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by : Behindwoods review board
Vignesh, Monica, Sathyaraj, Yuvarani,
the name itself gives us the picture of
a pretty royal feud for power and many
other things and that is what the movie
is all about – many men; their conflicting
interests and principles; the resulting
clashes and the lives that get caught
up in this vortex.
The movie starts off by portraying Sathyaraj as a
man above the law who does justice for the public
– something like Nayakan and Sarkar. As expected,
he has many henchmen, hitmen and friends in positions
of power. But, such friendships do not last for long.
A small misunderstanding and the refusal of Sathyaraj
to budge from his principles make one such friendship
turn into a feud. Meanwhile, the arrival of power
and authority, a parallel developing triangle love
story and another story of the desire for power and
position literally multiply the number of enemies
that Sathyaraj has. How does he manage to counter
them, what happens to the people in power and how
does the love story end? That is the crux of Gowravargal.
Perhaps standing true to the Mahabharata where there
are a 101 Kauravas, this film too has a multitude
of characters who want nothing more than power and
revenge; are ready to do anything for it, even if
it be making his/her sister forcibly enter into marriage.
But, the similarity ends there. If the director had
envisaged any other parallels to the great epic they
definitely do not reflect here. In fact, the screenplay
makes the movie look like an oft repeated tale of
love, power and revenge. The characterization of almost
every person who appears in the movie is either incomplete
or inconsistent which makes it impossible for the
viewer to sympathize or connect with any of the proceedings
on screen. There also seems to be a tug of war going
on in the mind of the director about the focus of
the script – whether it should be on the power
and revenge side or on the love angle (even though
the two are ultimately connected). There are a few
scenes that seem to be the build up towards a twist
or a riveting sequence of events but then peter out
into nothingness and one is left wondering why there
was such a ‘build up’ in the first place.
The regular clichés of gangster flicks are
all here too – the rough and tough men with
beards, men shouting in hoarse voices at the drop
of a hat etc….
As said above, character sketches are either inconsistent
or incomplete which handicaps all the actors on screen.
Even the experienced Sathyaraj fails to make an impression.
Vignesh tries hard as Sathyaraj’s henchman who
is also in love, but there is nothing that allows
him to score. Ranjith does the ‘stiff upper
lip’ stuff as the police officer while Monica
does the usual heroine stuff of looking good and scared
Technical aspects do not even threaten to rise above
the average. Music, camera, action or anything else
that one can think of seems to of the standards that
have been present since the start of the decade. Overall
absence of novelty in all facets – concept,
scripting, characterization and technicalities make
this movie a rather trying experience for the viewer.
There really seems to be a lack of focus or ambition
in keeping up with the current standards and trends
of Tamil cinema. As a viewer, there is very little
that one can take home from such a viewing experience.
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