But wait, that is not the basic story. It is more complicated.
It's about the bonding between conjoined twins both played by
Surya, who are born
after Prof Ramachandran (Sachin Khedekar) performs many experiments
in artificial insemination in trying to create the ultimate gene
factory. Despite his efforts to implant the best sperm bank in his
wife's womb, Surya square is born as conjoined twins much against
his wishes. Later, the professor forms a company called Locus
Lactos Limited which makes a billion dollar energy drink called
Energion. But a team from Ukraine suspect that the drink is
debilitating the health of the consumers. What happens next will
form an interesting part of the story.
KV Anand has actually steamrolled three stories into one story
and like the father of the conjoined twins tried to infuse a giant
killer of a plot that will be called the mother of all films. There
is a story of conjoined twins, industrial espionage and Genetically
Modified foods. Allowing the three stories to interact with each
other in a simple plot of action and romance is the biggest mistake
Anand has made. The most glaring defect in the story is the weak
characterization of father Ramachandran. How can a father be so
heartless to kill his own sons? Had the villain been somebody else,
it would have felt differently. The initial sixty minutes, the film
is quite interesting. But after the interval, there ends the best
part of the film and all the soul in it. The second half bores you
with the tedium of the plot that's already known well before the
interval. It reminded me of 7th Sense. In a bid to make it
international the film over-concentrates on the dense and
complicated plot without checking for its emotional content,
Why does a father want to kill his own children? How can higher
market share of a drink correlate with rising health hazards of
children who consume it? How come everybody from Food Inspector to
the highest authorities and police turn a Nelson's eye to the
frauds perpetrated by the company and nobody detects except
competition and eventually family members? What is the connection
between a sperm bank and conjoined twins? What is the most harmful
substance in an Energy Drink, lets say Red-Bull? What is the
connection between Genetically Modified Organisms and the killer
product? KV Anand has dropped jargon-sounding words in the middle
of a script.
My point is that nobody denies cinematic licenses to creative directors to experiment with new genres and present different themes under one roof but why do they do poor homework, play with the wrong emotions and mess up the plot? Why over-complicate? Why not make a documentary on GM Foods or Drug trials instead of making films that suck?
The real casualty is Surya because this film will definitely disappoint his fans despite his superlative performance as conjoined twins. Showing two different shades as conjoined twins was sheer brilliance and he excels with his all-round talents. He shows class and mass with ease unlike other heroes. Performances by Kajal is average despite huge potential of full-length role. Kajal is becoming predictable as a glamour doll without any new variations. Sachin Khedekar has got a plumpy role and he makes most capital of it after Surya, of course.
Music by Harris Jayaraj has been good in parts. Since Harris Jayaraj has got a proclivity towards incorporating Russian instrumentation in his music, he composes his heart out in a few songs set in the backdrop of the Ex-Russian republics but not many memorable numbers to root for. His BGM is better than the songs but all said, Harris Jayaraj is a gifted composer whose stamp on Surya's career has been most vivid and it follows here too.
Cinematography and visual effects have been brilliant and at least two songs - one starring Isha Sarvaani and another starring the conjoined twins romancing Kajal in Norway were brilliantly picturised.
Stunts by Peter Hein have been very impressive. The fight before interval running for over 18 minutes is astonishingly shot with all the roller coaster and speed-revolving trains orbiting at their speeds and a frighteningly risky fight ensues between the twins and the rowdies.
On the whole, the movie doesn't deliver and has lot of mental
flaws that disengages you from the right mood to watch the film
because of wrong emotions, lack of a good romantic track between
Surya and Kajal. You can give 1.5 for the technical efforts of the
director and one more for Surya's masterly effort but afterwards
you have to say "Oh My God". 2.5 out of 5 but not a film that
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Director: KV Anand
Cast: Surya, Kajal Aggarwal, Sachin Khedekar,
Vivek and others
Music: Haris Jayaraj
Release date: 12th October