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Bongu movie review: Entertaining but lacks jaw-dropping displays

Deccan Chronicle| Anupama Subramanian

Published on: June 3, 2017 | Updated on: June 3, 2017

A lot more emphasis should have been placed on the process rather than the outcome of the heist.

Still from the film

Still from the film

Director: Taj

Cast: Natraj Subramanian, Ruhi Singh, Munishkanth

Deva (Natty), Janani (Ruhi Singh) and Bhaskar (Arjunan) are car salesman who land in deep trouble when one of the most prized vehicles – a Rolls Royce – is stolen by a scheming schmuch. Blacklisted and out of the job market, the trio turn to more shadier elements of society and approach Babu (Rajan,) who tasks them with stealing high-end cars.

Skills from their previous job help them out here and with astute planning; they succeed in acquiring their first prized possession. Babu now has a new assignment for them: steal all the cars of a Madurai based don named Pandian (Sharath Lohitashwa.) With the added expertise of Mani (Munishkanth), Deva & co plans their heist and set out to execute it. Deva joins Pandian’s club and with Mani’s knowledge, the team gets to know the inner workings of their target. These are high-stake games being played here, and failure will lead to grave danger. The reminder of the film plays out the permutations and combinations that could possibly happen between the parties involved.

Bongu is by nature a high-tempo film and this means the viewers don’t have to be bogged down by slow, meandering scenes. Of course, most Kollywood flicks have the obligatory songs that break up this tempo unnecessarily and Bongu is no different. Natty is assertive and self-confident with larger-than-life dialogues. Ruhi Singh has the looks to match her performance, which makes for a great combination. Arjunan’s role is that of an assistant in this group and does his part convincingly. Sharath is a adequate as an antagonist, and Munishkanth as the guy who gets whipped fills a necessary role. The script could certainly have given Atul Kulkarni more substance – a bit of a no-show really.

Music is rather hit or miss, while the cinematography impresses. A lot more emphasis should have been placed on the process rather than the outcome of the heist. Bongu is entertaining, but the lack of jaw-dropping displays and careful craftsmanship makes it enjoyable only in parts.

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