Bangalore Naatkal: Film Review – A Sincere Remake of the Original

 Verdict: A refreshing feel-good entertainer

Remaking a film isn’t as easy as it seems. A filmmaker has to retain the essence of the original, whilst infusing his own style into the film. And, expectations of a remake are doubled, when the original has been deemed a classic. Director, Bommarillu Bhaskar has checked all the boxes though in his film Bangalore Naatkal. The movie stays faithful to the original – Malayalam superhit, Bangalore Days. It offers some fun moments, and surprises the audience with plot twists, which depict some amount of realism. 

The film is centered around three cousins, whose aim is to travel to Bangalore and rediscover their lives in the big city. Their lives in the city seem like a bed of roses, until each of them faces the big hurdles. Not the ones to be deterred easily, the cousins support each other during the hard times. Each character’s individuality is reflected in their actions. They may come across as immature and aimless, but the situations they find themselves in change them for better.
 
The film’s story is rather simple, yet strives to be a compelling watch. The story is crafted in a way that each characters story is treated like a  separate track, and yet it merges with the plot quite nicely. The audience will easily connect with the characters. For instance, Rana Daggubati’s character looks tough on the outside, but only as the story progresses, it is further sketched out.  
 
 
The film’s strength is the way Bhaskar has treated the story. It’s a sincere remake of the original. Every scene and frame is replicated perfectly. The visuals look vibrant. The camera captures Bangalore so well you’re instantly drawn to it. The music by Gopi Sunder is another positive. The tunes featured in the original movie are included in this film as well.
 
It’s a task to stand out in a multi starrer, and the cast of this film has given it all. However, it can’t be unnoticed that the unique flavor the original had isn’t quite there in this film. Blame it on the misfit cast or the relevance, this film falls short of the charm Bangalore Days had. Sri Divya, Bobby Simha and Arya play their respective roles with sincerity. More downers are the dialogues and staged performances by the supporting artists that make Bangalore Naatkal almost look like a dubbed film. The sequences between Arya and Parvathy are probably some of the best parts of the film. Parvathy bring in a distinct style to her role. Saranya Ponvannan stands out in her role as the curious mother.
 
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
 
This film is a must-watch for those who haven’t seen Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days. With A-list actors, this multi starrer is surely a watchable affair.
 

Release Date: 5th February, 2016
Language: Tamil
Director: Bommarillu Bhaskar
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Cast & Crew: Arya, Sri Divya, Bobby Simha, Samantha, Rana Daggubati, Raai Laxmi, Parvathy, Prakash Raj, Saranya Ponvannan
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