Cast: Arvind Swamy, Amala Paul, Nasser, Baby Nainika, Master Raghavan
Bhaskar Oru Rascal, directed by the same person who made the Mammootty starrer Bhaskar the Rascal, is a kind of comedy film featuring Arvind Swamy and Amala Paul in crucial roles. Bhaskar (Arvind Swamy) is an affluent businessman and he likes to deal rough when negotiations need to be done.
Being a widower, Bhaskar lives with his dad (Nasser) and looks after his school kid Akash (Master Raghavan.) Akash’s classmate is Shivani (Nainika) and while she is amused by Bhaskar’s brashness, Akash in turn clicks with Shivani’s mom Anu (Amala Paul) who is mature and calm. However, Anu isn’t as impressed by Bhaskar’s antics as her daughter, and things sort of drift along without any life changing results. The children decide to take things into their own hands and they make a plan to get their parents together and married. Adults can be swayed by the wholesomeness of children and things seem to fall in place. Just then, Anu’s husband (Aftab Shivdasani), whom everyone presumed was dead, appears out of nowhere and what happens afterwards forms the reminder of the film.
As one would expect, Arvind Swamy is the center of the film. He gives a good performance in all aspects - his relationships with dad, son, Anu and co. At one instance he’s brash and assertive and when facing Amala Paul, he’s awkward and even a bit embarrassed. Amala Paul is pretty, glamorous, and matured as per the demands of her role. As with all Tamil films, there are the comedy folks and this quota is filled by Robo Shankar and Soori. They’re alright, though it’s up to the writers (and director) to get the work out of them. Nasser and family portrayals go hand in hand and Master Raghavan fits in seamlessly. Baby Nainika doesn’t have much of a say in her dialogues.
On the technical side, Amresh Ganesh’s songs and backgrounds are acceptable and Vijay Ulaganath’s camerawork quite excellent. Parts of the film amble along aimlessly and the editing could have sharpened it up a bit. Although the first half is brisk and entertaining, director Siddique could have paid more attention to the latter parts of Bhaskar Oru Rascal. Amusing in parts, and watchable if you’re a fan of Arvind Swamy and Amala Paul....