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Review: Godfather is enjoyable in parts

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Feb 22, 2020, 6:18 pm IST
Updated Feb 22, 2020, 6:18 pm IST
A thriller that could have used a tauter screenplay
A scene from Godfather.
 A scene from Godfather.
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Cast: Natraj Subramaniam, Lal, Ananya
Direction: Jegan Rajshekar

Even as the animated title credits begin to roll, a lion is seen trying to hunt down a deer. It reveals what the film is all about. And debutant director Jegan Rajshekar has symbolically named his lead characters in this survival thriller as Marudhu ‘Singham’ (Lal) and Adhiya ‘maan’ (Natraj Subramaniam).

 

Adhiyamaan, a young middle class office goer, is a contented man who lives with his loving wife Mithra (Ananya) and adorable son Arjun (Aswanth) in a multi-storeyed apartment. Life goes smoothly for Adhi until one day he unknowingly falls in dreaded gangster Marudhu’s trap.

The latter’s little son has a malfunctioning heart, and doctors say he can only be saved with a heart transplant. But the problem is to find a donor matching the boy’s age and blood group. Marudhu sends his henchmen out to check various hospital records to locate a suitable kid. Arjun’s stats match his son’s needs. So he decides to kill Arjun and harvest his heart for his son. Thus begins a survival drama, which largely takes place within an apartment complex. How Adhi uses his wits to save his child forms the rest of the story.

Natraj for the first time plays a family man sans action sequences, and does well. He brings out the whole range of emotions including anxiety and fear very well. Ananya is back after a long time and gives a measured performance. Lal as the menacing villain is adequate. Aswanth continues his good act from Super Deluxe.

Rajshekar tried to present an edge-of-the seat thriller in Hollywood style and succeeds to a large extent. However, had he had a tauter screenplay and closed all logical loopholes, the film would have made a difference. The BGM of Naveen Ravindhran is a major plus.

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