By Vivek Ramz
Starring: Arya, Premgi Amaren, Santhanam, Hansika Motwani, Anjali, Nassar, Ali, Neetu Chandra
Directed by: R Kannan
UTV Motion Pictures next production “Settai” is remake of superhit film 'Delhi Belly'. This adult rated comedy got remade in Tamil with clean “U” certificate and marketed as family entertainer, which raised few eyebrows. Has it worked? Big Naaaah!
What's it about?
Three friends working in a leading Tamil daily at Mumbai, land in trouble with a mafia gang when a parcel of smuggled diamonds gets exchanged with a stool sample. It all starts when Madhu (Hansika) asks her lover JK (Arya) to deliver a package. He in turns hands it over to his friend Cheenu (Premji) who delivers his room-mate Nadupakka Nakki’s (Santhanam) stool sample instead as he is suffering from dysentery. So, mafia gang headed by Nasser is after them for diamonds and the rest of the story is about how the three friends along with another fellow journalist (Anjali) escape from the gang.
Settai is an almost scene by scene adaptation of Delhi Belly minus the adult comedy for which it worked mainly in English and Hindi version. The Tamil version retains the essence of the original but the spark is missing throughout. Director Kannan is partly successful in converting the quirky flick into a decent entertainer but at the same time, most of the scenes fall flat just for the same reason of clean humour.
This unconventional script needs some kind of special treatment to make it work but sadly director Kannan fails in doing it and made it more mainstream with couple of duets. DB is actually meant for niche audience and worked big time. But here by making it clean and going for a larger audience, Settai ends up neither here nor there.
Kannan has got his cast almost right. Arya as JK looks uber-cool and done a decent job. Premji is apt as Cartoon columnist Cheenu, but it’s Santhanam who walks away with honours out of the three with his great one-liners and funny expressions. Anjali looks fresh as she plays the urban character for the first time. Fatso Hansika couldn’t act even in a dumb character like Madhu. Nasser did his best in a difficult role played perfectly by Vijay Raaz in the Original.
Songs are inserted just for the sake of it and does more harm to the pace of the film. Thaman’s beats are repetitive and doesn’t do any good either. John Mahendran’s dialogues are not bad and P.G.Muthiah & John Leo Paul have taken good care of cinematography and editing departments.
What to do?
Settai is a watered-down version of Delhi Belly. So, those who haven’t watched the original can have a look at it. Others better stay away.
in.com rating: 2.5/5
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