The story begins in a college campus. Karthik (Shiv Pandit) is a happy-go-lucky guy and loves to flirt with women. Karunai Malar (Mansi) who is also a student of the same college develops an aversion towards him as she believes that he is hitting on two of her close friends.
A few years later, the two end up working for the same company but in different departments. Karthik falls head over heels in love with Malar, at the very first sight. But considering that she hates the very mention of his name, he introduces himself as Sundar. The two then begin to date but issues begin to crop up. What happens next forms the crux of the film.
Shiv Pandit, Manasi, Santhanam
Leelai by debutant director Andrew Louis is a different take on the age old theme love. The director has the guts and creativity to deviate from the usual path and has come out with an interesting and entertaining plot. Louis has managed to make it a breezy and sophisticated movie thanks to his grip on the medium. Set against the backdrop of the IT industry in Chennai the movie speaks about urban love.
It begins as a campus movie with all its fun. The later half deals with the nuances of relationship and the way life makes people rethink their proclaimed stand. The director has portrayed the shades of relationship in a mature fashion and has also shown some sophistication in the way it has been handled.
The scenes that lead to climax pale in comparison with the overall movie. Had the director given some extra care to this portion, the movie would have been an excellent one. The dialogues are quite realistic and effective.
Shiv Pandit and Manasi have made a decent debut. Their chemistry is one of the movie's biggest strong points.
Santhanam makes an entry when the story seems to sag and ensures smooth flow with his smart and sharp one- liners.
Music by Satish Chakravarthy is good but the placement of the songs is disappointing. Velraj’s camera work gives the movie the perfect urban look.
Leelai by a debutant director and debutant actors hadn’t created any pre-release hype or expectations. But the movie has come out as a fresh experience with its sophistication and different treatment. The movie has all potential to woo the audience though it doesn’t have any tags attached to it.