Bhaskar Oru Rascal Tamil Movie Review, Rating -2/5
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Bottom Line: This wannabe comic entertainer neither entertains nor generates laughs.
After numerous delays and postponements due to the Tamil cinema strike followed by several financial issues, the long-delayed Bhaskar Oru Rascal, which marks the return of Arvind Swamy to the silver screen after playing the antagonist in Bhogan, alongside the dusky babe Amala Paul. Directed by Siddique, the movie is the remake of his own Malayalam hit. Here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on net Bhaskar Oru Rascal Review.
Bhaskar (Arvind Swamy), an arrogant single father and Vinitha (Amala Paul) a single mother, are forced to meet as situations lead to their children studying at the same school, and the kids liking the parents of the other. While Bhaskar has been always interested in amassing wealth, troubles arrive as he gets embroiled in a controversy involving an actress, and while trying to resolve it, Bhaskar and Vinitha slowly develop feelings towards each other. Did Bhaskar and Vinitha unite to gift their kids a complete family, is what the tedious Bhaskar Oru Rascal is all about.
Arvind Swamy as the arrogant and angry Bhaskar fits perfectly in his role, and while he excels in action scenes, he also gets his emotions right in the sentimental sequences and as the doting dad. He proves that he can be a crowd puller given a mass role as well. Amala Paul continues from where she left in Thiruttu Payale 2, and sizzles in songs, and performs well within the limited scope as the single young mother Vinitha. Baby Nainika has made a return to films post Theri, and just like her debut, the kid is made to be expressive throughout the movie, and she keeps the audience entertained with her antics. Soori tries hard to evoke laughs only to end delivering flat and trashy jokes. The rest of the cast including Siddique, Robo Shankar, Nikesha Patel, Nasser doesn't have much scope.
The Background score by Amresh is loud and jarring, while of his songs, none, including the forgettable title track appeal. Vijay Ulaganath's cinematography captures the songs well, and the movie doesn't have much scope for him being a mostly indoor movie. Gowrishankar's editing could have been better. Siddique, known for his comic capers like Friends and Engal Anna, which were remakes of his own Malayalam blockbusters, returns after a hiatus with yet another similar formula of Malayalam to Tamil remake, but this time around, he has opted to remake his Bhaskar The Rascal which was itself a mediocre product.
Right from the word go, Bhaskar Oru Rascal follows the stereotypical path, and with cliched sequences, fails to entertain. Besides Soori, Robo Shankar and the team trying to evoke laughs and mouthing crass one-liners that do not gel well with the screenplay, besides the badly placed songs, add to the troubles of Bhaskar. While Arvind Swamy and the two kids try to salvage some pride for Bhaskar Oru Rascal, the movie doesn't even have a pacy screenplay, and for the most part looks like a serial stuffed with bad jokes, ultimately ending as a joke on the viewer. All said, take a trip to visit Bhaskar Oru Rascal only if you don't have any other option.