Synopsis: An army doctor decides to clean up his fiance’s family problem but ends up solving a big human trafficking crime and wins her heart.
After a long gap drifted by the second wave of the Coronavirus and theatre restrictions, the movie Doctor was released and gave the Tamil Cinema fans an entertainment candy. This movie stars Priyanka Mohan and Sivakarthikeyan on the lead, directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, and background score by Anirudh. This movie was released on 9th October 2021 and has been doing well in the box office along with positive reviews from fans and critics all over the world.
The movie has gained much traction and fan following for its satirical comedy scenes and dialogues by Yogi Babu and Redin Kingsley. This movie surely marks a different facade of a character in Sivakarthikeyan’s characterization and role as it is unconventional when it comes to his previous comedy monologues.
Sivakarthikeyan plays the role of an army doctor named Varun who is an emotionless, perfectionist who later gets dumped by his fiance played by Priyanka Mohan complaining about his bluntness towards life. Even though his fiance, calls off the wedding, he still helps her and her family in finding a missing girl from their family. During their quest, they realize this is no more a mere kidnap but is rather a human trafficking crime dealt with by Terry played by Vinay Rai. Will Varun and this family find their missing girl and return the other trafficked girls back to their parents is the remaining story.
Sivakarthikeyan’s robot-like acting is pretty much lauded for the role. Many have even compared his role to Nani in Gang Leader or Professor from Money Heist but this movie is nothing compared to either of those. Vinay playing the antagonist has set the screen on fire with his beautiful performance much like his role in Thupparivalan. Although, Vinay’s talents seem to have been wasted with not much screen space and lack of strength to his character of Terry by the filmmakers. Priyanka just like her character in the movie gave no justice to the script, does no justice to her role via acting. Despite such misses, there were a few pluses as well. The Bigg Boss 4 fame Archana Chandhoke played the role of the mother of the missing girl incidentally played by her real-life daughter Zara. This mother-daughter duo performed really well, especially in the emotional scenes. Not to forget Archana’s husband played by late Arun Alexander has done a pretty good job as well. Last but not the least, Yogi Babu and Redin Kingsley have surely stolen the show with their timely counters and jokes.
The first half does give us a pretty good laugh especially for those funny scenes from Yogi Babu and Kingsley but the traction went lower the graph as the movie continued. To be honest, there were a lot of instances in scenes and dialogues that had referenced misogyny and patriarchy right from start to end. One prominent scene is- where Yogi Babu plays the role of a champion of the famous kid’s game – Red Hands and turns undefeated at all times. The punishment of the players losing against him is to dress up as a woman – wearing a nightgown, flower, and a bindi. The fact of dressing up as a woman and being treated as an insult is a long haul of oppression and discrimination in the movies. Such instances seemed not funny and unnecessary.
The second half in Goa despite those few laughs with several logical misses, unnecessary misogynistic comments and instances revolving around the female lead, lack of story, and much more makes this movie barely passable. Overall with Nelson’s first women-centric movie Kolamavu Kokila starring Nayanthara setting the bar up high, this movie was sure a disappointment.