viewers.

Karthi, who seems to have had a style makeover with his trendy clothes, new hairstyle and coloured eye lens, plays the role of a casanova, Sugan. Despite having a gorgeous girlfriend, a media reporter, Priyanka (Hansika), Sugan flirts with all the pretty women he meets and they too, are besotted by him.

Premgi Amaren is his usual quirky self as Parasu, Sugan’s childhood friend, are employees at an automobile showroom! Their company is planning to start a new outlet at Ambur, and this new branch is to be inaugurated by Varatharajan (Nassar), one of the top 10 businessmen in the city.

Meanwhile, Varatharajan and his son-in-law Ramakrishnan (Ramki) are embroiled in a granite scam, that is making the headlines. Priyanka Sharma (Hanska) is a TV reporter who is covering the news, and Riaz Ahmed (Sampath) is the investigating officer for the scam! At the inaugural function, Sugan gets to interview Varatharajan, who is so impressed by the young man that he is willing to offer his second daughter in marriage to him. However, the elder son-in-law Ramakrishnan opposes this. On the return journey, Sugan insists that they stop at a roadside eatery for biryani, his weakness.

Sugan, who took to enjoying a drink right from his 11th standard, has the peculiar habit of eating Biriyani at any costs after drinking. After enjoying a night out drinking with his friend Parasuram, the duo set off in search of Biriyani, and end up at a resort where they meet the spicy Maya (Mandy Takhar)! Unable to resist the temptation, Sugan and Parasu accompany her and after several glasses of alcohol. After a sizzling hot dance with this seductress Sugan passes out, they are totally disoriented and before they know it, only to awake the next day all alone inside his car, in a faraway ground and they are being hunted by the police for the murder of Varatharajan. While trying to piece together the events of the past night, he can only remember upto meeting Maya!

What actually happened in the hotel room and how Sugan and Parasu get out of this mess, forms the rest of the story.

Biriyani (2013), 6.3 out of 10 based on 1049 ratings


  1. India Glitz
    December 20, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Throw away the excess meat and watch, Biryani is slurp slurp!

    Venkat Prabhu’s movies sport a theme and he somehow sticks hard to the storyline and the theme complimenting each other, Biryani is no different where a simple search for a meal makes two friends run out of fear, murder, action and what not.

    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.

    There are so many instances all over the second half which is quite enjoyable! After an effective first half, the scenes and plot gets predictable! Well that’s what you think! Like how Vivek says “Anga vacharuya Director twist”, Venkat prabhu begs to differ!

    Karthi sizzles in the playboy character and the ease of his character is quite evident! Premji, the man is a comedy massacre but sadly his potential is open only in his brother’s movies, a character etched in a way you might feel sorry for, but totally enjoyable! The first half is cooked with nut cracks and fun, whereas the second half screams with rapid screenplay.

    Hansika is not just the usual heroine who runs behind the hero, and a little shape in her character with her bubbliness helps! Rests of the cast have no problems. Venkat is quite clear on his target audience and the pot boils with commercial intention all over.

    The music though is notable, doesn’t actually live up to the expectations of Yuvan’s 100th film, partially the reason is due to the song placement. The BGM though apart from few scenes is just about. There are minor glitches in this movie like the double meaning crackers, little glamour and so on, however as said earlier.. minor!

    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.

  2. Mohan K (Galatta)
    December 20, 2013, 10:35 pm

    Biriyani, is one savoury treat! Go grab your share!

    A lot of hard work and thought seems to have gone into the scripting of the movie. We get to see a totally new Karthi in Biriyani, all thanks to Venkat Prabhu and stylist Vasuki Baskar. The first half goes at a sedate pace, while the second half picks up speed with twists and turns!

    Ramki makes a stunning comeback and is sure to have a successful second innings in Kollywood. Veterans Jayaprakash, Nassar, Sampath and Uma Riaz Khan breeze through their roles!

    Sakthi Saravanan’s cinematography needs a special mention! The man who has hit a century with this movie – Yuvan, holds centre stage! Yuvan’s background score for the climax sequence keeps the pulse-racing. The editing duo of Praveen and Srikanth has come up with another ace. They have kept the movie slick and crisp.

  3. Behindwoods
    December 20, 2013, 10:39 pm

    Karthi-Premji duo makes this Venkat Prabhu diet taste yummy

    Very typical of Venkat Prabhu, comedy pervades in the most serious of situations and one can’t help admiring the director’s dexterity in this segment.

    There is almost a battalion of supporting cast in the form of Jaiprakash, a much beefed up Sampath, Uma Riaz Khan, Nasser, Ramki, Vijayalakshmi, Subbu Panchu and Madhumitha. And a ‘blink and miss’ appearance of Jai also gets noticed with a cheeky statement of the director. Mandy Thaker is her seductive best and Hansika is her ravishing self.

    Much has been said about Yuvan’s tracks whose popularity tells it all about their success. Cinematographer Sakthi Saravanan’s understanding of his director has resulted in the right kind of angles and mischievous lighting and the cameraman makes a cameo with a comical statement to Karthi in the hospital.

    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.

  4. Rediff
    December 20, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Biriyani is well made and a fun-filled thriller

    The number of characters in the film is sure to make your head spin. Besides Premgi, there are several other regulars of a Venkat Prabhu film, who either play a supporting role or make a cameo appearance.

    Sampath Raj plays Riyaz Ahmad, a CBI officer; Jayaprakash is the Commissioner of Police, Nithin Sathya and Sam Anderson play Sugan’s friends, Uma Riyaz Khan, Subbu Panchu and Ramki play important roles.

    Hansika is forgettable while Uma Riyaz Khan gives an excellent performance.

    Venkat Prabhu also continues his association with cousin Yuvan Shankar Raja, and incidentally this is Yuvan’s 100th album as a music director. The highlight is the motivational song Edhirthu Nil sung by popular contemporary music directors, D Imman, G V Prakash, S Thaman and Vijay Antony.

    On the downside, the film has a slow first half, and too many flashback scenes. Premgi is also getting repetitive and boring.

    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.

  5. mathan
    December 21, 2013, 7:38 am

    mokkai, remix of many movies, especially “The Hangover”

  6. krishna
    December 21, 2013, 7:41 am

    Karthi looks like a middle aged man, he has put on lot of weight.

    And too much of glamour in first half. Venkat prabhu seems to have little story, which he decided to put in second half. altogether, it is a below average experience.

  7. ram
    December 21, 2013, 7:45 am

    Behindwoods, Galatta, India Gliz seems to have got lump of money from StudioGreen for writing Positive reviews on the movie.

    Movie is below average and Karthi should take a break from Cinema.

  8. michael
    December 21, 2013, 7:48 am

    Tasteless biryani, Media is providing false reviews on the movie. The movie yucks.

  9. sam
    December 23, 2013, 2:09 pm

    nice thriller.. :)

  10. sri
    December 23, 2013, 2:12 pm

    venkat prabhu diet…

  11. ashwin
    January 20, 2014, 3:02 pm

    the worst tamil movie in years (quarter cutting was the worst , i guess in my lifetime) .
    Copy of hangover and venkat prabhu ,who’s movies used to have a great story and twist is overshadowed by his need for glamour and worthless actors like karthi .. hes looks like a bloody mama (doesnt have a great physique and even his acting is not even on par with premgi’s ) ..
    family audiences please stay away from this mokkai movie or you”ll blindfolding your child (bcos there’s nothing in this film except a so called HOT song and dumb action sequences ) .
    LOL i learnt a lesson – to abstain from films of karthi and brother surya .. please guys make a realistic films instead and please don’t waste the time of moviegoers..

  12. Madousoudanane
    February 9, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Good good good

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