Mr. Local Movie Review: What A Waste Of Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara, Time And Money!

A big star cast with so much talent and yet, they couldn’t hold the film together!

An ‘arrogant’ woman with a huge business empire clashes with a middle-class employee (of a car company) whose family is dependent on him for a living; what happens next is a “shocking” turn of events. Keerthana Vasudevan (Nayanthara) is the CEO of a television production house who meets Sivakarthikeyan, at his car company during an unfortunate turn of events. Ever since, the two engage in constant tiffs to put each other in their place. Ultimately one of them falls in love with the other and what happens as a result is the storyline.

Despite so many talented actors, the film remains to be a major fail due to the weak storyline. There is nothing new in the plot, it is absolutely predictable with few interesting scenes and bits of humour here and there. If it weren’t for Sivakarthikeyan and Nayanthara, the storyline would have looked weaker onscreen. Director Rajesh has once again failed to deliver despite having a good star cast.

Moreover, be it ‘Siva Manasula Sakthi’, ‘Boss Engira Baskaran’ or ‘Oru Kal Oru Kannadi’, why is the director so into making his male leads stalk the female leads to make her fall in love with him? Why is it that the lead female characters in his films never understand the seriousness behind stalking and instead end up falling in love with their stalkers? The bigger picture being, why are the female characters in his films portrayed so weak or their strong view points shown as arrogance? And why are the acts of the hero always glorified? Example, here Sivakarthikeyan says “Un Thimuru, attitude, talent ellamey enaku romba pudichirku..”!

Nayanthara is a talented actress and given the stories, scripts and movies she had chosen in the past few years, this is the biggest letdown for her after ‘Velaikaran’. Although she has done justice to the role, was the role even worth it? Film-makers please understand, that the character of a strong and/or successful woman need not end up being arrogant. Also, Keerthana is shown to be a person who believes that rich men could keep her happier.  This trend of portraying a strong woman as arrogant in films never seems to cease. Oh, and for the record, women can be super independent and successful financially. Stop showing them as gold diggers onscreen all the time.

From the times of MGR and Sivaji up till Sivakarthikeyan, portrayal of strong women in commercial films has always been in the negative light. That is a dangerous trend which requires a change immediately.

Sivakarthikeyan is seen here in a role, as a mass hero. Yes, it is understandable that his expertise lies in commercial films but he is surely capable of finding better roles because he has immense talent and honestly, he acts extremely well. His sense of humour is average in the film as we have seen the better version of him in films like ‘Varutha Padadha Valibar Sangam’. The director could have definitely come up with a better role and even better dialogues for a talent like Siva.

Yogi Babu and Radikaa Sarathkumar do good justice to their roles while Robo Shankar is average and Sathish a disappointment.

Cinematography is decent, the background score is boring and the songs are below average. The one advantage of the film is the intermittent entertainment it provides through humour. Although some of the jokes trail away, some of them (especially those of Yogi Babu, Robo Shankar and even Radikaa Sarathkumar up to an extent) cracks the audience up.

Overall, the film is a total let down with few entertaining bits and some jokes that might humour you here and there.

Rating: 1.5/5

Verdict: You would enjoy the trailer more than the film itself!



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