Siddu Plus Two Movie Review
Cast: Santhanu, Chandini, Rajesh, Seetha, Avinash and Ganja Karuppu
Direction: K. Bhagyaraj
Banner: Moserbaer Entertainment
Production: KBR Medias Pvt. Ltd
This is Shantanu’s second Tamil film after a disastrous ‘Sakkarakkatti’, and considering the time that has passed, and that this is his father K. Bhagyaraj, the undisputed master of screenplay’s script, you’d think this would be a perfect re-launch vehicle. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The movie has an interesting premise: two youngsters running away after failing their high school exams. But the treatment is pretty confusing. It is neither irreverent rom-com nor realistic cinema with subtle humour.
The sexual innuendos — a Bhagyaraj trademark that went well with the filmmaker’s bold adult themes through the early 1980s — fall flat and comes across as a crude attempt at sustaining interest.
Siddu aka Siddharth(Shanthanu), is a not-so-bright son of a school principal (played brilliantly by Rajesh), who has decided to commit suicide after having failed in his plus-two exams. He arrives in Chennai with some cash, ostensibly stolen from his dad, to live the high life for a few days before kicking the bucket.
Another plus two student Pavithra (debutante Chandini) arrives in Chennai from Pazhani, on the run from her family after thinking she too had flunked the exam.
The heroine is so innocent and naive that she seems teleported in a time-machine straight from the 1980s. While Pavithra stands at the railway station wondering what to do next, she is harassed by two cops. Out of the blue, the hero makes a grand entry to save the girl. He, of course, is Siddhu, winking, smiling and hamming his way through every single scene.
Naturally, the two become friends after a fashion and even more promptly, lovers. Their epic journey of love, riddled with endless dialogues in completely unnatural situations is so hilarious that you never feel the absence of a comedy track.
Of course, the path of true love is never smooth, and things get even more hilarious when Pavithra returns home having realised that she indeed has not failed in her exam. In addition, there’s the girl’s father as well, who stitches up the mouths of men who displeases him. Siddhu also has to brave a tearful mother, an arrogant fiance’s father, foil terrorist attacks and jump distances that even Superman would flinch at.
The hero is on her pursuit and all things cinematic prevail.
Shanthanu dances very well, and puts in the appropriate passion during the stunt scenes, but makes you squirm with all the over-acting, courtesy dialogues, and speeches to the audience, not to mention aping every actor from Simbhu to Vijay, and even his dad. A role which requires some understatement wouldn’t go amiss.
Newcomer Chandini manages to captivate at certain points with her expressions, and her dubbing artist obviously deserves kudos.
The rest of the cast has practically no part to play; they’re just cardboard cut-outs who aid in Shantanu’s re-boot, even Ganja Karuppu.
Dharan has hit all the right notes with his music. ‘Poove Poove,’ the mellifluous number by Yuvan Shankar Raja and Chinmayi, is the pick of the lot.
Rasamathy’s cinematography is pretty crisp and top notch in the song sequences.
Despite his earnest attempts at the song and fight sequences, Shantanu just comes across as a kid who apes the successful heroes over the past few decades, including his dad. It is entirely targeted at stirring up the Bhagyaraj nostalgia.
And what on earth happened to K Bhagyaraj, the master of screenplay-writing? Aside from the double entendres (which he is famous for) which are even more forced than usual, the dialogues are clunky, outdated, run for pages, while the screenplay is full of plot holes the size of craters.
The second half of the movie is a bit reminiscent of ‘Thooral Ninnnu Pocchu’, in which Bhagyaraj played the hero who goes to the village of his lover in an attempt to woo her back after a failed betrothal. But the highly superficial characterizations fail to create any emotional connect with the audience.
But it is not to say Siddu does not have its moments. There are flashes in the pan … when Bhagyaraj reveals his brilliance at screenplay. If only the project had been a vehicle to re-launch him into the mainstream as a screenplay writer instead of his son, maybe that could have meant a better movie than a mediocre one.
In a season of not many great movies, Siddu Plus 2 manages to shine. But fails miserably when pitted against Bhagyaraj’s better works.
Siddu Plus Two (1st attempt) – Failure Attempt