Oct 12 2016
Sivakarthikeyan is racing up the ladder of stardom with a string of hits but one of the problems I have with him is that he is completely stereotyped. As I mentioned in a previous review, if a scene from one his movies plays on TV, it is difficult to identify the film it is from since most of his movies are so alike. On paper, his latest film Remo seemed to be different. It had a strong technical crew(P.C.Sreeram, who gives us some bright visuals, Resul Pookkutty and Anirudh, who delivers a fantastic soundtrack), Siva seemed to be doing something different(dressing up as a woman) and there was no Soori to keep him company. Those might help identify the film when its scenes play on TV but other than that, the film feels like a standard Sivakarthikeyan outing.
Siva plays SK who falls for Kavya(a pretty Keerthy Suresh) but she gets engaged soon after. This allows SK to indulge in his usual girl-bashing(it sounds even more ridiculous here when he blames girls for making boys weep since Kavya doesn’t know who he is. Thankfully there’s no song. That comes much later in the form of Davuyaa…). SK gets the chance to audition for a K.S.Ravikumar film and when he learns that the director is looking for an actor who can play a woman on screen, he transforms into a nurse(the audition allows him to once showcase his mimicry skills). But that brings him back in touch with Kavya who christens him Remo and finds him a job.
Sivakarthikeyan in a woman’s garb is obviously the film’s biggest attraction. The nurse getup, in which he spends most of his time, sits well on him and he has the mannerisms(the way he bats his eyelids, the slightly exaggerated gait, the hand gestures) to pull the role off with a slightly comic touch without being cheap or vulgar(Remo Nee… is a fun bgm for his appearances as the nurse). And its not just the nurse getup. There are a few other costumes(a saree and even a nighty) that he manages to look at home in.
But the film doesn’t do much with him after dressing him up in a woman’s clothes. He plants the seeds of love in Kavya’s heart, goes around cheering up the kids in the hospital, illustrates the strength of love using the victim of an acid attack and beats up bad guys. Technically, he could’ve done all of the above without any kind of make-up. The film doesn’t exploit the opportunities thrown up by the scenario of a man dressed up as a woman and so is unable to come up with the kind of crazy situations that Avvai Shanmugi did(Yogi Babu falls for Remo but is hardly around to contribute to the comedy). So there’s not much the film offers beyond the gimmick of seeing Sivakarthikeyan play a woman.
The film doesn’t do a lot with Siva’s dual act either and there are not many laughs as he befriends Kavya while acting as Remo and at the same time woos her as SK. The film gives us a glimpse of what could be done in one scene where Kavya visits his house looking for Remo while he is in SK mode. With Saranya’s excited act, Sathish’s one-liners and Siva’s nervousness as he avoids detection, the sequence has more energy and laughs than the rest of the movie put together. The film needed more of this but a few scattered one-liners are all we get the rest of the time.