Desingu Raja Review

by Sai Shyam G


Vimal has been struggling to make a mark for himself as a solo hero in Kollywood. Although he passes the muster in multi-starrer films such as ‘Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga’ and ‘Kalakalappu’, he is unable to carry an entire film on his shoulders.  After forgettable outings with ‘Ishtam’ and ‘Sillunu Oru Sandhippu’, his latest film ‘Desingu Raja’ is almost in the same league. The movie is directed by Ezhil, who has earlier directed movies such as ‘Thulladha Manamum Thullum’ and ‘Manam Kothi Paravai’.

Plot


The movie’s plot is a tried, tested and outdated one. Idhayakani (Vimal) is in love with Thamarai (Bindu Madhavi), but they belong to different villages. Both the villages have intense rivalry against them. Will their love turn out to be fruitful? Watch the film to know the answer.

Performances


Vimal’s expressions and dialogue delivery are from convincing. There are no voice modulations at all and he speaks all the dialogues with the same feel. He passes the muster when he teams up with fellow comedians in few scenes. Bindu Madhavi looks pretty and is adequate in her role. However, the role does not give her much scope for acting. She definitely deserves better roles in the future.

For some reason, Soori tries to imitate Vadivelu for more part of the film. Soori has always carried a distinct style in all his previous film, but not sure why he wanted to follow someone else’s path this time around. Singam Puli’s hilarious acts help the movie from getting unwatchable. Ravi Mariya as the antagonist is more comical than being deadly.

Technicalities


Imman’s music is disappointing, when compared to his recent works. Some of the songs are hummable, but the background score is uninspiring at many places. One cannot blame him, as the script does not let him produce any fresh music. Sooraj’s Nallusamy camera work is decent, but again, does not turn out to be outstanding.

Screenplay and Direction – Ezhil


Even with the running time of 137 minutes, the movie does not hook you to it. The first half of the movie is filled with poorly written comedy sequences and definitely tests your patience. There are no major twists in the film and revolves along the predictable path.

However, there are few scenes in the second half that can really make you laugh. Singam Puli saves the screenplay from falling apart. Just when you think the movie might end on a decent note, the climax spoils the party again. The cheer girls in the ‘kabadi’ match and everyone doing ‘ganganam dance’ at the end are definitely not funny.