Home Entertainment ‘Don’ film overview: Sivakarthikeyan stars in an peculiar comedy-drama that’s not sure of its objective

‘Don’ film overview: Sivakarthikeyan stars in an peculiar comedy-drama that’s not sure of its objective

‘Don’ film overview: Sivakarthikeyan stars in an peculiar comedy-drama that’s not sure of its objective

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After a stoic detour in Physician, the actor is again laughing and crying, singing and dancing, however he nonetheless can’t salvage this humdrum affair

After a stoic detour in Physician, the actor is again laughing and crying, singing and dancing, however he nonetheless can’t salvage this humdrum affair

When a principal character in Don makes a heartfelt apology to a different, we see a poster within the background that claims “Errors are all the time forgivable if one has the braveness to confess it.”

It’s what the scene tries to speak too, and it succeeds in doing that. However first-time filmmaker Cibi Chakravarthy zooms into the poster, lest we miss the message… he zooms in a lot that there isn’t a room for subtlety.

This instance encapsulates the issue with the remainder of the movie too; it delivers its messages by means of hackneyed traces quite than the screenplay. Don needs to speak about two issues: a) discovering one’s expertise in rule-ridden, needlessly stringent engineering schools that search to suck the enjoyable out of its college students, and b) celebrating our dad and mom whereas they’re nonetheless with us. Wait, how are this stuff even linked to every oth… let’s not get into that. 

Firstly, these points are as novel to Tamil cinema as last-over finishes are to Chennai Tremendous Kings followers (subsequent season, guys… there may be all the time a subsequent season). Engineering schools particularly get attacked like a reluctant part-time bowler. In the meantime, the Father Sentiment, although a comparatively lesser-used weapon than the Mom Sentiment, can inflict ample cringe.

Don

Director: Cibi Chakaravarthi

Solid: Sivakarthikeyan, Priyanka Arul Mohan, SJ Suryah, Samuthirakani, and extra

Runtime: 2 hr 45 min

Secondly, the screenplay doesn’t even care a lot concerning the issues the movie needs to speak about. As an alternative, it largely fills the time with the antics of its protagonist, Chakravarthy (Sivakarthikeyan) in his battle of one-upmanship over his faculty principal Bhoominathan (SJ Suryah). Even this battle is correctly established solely after an hour into the movie. Until then, now we have to take a seat by means of a slew of face-palming, groan-inducing comedy. 

Samples on your perusal: a) SJ Suryah catches a pair romancing inside the faculty. He reveals a Dairy Milk Silk wrapper as an proof to one in all his assistants, Munishkanth. And, we hear S Janaki’s well-known moaning sounds from ‘Nethu Rathiri Yamma’. As a result of Silk, ‘Silk’ Smitha… gettit? b) Sivakarthikeyan reconciles with Priyanka Arul Mohan after a battle. He asks her out for a date. She says okay and proceeds to present him… a date fruit. <Insert straight-faced emoji>

We additionally get oneliners like, “Ex ku edhukku additional emotions?”, complaints about faculty canteen meals, frustrations about ‘boy besties’… issues which might be supposedly the issues of our youth. If the movie contends that college students in engineering schools are dealing with an issue, we actually don’t really feel that.

Then, there may be the underexplored father-son angle between Samuthirakani and Sivakarthikeyan. The movie introduces Samuthirakani as an unloving dad, who appears perennially pissed off with son. He slaps his son on his first day at college. He shaves his head when the latter needs to sport a flamboyant coiffure like his on-screen idol Rajinikanth. When the boy falls off his bicycle, he attends to the bicycle. It’s an exaggerated model of how Samuthirakani behaves with Dhanush within the first half of Velai Illa Pattadhaari.

Identical to in VIP, right here too, he receives an outburst from his son for not being a great father . However the movie, in the direction of its finish, tries to glorify this poisonous parenting, exhibiting scenes the place his father suppresses his love solely to not spoil his son. These father-son parts are additionally not well-fleshed out for a movie that ends with a message about cherishing dad and mom.

Priyanka Arul Mohan will get a heroic introduction, however largely exists within the movie simply to encourage the hero. The romantic sub-plot involving her and Sivakarthikeyan, too, contains of generic scenes.

After a stoic detour in Physician, Sivakarthikeyan is again laughing and crying, singing and dancing, and someway makes the movie bearable to an extent. A few of his scenes with SJ Suryah (whose character can be largely one-note) work properly. Anirudh does musical gymnastics, making an attempt to heavy-lift the scenes along with his background rating, however all these supporting components fail to salvage a screenplay with a weak plot.

Upon getting into the cinema corridor for the 8 am present of this movie, a fellow film-goer, who’d watched the 4 am present, provided his one-line overview, unasked. “Padathula kadhai ellaam edhum illa, bro. Chumma jolly ah paakalaam.”

Nicely, at the very least one a part of his overview was proper.

Don is at present working in theatres

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