Direction: Rathina Shiva
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Lakshmi Menon
Music: D Imman
Cinematographer: Dinesh Krishnan
Editor: Praveen KL
What is it about: It’s about a young lad called Shiva (Vijay Sethupathi), has this nature of helping the couples get married, who are opposed by their families. And as he keeps doing that, one unfortunate day it backfires on his own family and tables turn. What happens next forms the crux of the story directed by Rathina Shiva.
Why it’s disappointing: This film runs on the template which we have seen from the days of “Thimiru” and “Ghilli”. There’s nothing new to add to it, and of course when the template is so obvious the film is bound to forget the logical sense. And making a film of that sort at this time, is a big risk taken by the director, as it could work or it might not as well.
The music was very average nothing great to boast about, Imman has to really explore the field and get out of the cocoon he’s at the moment.
The sound was too loud, which makes noisy an understatement. The worst part is it was mixed in Dolby Atmos, if at all the creators of that sound format hear the output will get a heart attack. A great insult of the sound format.
Lakshmi Menon, as it is she has a lot of haters. The makers should have been little cautious on her on screen appearance. But they didn’t, and unfortunately she’s going to face the consequences for that with more added haters. The worst of the angles were used to capture her, which made her look really bad on screen.
And then the villains of the film, Kabir Duhan Singh and Harish Uthaman were too tight and orchestrated which was not fitting right in the frame.
What to watch out for: What makes “Rekka” click is Vijay Sethupathi, we have seen him in many avatars and have given a varied and versatile performances till date. And this time, he ventured in to the commercial aspect of Hero which worked in his favour and audience loved it. He brought a great charm to the role and did with élan. If you remove VJS from the frame this film will fall on its face.
Then the supporting actors KS Ravikumar and Satish did their respective roles, with required humour. Kishore’s character was a good one, and had a different shade which we haven’t seen earlier. He did a commendable job. And there was the character of “Mala Akka” who did a commendable as well.
Imman who lost it in music, tried his best to make it up with the background score. The cinematography by Dinesh Kirshnan was good and was cut at a racy pace by Praveen KL.
Verdict: Rathina Shiva seems like had a straight forward notion of making a mindless masala entertainer and he made sure of achieving that. And that was successful only because of VJS, if not this film wouldn’t have worked at all. Worth a watch for Vijay Sethupathi in mass avatar.