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இந்த விமர்சனத்துல ஒவ்வொரு வார்த்தையும், ஒவ்வொரு எழுத்தும், ஒவ்வொரு புள்ளியும் நானா செதுக்குனதுடா (In this review, every word, every letter, every dot has been sculpted by me)
If I write the entire review in this fashion, will you like it? If so, you have the mental strength to watch the epic called Remo. The only movie in Tamil movie history that had more contemporary movie references than Remo was Tamizh Padam. Does that mean this movie is a spoof? Not so surprisingly, the movie crew does not believe so. Every character spews out some reference from Rajini to Ajith to Vijay. When they run out of it, they use Siva Karthikeyan’s
Remo could have been inspired by “Tootsie” – a struggling actor dressing up like a woman to win a part but the similarity ends there. In fact, you will be happy that the director did not attempt to remake the movie because looking at his work, he would have butchered Tootsie in to pieces. Remo is the usual stalking movie (in the disguise of romantic comedy), where a guy stalks a girl in to “love” by saying lies and deceit . In Remo, he disguises as a woman and implants terrible things about the guy to whom the girl is engaged to. Of course, it’s not a problem because the guy is a douchebag – as the Tamil audience will not accept a girl dumping a good guy (oh, they did in Minnale and since then, the Tamil movies hate decent men).
How long are we going to approve this stupidity and blatant sexism that runs in the name of romantic comedies? The women of this actual world are sensible enough not to fall for this. The glorification of one-side ‘love’ stories and the violence (both mental and physical) that is purported in lieu of that is cringe worthy. In Remo, the hero unleashes a mental violence on the woman, pushes her in to the corner through deception and makes her “fall in love”. The problem here is the woman in question has been portrayed as the one who is against it (she lectures the hero taking an example of acid attack victim), his mother justifies his actions and his friends too. And to cap it all, the hero bad mouths the heroine even before he gets introduced to her and of course, there is a “woman-bashing” song. Incorrigible is an understatement.
Leaving out the social issues that I mentioned above, as a movie, it is neither romantic nor comic. Surprisingly, the best of comedy sequences are taken by Sathish and he brings down the house with some timely funny jokes. The super-hyped cross dressing role of Siva Karthikeyan falls flat because of his incomplete expressions and limited acting scope of that role. The camera carefully camouflaged the long shots in order to avoid his walking sequences (except at couple of places). The role lacks the brilliance of Kamal (in Avvai Shanmughi) or even the finesse of effeminate Shivashankar in Varalaru (played by Ajith). Incidentally, one of the scenes features how KS Ravikumar got the best out of Ajith (in Varalaru – that he revealed in an interview long back) while teaching Siva Karthikeyan (Siva become Remo to act in a KS Ravikumar inside this movie). Siva Karthikeyan’s Remo is totally about the close up shots and not so surprisingly he fights like a man, acts like a man, emotes like a man inside a woman’s dress. If you have seen KS Ravikumar’s movies with cross-dressing/effeminate characters, he specifically goes for lengthy shots of walking in order to establish the characterisations and extracts superlative performances from his actors. And probably they overpaid the costume designer because Remo seems to walk with nurse cap everywhere. Literally. Everywhere. Even in the theatre while watching a movie (by the way, movie directors, there are differences in the way nurse caps are worn based on the positions they hold).
The movie also reeks with illogical sequences that test your patience. All men and women of this world should learn how to change the dress, make-up and footwear and also run to the other end of the road in exactly 10 seconds. In fact, there is a secret news that Superman and Flash are planning to take lessons from Remo. There is also a huge speculation that Remo is a science fiction camouflaged as romantic comedy as scientists have found that Remo alone lives in an alternate universe in which he actually stole the anti-ageing time machine from 24 so that he can freeze time (aathiramaga varuthu Athreya).
And also, the economists and businessmen from all-over the world are researching on how to be rich like SK. He owns a Yamaha FZ, Vespa and a vintage car but lives in a modest middle class house and doesn’t have any work to do (even his single mother). There is nothing to talk about Anirudh’s music and while listening to Vaadi En Tamil Selvi, you will realise that the doomsday for Tamil lyrics is near.
Remo epitomises everything that is wrong with Tamil cinema – wafer thin story line, trying to be different for the sake of it, blatant sexism, over-glorification of stalking, logical loopholes and above all over use of references of actors in order to buy applauses from audience.
Don’t waste your time watching this movie. May be watch Avvai Shanmughi again. Better. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone. Even to the most jobless person in the world. Even to the director of this movie.
PS., If you know the name of the director, you will understand the video below. Purinjavan pistha.