Rummy's Insipid Take Fails to Impress - The New Indian Express

Rummy's Insipid Take Fails to Impress

Published: 03rd February 2014 12:02 PM

Last Updated: 03rd February 2014 12:02 PM

Film: Rummy

Director: K Balakrishnan

Cast: Vijay Sethupathy, Inigo, Gayatri, Aishwaria Rajesh, Soori

Vijay Sethupathy’s knack of selecting the right scripts and suitable roles had worked to his advantage in the past. But with ‘Rummy’, the actor seems to have erred in his selection. It’s not because he gets less screen space than Inigo, the other hero of the film. It’s because his character is neither fleshed out properly, nor shows him to advantage. The debutant director’s insipid screenplay and lacklustre narration hardly makes for a good entertainer.

The story centres around Sakthi and Joseph, who join a small-town college and stay in the hostel. It’s about how they become friends, and the turn their lives take when they fall in love. The first part is fairly interesting. The early moments in college and scenes of Sakthi (Inigo) falling for classmate Meenakshi (Gayatri, comes out the best of the lot) has a breezy flow. When the friends are expelled from hostel for unruly behaviour, they rent out a place in the nearby village.

Joseph falls for Sorna (Sethupathy, Aishwaria) the comely daughter of the village patriarch. In the opening scene itself, the director had depicted the patriarch’s power and brutality. So, when the two friends take up residence there, one doesn’t have to guess far as to which way the plot would move. The whole scenario of the patriarch and his men are repetitive and cliched. The debutant director seems to have lost his plot midway, and ends it all in a poorly conceived climax.

Inigo (who played supporting roles in films like ‘Sundarapandyan’), tall and presentable, is watchable for the most part. But towards the end he goes overboard with his emotions. The director could have guided and controlled him here. Ditto for Aishwarya, when she turns the avenging angel, and comes out with a ‘Goddess in fury’ pose. The intrusion of songs in the latter part only adds to the misery. Hyped as a Vijay Sethupathy film, and with a title that promised much, ‘Rummy’ deeply disappoints.

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