Director Karthik Subbaraj production house in particular, to want to pay homage to the past. Triples chooses Crazy Mohan’s oeuvre. Ram, played by a surprisingly adept Jai, is on the verge of marrying Mythili (Madhuri MJ), after a heart-breaking divorce from Meera (Vani Bhojan). Situation has it that Meera wants to reunite with Ram. His friends Cheenu (Rajkumar), Maadhu (Vivek Prasanna) and his wife Janaki (Namita Krishnamurthy) decide to play cupid.
Triples milks the Crazy Mohan style in addition to other Tamil cinema low-hanging fruits. The lead characters Ram, Mythili, Janaki, Maadhu, Cheenu etc are all named after personalities in the Crazy Mohan universe. There is a throwback to some iconic moments all the way from Michael Madana Kama Rajan to Panchathantiram and Vasool Raja MBBS — you will soon see a bunch of YouTube videos about the “34.87 references in Triples that you may not have noticed”.
The biggest shame with Triples is that it had potential. Looking back, Triples is about modern couples: One struggling to make a baby, one suffering while raising theirs and one trying to run away from the clutches of patriarchy without money. A sharper commentary on the world and a cleverer dialogue writer could have made Triples an absolute delight of a show. The way it is now, though, I’m left with the same feeling as the woman in whose handbag Cheenu stuffed the used diaper of Maadhu’s child.