1.5 / 5.0
By: Rajarajan V.S.
***** SPOILER ALERT !!! *****
From the lead character’s point of view, it would be fitting to call ‘Silukkuvarpatti Singam’ a wannabe ‘Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’. There, Vijay Sethupathi played a carefree young man who wanted to show off he’s a gangsta in town by bringing down a kingpin gangsta to win his lady-love. Here, Vishnu Vishal plays a carefree young man who wants to show off he’s a successful cop by bringing down a kingpin gangsta to win his lady-love.
Like in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, the scope to extract comedy is high here too. In fact, the half-boiled omelette angle is somewhat interesting and that goes on to justify that Vishnu doesn’t really care about what he actually has to. ‘Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’ turned out to be a cult black comedy as its writer/director Vignesh Shivan was bang on with the super-intriguing narrative. Here, writer/director Chella Ayyavu seems to have no clue about what he’s upto.
The film kick-starts with an item song featuring Oviya. The romance portions between Vishnu and Regina are mere templates. Chella uses school students as love messengers – speaks cheap of him. One would also have to pity Chella for the kind of police officers he portrays here. Are these the kind he has come across in his entire life? The cast is loaded with so many comedians that we’ve come across in Tamil films all these years. Yeah, Chella along with producer Vishnu have made sure that they at least have these comedians on board.
If there’s something in this film that at least qualifies to be called “joke”, it would be some of Yogi Babu’s well-timed one-line jokes. Except those, hardly the jokes land. They’re either silly or you have no energy left in you to laugh in the boring screenplay. Speaking of silly jokes, they’re heck a lot here. A woman asks a police officer to detain her husband in jail as he rapes her every night. Another woman wants the same to happen to her husband as he doses off every night, heavily drunk, without indulging in sex. As such are the jokes.
In 2014, ‘Mundasupatti’, a Ram Kumar directorial starring Vishnu, turned out to be a note-worthy outing for the star. Being a fantasy/black comedy, it had the substance to make the content work big time, like how ‘Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’ turned out to be. Ever since that outing, Vishnu has shown interest in such comedy films – ‘Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran’, ‘Katha Nayagan’ and now, ‘Silukkuvarpatti Singam’. If at all this thread continues further more, wish Vishnu chooses one with the same mind that made him choose ‘Mundasupatti’.
Cast: Vishnu Vishal | Regina Cassandra | Oviya | Anandaraj | Yogi Babu | Karunakaran | Livingston | Sai Ravi | Soundararaja | Mansoor Ali Khan | Singamuthu
Crew: Writer/Director: Chella Ayyavu | Cinematographer: J. Laxman | Editor: Ruben | Music Composer: Leon James | Production Designer: Mayapandi | Stunt Choreographer: Anbariv
Produced By: Vishnu Vishal Studioz
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