By Vivek Ramz
I Pictures and Magic Frames production “Chennaieil Oru Naal” is almost faithful remake of critically acclaimed Malayalam film “Traffic”, which's loosely based on an actual incident at Chennai.
What's it about?
The film starts with a tragic accident on September 16 at Chennai by a lady in car who was chased by few bike riders. Sathyamoorthy, a Traffic constable (Cheran) who got suspended for getting a bribe, joins back for duty after Minister's recommendation on the same date. Gowtham Krishna (Prakash Raj), a leading hero popularly known as Shining star finishes his live interview in a hurry to attend his daughter's heart operation at Velur hospital on the same day. Karthik, who's about to interview Gowtham on the day of his joining is the guy who met up with accident. The doctors who know that Karthik's going to die soon ask his parents to donate his heart to help another child.
Meanwhile, Dr. Robin (Prasanna) who is excited to present a new car to his wife's (Iniya) birthday on Sep 16, gets to know that she has an affair with his friend. When Karthik's parents finally agree for heart donation to Gowtham's child, Chennai Commissioner (Sarath) appoints Satyamoorthy, Robin & Karthik's friend to execute the near impossible mission of transferring the heart from Chennai to Velur covering a distance of around 170 kms within 2 hours. The rest of the film is about whether and how they complete the mission on time.
Director Shaheed Khader who worked as an assistant to the original film's director Rajesh Pillai, has done a decent job in remaking it. However, his version of making it more commercial for Tamil audience with Suriya's cameo & few songs backfired. The romantic duet between Sachin and Parvathi Menon during the opening is totally unwanted and fails to set the tempo required for a message oriented film like this.
The film takes its own time to introduce the characters and their background, but picks up pace during the start of mission and set for a racy second half. However, Suriya's cameo during the final scenes just irritate the viewers towards the end especially the sequence of going back and forth between Surya's message and car scenes in Jinthabad.
The movie has a big cast and all actors have equal space to perform. Sarath Kumar is okay as Commissioner of Police Sundara Pandian. Prakash Raj as Gautham Krishna is impressive and scores well in the inteview sequence. Cheran, Prasanna and Radhikaa have put their acting skills to good use and Jayaprakash & Lakshmy Ramakrishnan impresses even in their very limited screen space. Iniya and other artistes too done their part well.
The film is short and crispy with just around around 2 hours running time. Editing by Mahesh Narayanan is slick and cinematography is not bad. Music by Mejo Joseph is below average and background score could have been better to bring out the emotions.
What to do?
Chennaieil Oru Naal is not a bad film at all and can be watched once just for the intent of the makers, especially if you haven't seen the original.
Rating – 2.5/5
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