Rubaai movie review: Well intended but not without flaws

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Jul 15, 2017, 8:59 pm IST
Updated Jul 15, 2017, 8:59 pm IST
The film stars Chandran, Anandhi, Chinni Jayanth, Kishore and Harish Uttaman in the lead roles.
A still from the film.
 A still from the film.
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Director: Anbazhagan

Cast: Chandran, Anandhi, Chinni Jayanth, Kishore, Harish Uttaman

 

Bharani (Kayal Chandran) and Babu (Kishore Ravichandran) hail from Theni and eke out an income with their lorry, which is about to be seized by the financier for not paying the dues. On a work trip to Chennai, the cash-starved duo decides to lend their truck to shift the house of Kumgumarajan (Chinnie Jayanth) so that they can make some extra bucks.

Meanwhile, for Bharani, it was love at first sight when he meets Ponni (Anandhi), Kumgumarajan’s daughter, and she also reciprocates. In the mean time, a hardcore criminal Mani Sharma (Harish Uttaman) robs a bank and to escape the police, who by then are on a hunt for him, dumps his bag with huge sum of money in Bharani’s lorry. Life changes when the inmates of the lorry discover the booty. They even want to go and settle in a place away from the hustle-bustle. However, Sharma loses track of the lorry and he goes on a wild search. The rest is all about whether Sharma succeeds in his search and if the cops manage to nab him etc and the film ending with an unexpected gloomy climax.

Chandran and Anandhi once again team up after Kayal and they give a decent performance, although there’s not much scope for them. Kishore is convincing and makes an impressive debut. It is Chinnie Jayanth who steals the show with his flawless feat and floors you with his different shades of acting.  Similarly, Harish Uttaman as the merciless killer does his job to near perfection.

The film drives home a point that greed for money is the root cause of all evil. Anbazhagan’s dialogues are good and he does not go overboard and is never preachy. The first half moves slowly. But, the tragic climax looks forced and is not creating the necessary impact.

Imman’s music especially his BGM elevates the proceedings. Ilayaraja’s cinematography captures the cool climate of Moonar and the striking hilly Theni terrain.

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