Critic’s Rating : / 5
Varalaru Mukkiyam Movie Review : A sexist comedy that’s more archaic than history
Varalaaru Mukkiyam Movie Review: Varalaaru Mukkiyam begins with a scene set in 2050, but even before we can get our hopes up, the opening scene itself dashes even the minimal expectation we may have had from the film. What we experience is two-and-a-half hours of a sexist, inane, humour less mess that is so infantile and lacking even in narrative tension. The film revolves around Karthik (Jiiva), who keeps saying that he’s a YouTuber, though we hardly see him do anything other than going after Yamuna (Kashmira Pardeshi), the ‘Mallu girl’ who has moved into his neighbourhood. The plot – if we could be generous enough to call it that – is about whether he finally gets to marry her, though for most parts, the film just rambles along aimlessly from one pointless scene to the next. Somewhere in all this, we have VTV Ganesh’s character, a minister who is Karthik’s buddy and romantic advisor.
Director Santhosh Rajan seems to have been influenced by the adult comedies of Santhosh P Jayakumar in coming up with this film. Sadly, with even the latter having moved on from such crass attempts, it only makes this film seem even more dated. The unimaginative writing and the juvenile ideas seem to be in a contest to determine which of the two is the most archaic. In a scene, after Karthik beats up the men who are stalking his sister, his friend asks him if he isn’t doing the same with Yamuna. He justifies saying, “Avangala irritate panra maadhiri panna koodathu” and then does the same. Worse, he tells her that she’s tempting and torturing him! The casual sexism even comes as visual cues. In a scene, when Karthik talks to Yamuna about weapons, the camera glides to her bosom and even further down. The irony is that she also falls for it and starts romancing him!
There are hardly any redeeming qualities. There’s some madcap energy in the climactic portion, but even this seems exciting only at a conceptual level. Jiiva tries his best, but his effort only seems misplaced. Like someone who fervently keeps polishing a piece of rock without realising that it’s not diamond, he continues to give it his all to scripts that he shouldn’t have chosen in the first place. You feel like telling him, Varalaaru mukkiyam, but script selection adha vida mukkiyam.