Production:Cameo Films India
Star-cast:Vaibhav, Ramya Nambeesan, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Shayaji Shinde and others
Cinematography: Edwin Saghay
Editing: Paramesh Krishna
In the recent times, more films based on ‘Black Comedy’ has been venturing into the Tamil cinema and ‘Damaal Dumeel’ is the latest to arrive in this league. Let us see how far it has managed to keep us engaged and grab our attention.
The happy life of Manikandan (Vaibhav), a top scorer with huge digit salary at IT Company is devastated when he loses his job. With more plans on the way to organize his younger sister’s wedding, his marriage with girlfriend (Ramya Nambeesan) and few more commitments on the rise, he is left discombobulated. On a surprise note, Lady Luck knocks his doors as he finds bundles of huge money left astray at his doorsteps. The next moment, he is the happiest person on this planet and makes his plans workout. But sooner, the ‘Devils’ in the form of Kota Srinivasa Rao and Shayaji Shinde are on the hunt to bump him off. With a series of murders on roll, Manikandan gets more perplexed and does he manage to cut and fly to the hills fulfilling his dreams forms crux of the story.
Soon as the film commences, we have to make peace and assumptions to ourselves that it is going to be a racy thriller and the momentum will shoot up high now and then. But it doesn’t favour and instead travels on its own nature. With the arrival of Kota Srinvasa Rao, things turn up more engaging, but again there is a drop considerably with the momentum. Most of the scenes are flimsy and lack intensity. Although, director Sri deliberately included humour into the script, it doesn’t work out for the best results anywhere and the unrealistic elements irk us indeed. Even if you strongly don’t believe in logics, you’ll fail to keep yourself happy with what you are seeing.
There are many situations in the film that actually demands a lot of potentials from Vaibhav in the character of Vaibhav, but they completely go missing. Ramya Nambeesan appears for just 6-7 scenes and there is nothing much you to talk about her. Shayaji Shinde and Kota Srinivasa Rao are seemingly the guests of this film as they appear and vanish the very next second.
What works – Cinematography, background score by Thaman, editing, picturing of ‘Saga Saga’ song
What doesn’t work – Slow-paced screenplay, Unenthusiastic scenes, humour,
Overall, the story is convincing, but it fails to have a right execution in terms of screenplay and writing goes weak in many parts.
Verdict: Damaal Dumeel – Fails with no punch.
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