by : Behindwoods Movie Review
Meenakshi, Namitha, Vivek
C, an unlikely candidate for
the Valentine’s weekend
has made it to theaters with
Perumal. Sundar C starrers,
though not many in number have
always had one thing in common
in them, fun. It is the fun
factor in his films that has
kept them going in theaters
for reasonable lengths of time
starting with the riotous Thalainagaram.
By fun, we don’t mean
just comedy, there has been
a general lighter vein running
through his films that have
catalyzed their success (though
limited at the box office).
This time though, he and Vincent
Selva have been ambitious and
tried something more.
Perumal starts quite turbulently in the
setting of a hospital where a mafia is at
work adulterating drugs for a huge profit.
But, their illegal works come to light when
a junior doctor catches them in the act.
Obviously, they want to wipe out the only
person who has found out the truth about
them and set out after her. She runs into
the darkness and into Sundar. C. He is not
a very good Samaritan either, a small time
thug who does the job of loan recoveries
for an agency. But, being the hero, he has
to protect the damsel in distress and enters
the swamp that may put him in grave danger
along with the junior doctor. That he finally
manages to bring the mafia to book would
be obvious, but how he does it is the question.
Well, as said before, the film is far more
ambitious than previous Sundar C films.
The theme really has the potential to make
for gripping viewing, but it is the presentation
that has faltered. The most important thing
in a movie handling such a theme should
be the element of suspense, here that element
goes for a toss in the initial portions,
nothing is left to guesswork and concomitantly
the viewer is likely to lose interest in
proceedings, knowing too well what will
happen. The director has floundered in handling
the subject. Also, the plot could have merited
a pretty linear narrative with few deviations,
but commercial compulsions seemed to have
swayed the focus of the director. That’s
where Namitha comes in, no connection with
the central plot, she plays a crook who
specializes in stealing cars. But, we know
that she is in the movie purely for glamour
which is given in strong doses in a couple
of songs. Vivek’s comedy does not
work, barring a couple of scenes. Kota Srinivasa
Rao does his usual bit as the bad man, but
there is nothing in the role to challenge
Technically there is not much that one can
single out for appreciation or criticism.
Srikanth Deva’s music is a let down,
there is no song that sticks to you for
any length of time. The fights at many points
fail to add any excitement to proceedings,
they are over the top and tend to test your
patience at places.
Overall, Perumal is a potent idea gone wrong.
The theme had the ability to give suspense
and thrills that would have made for engaging
viewing but the director has failed to sustain
either of these, it does not make for interesting
viewing. At the box office, the lack of
regular Sundar C fun elements will disappoint
his fans and the slack presentation will
put off other audience. Sundar C’s
clean sheet as an actor is likely to get
its first blot. The Perumal team has to
wait and watch for the public’s verdict.
Verdict: Perumal - drab affair