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'Remo': Entertains but not charming enough( ** )

Film: "Remo"; Director: Bakkiyaraj Kannan; Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Keerthy Suresh, Sathish, Saranya Ponvannan, Rajendran and Yogi Babu;

Remo Movie review

When you walk into a Sivakarthikeyan film, especially one like "Remo", you can't expect logic; you can't expect to be bowled over by a great script and you definitely can't expect to like everything you see in the film.

As a viewer, you're not pleased with the way stalking is endorsed by the film. Even though you feel sorry for the heroine who is no more than an eye candy, you're forced to turn a blind eye because it comes with a statutory warning - you can't like everything you see.

Therefore, the relentless pursuit of Keerthy Suresh by Sivakarthikeyan, as much as it's manipulative, is justified with the dialogue - an average Joe can take every opportunity he gets to make a woman fall for him.

In "Remo", Sivakarthikeyan dons the disguise of a nurse to woo the woman of his dreams. He wins her over by confusing her, by making her believe that she's making a big mistake by settling for an arranged marriage and that she can still meet her prince charming if she truly believes.

And when Keerthy is successfully confused, Sivakarthikeyan chips in with a line - it's easier to confuse a woman than convince her. It's as though the makers want to prove that if you want to win over a girl, all you need to do is confuse her with lies.

Despite these worrying issues, "Remo" is mostly entertaining and that's because Sivakarthikeyan is easily the best entertainer among his contemporaries. The entire first half is rollicking fun and the scenes between Sivakarthikeyan, Sathish and Yogi Babu are downright hilarious. The second half, however, dips due to the romance portion and the emotional scenes, which are so badly conceived, are passe.

Sivakarthikeyan, with back-to-back hits, by now has realized he needs to cater to different sections of the audiences. Children love him and he has ensured there's something for the kids in all his films.

There's a stretch involving a sick kid in "Remo", and she's a brat of the first order. In the disguise of a nurse, he wins her trust and entertains other kids in the hospital by doing magic tricks.

He appeals to the young males with the romance portion, especially with the song 'Senjitaley', but its lyrics propagate stalking. The scenes with his mother, played by Saranya, appeal to the family audiences.

Veteran cinematographer P.C Sreeram has done a fabulous job and so has Oscar-winning sound designer, Resul Pookutty. Their work is enriching and so good, it makes the viewing experience worthwhile. However, it's disappointing that so much effort has gone into everything but the script, making "Remo" entertaining but not charming enough.

'Devi': Delightfully refreshing horror-comedy ( *** )

Film: "Devi"; Director: A.L. Vijay; Cast: Prabhudheva, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sonu Sood and RJ Balaji;

Devi review

If you are a regular watcher of Tamil movies, especially the spate of horror-comedies that have come out in the last few years, you could easily guess the scene where the ghost would make a grand entry. You could tell when there's a close up shot of a character, the ghost would stare in the face when he or she turns around. Or you could tell there'll be a scene when the camera pans over a sleeping couple at the stroke of midnight.

In Vijay's "Devi", thankfully, there's not a single horror stereotype you could point out to and say, 'hey, I've already watched it in some other film'. There's no creaking of the door, or howls of the dogs at night, but what you get is a refreshing horror-comedy featuring Prabhudheva as a hapless husband, and in a solid comeback role.

Even though the initial 20 minutes of the film are a lull, and it features a needless song that proves Prabhudheva can still dance and when he moves people go into a frenzy, "Devi" picks up steam after Tamannaah is introduced and the story quickly shifts to Mumbai. Even though there's a lack of nativity, the rest of the film chugs along smoothly with occasional laughs and thrills.

It would have made sense to have set the film in some southern part of the country. Setting it in Mumbai might work for Bollywood audiences, given the film also released in Hindi, but it doesn't appeal to Tamil audiences and that's disappointing. Or it would have made sense had the makers ensured all the actors lip-synched perfectly to the Tamil dialogues. Watching Sonu Sood mouth Tamil dialogues in "Devi", despite his popularity among southern audiences, feels very artificial.

Prabhudheva, in spite of being away from Tamil filmdom for over a decade, owns the role of a husband with metropolitan dreams who is forced marry a village belle. Tamannaah shows in both the roles the kind of versatility she hasn't in a long time and due credit needs to go director Vijay for writing a story with a very strong female protagonist.

"Devi" works solely because of its treatment of the genre and for bringing back Prabhudheva in a memorable role.

Courtsey: IANS