Vi Anand’s Tiger (2015) Movie Review
Starring: Rahul Ravindran, Sundeep Kishen, Seerat Kapoor,
Music by Thaman SS
Edited by Chota K Prasad
Cinematography by Chota K Naidu
Produced by NV Prasad & Tagore Madhu
Directed by Vi Anand
Censor Certificate: UA
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Vishnu (Rahul Ravindra) and Jai (Sundeep Kishen), the two orphans become the best friends in the orphanage. The fondness Jai has for Vishnu was never reciprocated and Vishnu always feel Jai as a head-ache. When Vishnu was adopted, Jai stays away from him for years. In 2009, Ganga (Seerat Kapoor) comes to Hyderabad to attend Yantrika Festival in Geethanjali College of engineering. But things turn around, when everyone around her, starts thinking her as Vishnu’s lover. After some confusion both start liking each other in a week’s time. Ganga gets the job in Hyderabad. When the guardian comes to know that they fell in love, he decides to take Ganga back to Kasi. But village head decides to kill them off because inter-cast marriage is a transgress as per their laws. That’s when Tiger aka. Jai gets the news and comes to save his friend. The rest of the story is all about how all ends well.
The performances are below par. Rahul Ravindran, who is a kind of actor with a branded style though devoid of much surprisals, does his role with all sincerity. Sundeep Kishen has only a limited time to show his talents and he proves yet again how overrated he is, with a dreadful outburst and drama. But he looks promising in his massy attire and introduction scenes. Run Raja Run fame Seerat Kapoor makes not much of an impression. The chemistry between the lead pair is mortifying are best. Kasi Vishwanath, Praveen and Tanikella Bharini are wasted in small characters. Comedians Thagubothu Ramesh, Chitram Seenu, Satya, Raghu and Fish Venkat are fine. Satya – Sundeep Kishen and Sundeep Kishen – Thagubothu Ramesh small threads are comical. Bollywood actor Bobby Parvez did a brief role as Seerat Kapoor’s father.
The story of the film is wafer thin. The story wanders around without a distinct direction, after the initial laughs while introducing the lead characters, At best, it turns out to be a romantic socio drama scripted by a layabout, who analysis of the honor killings is based on assumptions without getting out of his comforts. The screenplay is in fact an over dose of commercial aspects. The director fastidiously adds too many fights, comedy sequences and preachy lines that could irritate the viewer no less. The narrative falls flat after a while and you end up cringing in the seat waiting for this ever dragging script to come to a point. With an ordinary script (Looks like Aarya 2 meets Pelli Sandadi/Deggaraga Dooramga meets Pranam meets Mukunda with a pinch of surprise) and a rather conventional narration, director by Vi Anand (protégé of A R Murugadoss) seems to be aiming for nothing big. There are lot of frames remind us of A R Murugadoss’s direction. The entire first half is painfully long building up to a more serious incident. The jokes are funny in parts at best. Some of the characters appear at habitué intervals and disappear quite handily. Like for instance, Kaasi Vishwanath, who adopts the son and never appears on screen after that. The second half lacks pace and director simply concludes the serious honor killings issue with some instructive lines and forced realization sequences.
Chota K Naidu visuals are top notch. Music by Thaman SS is mediocre except for Samayya and a couple of inspired themes. Editor Chota K Prasad made excessive use of optical work. Instead he should have worked a bit more on trimming the second half. Fights in the film are adequate. Dialogues in the film works in parts; especially lines like “Eppati Daaka Kullam Kosam Champi Chusav, Eppudu Manishi La Brathiki Chudu”, “Entha Mandi Unna Naakenti Raa… Na friend ki Nenu Okkadine Unna”, “”Neekosam ayithe valatho enti, Avasaram Ayithe Neetho Kuda Godava Padava” are good. Production Values of “NVR Cinema” are appropriate.
Tiger tries to say lots of things, but doesn’t really succeed in doing it in an impressive way and ends up being foreseeable, preachy and even jejune. It has a bright line here, but director Vi Anand hasn’t taken care to formulate that into a echt script or to narrate it well. There are times when the talent of the writer/director is in display, in Tiger. But it will demands real forbearance to spot them, amidst of ho-hum narration. Now, the choice is yours.
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