Middling in parts

Reviews 9-Dec-2011 9:48 AM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Silambarasan had his best strokes with Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya and Vaanam. Apparently, his decision to get back in form with mass heroism not seems to have worked out well with Osthe. By the moment we hear the dialogue ‘Sivaji – The Boss Maadhri Osthe – The Mass’, it’s clear that STR is here to play his yesteryear style. Cop’s role is every actor’s dream and what is more important is about finding apt for that character and ‘maturity’ becomes the major factor there.

But with Silambarasan, it doesn’t seem to suit him to core, though he has worked hard to experiment with cop’s role. Let’s not go for comparisons with Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’. But when it comes to the direct analysis of this movie, it’s little disappointing for it becomes yet another commercial potboiler carrying the story of late 80s.

Osthe Velan (Silambarasan) is a crooked police officer, who is considered as local Robinhood by the folks of Kaatupaalayam. He is involved in looting the black money of Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood), a hooligan and now a politician that is meant for distribution to the people in local areas for gaining their votes. While conflict between them becomes the major plot, the story touches the personal front of Velan and his family - mother (Revathi), step-father (Nasser), step-brother (Jithan Ramesh) and the beautiful girl Neduvaali (Richa Gangopadhyay) he loves ardently.

Silambarasan has exerted great efforts to render his best in the role of a cop. But the gimmicks of jumping across the buildings, spotted all time with Ray Ban dark glasses, smashing down the roughnecks with an ease (especially imitating Salman Khan’s stunts of Dabangg to the core) becomes a little minus for the character. Richa Gangopadhyay looks beautiful and wins our hearts with her facial expressions, especially the eyes that conveys dialogues. But her role if very much limited while Saranya Mohan appears only in few scenes… Santhanam’s comedy tracks are commendable and he keeps everyone’s lips sparkling with laughter. His combination with VTV Ganesh, Mayilsami are so entertaining. Sonu Sood is an absolute show stopper and he fits the role to T. what a physique and in climax sequence when it comes to marking the verdicts of ‘6 Packs’, he is best than Silambarasan. Jithan Ramesh gets a meaty role to perform while Revathi hits the sentimental quotients with her emotional performance in mother’s role.

Technically, it’s Thamman keeping up the momentum with his songs – ‘Kalasala’, ‘Neduvaali’ and ‘Pondati’. They have been very well choreographed. Cinematography by Gopinath brings some eye-catching visuals of Mysore.

On the whole, Osthe has a very hackneyed story and the narration is very much predictable in parts.

What works: Santhanam, Songs

What doesn’t: Almost everything.

Verdict: Middling in parts.

Production: Reliance Entertainment, Balaji Real Media

Direction: S Dharani

Star-casts: Silambarasan, Richa Gangopadhyay, Jithan Ramesh, Sonu Sood, Nasser, Revathi, Saranya Mohan, Nizhalgal Ravi, Vijaya Kumar, Azhagam Perumal and others

Music: S Thamman

Review byRichard Mahesh

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