By Vivek Ramz
Studio Green's Alex Pandian is the big Pongal release as rising big star of Tamil Cinema, Karthi joins hands with Suraaj who's known for his typical commercial pot-boilers. The title itself evokes interest as it's the name of the famous character played by Superstar Rajnikanth in Moondru Mugam. Furthermore, the film is marketed heavily by studio green in all possible ways and got more visibility, thereby higher no. of screens than other Pongal releases. But all this hype and hoopla didn't last for even few hours after release.
What's it about?
The film opens with the high octane action sequence where a group of goons chase Anushka and to no one's surprise, Alex Pandian (Karthi) jumps into the scene and thrashes the goons. After enough slow motion shots for Karthi fans to scream and whistle, Alex & Anushka jump into the river bed. In the next scene we are introduced to Karthi staying in Santhanam's house much to his dismay. Karthi's romantic plays with Santhanam's three sisters (Akanksha, Nikitha & Sanusha) not only irritate Santhanam but viewers too.
Anushka is admitted to an ashram for Ayurvedic treatment. Meanwhile, Alvin Martin (Milind Soman) searches for Karthi and Anushka. Only at the end of first half, it's revealed that Karthi has indeed kidnapped Anushka (CM's daughter) as per Alvin & Dr. GKM's (Suman) plan. Alvin wants to supply thousand crores worth of illegal medicine, restricted in US in Tamil Nadu and wants CM's approval. As CM found that it has lot of side effects, the goons ordered Alex to kidnap Anushka. But Anushka fell for Alex during her brief stay in the forest and changed his mind and the rest of the story is about how Alex beats the bad guys and saves CM's daughter from them.
Alex Pandian is unintentionally funny right from the opening scene where Karthi does larger- than-life stunts in mid-air. Director Suraaj has taken the plot from hundreds of mindless masala movies and has not even bothered to have a single new scene. As a result, the film falls flat especially when it should have taken off with twists. Villains in the film are just caricatures and evoke more laughs than the comedians. It's high time director Suraaj thought of something new than repeatedly giving crap in the name of commercial entertainers.
Karthi tried his best to save the film in most parts but the poor script didn't help. But he shines in his comic timing with Santhanam and has improved his dancing skills to some extent. This film is Karthi's best bet to establish himself as a mass hero in the leagues of Rajni, Vijay, etc. but the weak direction let him down big time. Anushka appears in very few scenes and hardly makes an impression. Santhanam, along with 'Lollu Sabha' fame Manohar brings the roof down in few sequences. Milind Soman, Suman, Prathap Pothen and other huge line-up of cast wasted due to the poor script.
Alex Pandian has rich production values with lot of scope, especially in action but Suraaj didn't exploit them properly. Action choreography is below average. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is too loud and songs are his typical template numbers and don't help the film in any way. Cinematography by Saravanan is just about okay whereas editing by Praveen-Srikanth duo is good. Overall, Alex Pandian is just another masala entertainer with formulaic ending, which might work in only C centres with its crass comedy and action overdose.
What to do?
Don't spoil the festive mood by going for Alex Pandian, give it a miss not only in theatres but also on TV after few months!
in.com rating: 1/5
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