Staring : Sasikumar, Lavanya, Soori, Santhanam, Jayarakash
Director : Socrates
Music : Devi Sri Prasad
Production : K Manju Cinemas Anto Joseph Film Company
Having been trained under Kamal Haasan, a lot was expected out of first time director Socrates when he announced Bramman. Unfortunately, the directorial nuances and the knack of a writing an interesting screenplay of his master seem to be missing in Socrates. Read on to know more.
The storyline is more of an imperfect blend of ‘Kuselan’ and ‘Vellithirai’. Shiva (Sasikumar) comes to Chennai in search of his friend Kumar (Naveen Chandra), who is now a famous Telugu director, to seek help for saving his theatre. However, luckily and accidentally, Shiva impresses a producer and gets a chance to direct a movie. On the other hand, without recognizing Shiva, Kumar asks for his story to give a hit film in Tamil. Also, Kumar gets engaged to Shiva’s girl friend. Will Shiva sacrifice his story as well as his love for his friend?
If you did not like Sasikumar’s urban act in ‘Kutti Puli’, there is every chance that you might be disappointed with this film too. Sasikumar is seen in polo tees and jeans throughout the first half. Although he carry them off relatively well, his expressions look weak and detached. Is he over-conscious about his attire? It is sad to see a path-breaking director like Sasikumar acting in films like this one.
Lavanya Tripathi does not emote at all, whatever the scene might be. Even in the climax, she stands still and watches the proceedings. With two ace comedians Santhanam and Soori, you might expect the movie to be a laugh riot. Sadly, it is the other way around. Santhanam appears in the first half and fails to create any impact on the audience. Soori promptly replaces Santhanam in the second half, as though the director allotted each half to a comedian. Naveen Chandra looks restrained and serious throughout. Are these the general qualities of a director?
Music director Devi Sri Prasad’s songs are nowhere near hummable. Also, ‘En Uyirin Uyiraga’ sung by the music director himself does not suit Sasikumar’s voice sync at all, on whom the song is picturized. Cinematography is nothing to be raved about, as some of the scenes appear to have been taken in a jiffy without planning.
Direction – Socrates
Scorates’ basic plot is interesting enough, even though it might remind you of few earlier movies. However, his screenplay is totally uninteresting. The first half beings with the usual ‘Hero meets heroine, falls in love instantly and tries to woo her’ kind of scenes. On top of it, Santhanam fails to impress too, which further lets down the movie. Also, a forced fight sequence is introduced before the interval, which will leave you exasperated.
When compared to the first half, second half seems to be tad better. Soori comes up with few laugh-worthy one-liners and there is an emotional climax towards the end, whether it has worked out is a question though. There is a particular scene in which Soori says ‘Poitangada foreign-ku’ before the start of a song, which exactly reflects the thoughts of the audience. Most of the songs look out of place and also shot out of place. On a positive note, certain scenes showcasing how screenplay writers are overlooked in the industry look truthful. Sasikumar’s usual friendship element looms large in the second half, but becomes too predictable towards the end.
Verdict : Bramman is a colossal failure, considering Sasikumar’s talent. It is high time Sasikumar concentrated on his strengths, rather than trying to improve his weaknesses.
Review : Sai Shyam G