Boomerang, according to the dictionary, “is an act or utterance that backfires on its originator”. Hero Atharvaa says “Life is a boomerang”, in a crucial scene in the second half of the film to justify this title. Perhaps we can aver that this could be the core premise around which director R Kannan has spun his story adding many elements on the way.
Kannan’s intentions are highly noble and idealistic. We can also deduce that he is affected by the happenings in contemporary society and wants to raise his voice through his film. But, his thoughts just remain lofty and as a story narrator, he is not able to make it an interesting or an intense product that connects with the audience.
Water crisis is going to be a major issue in the coming days and rivers interlinking is seen as the only solution when monsoons fail. If implemented diligently, this has the potency to solve many of our problems. When Kannan has taken this subject, he should have dealt with it right from the word go. But the issue springs only post interval. To come to this stage, the first half is seen hopping an accident, a face transplant surgery, a lame love track and the usual hero-friend dialogues. For some viewers, the concept of face transplant and its consequences could be interesting but Hollywood and even Bollywood has made films on this subject many years ago.
The second half is totally in a different texture to the first half and therefore, as an audience, we feel we are getting to watch two different films. Since the first half is also not very strong, we forget what happened there when we watch the second half. Heroines Megha Akash and Induja are totally not needed in this story and minus them, the story would never suffer.
Kannan has dialogues that talk about farmer suicide, Sterlite closure issue, methane gas problem and all allied current issues. However, nothing seems to reach where it is intended. Some viewers might have a déjà vu feel with Vijay’s Kaththi. The opening scenes are a little gross and one feels that the director could have actually circumvented them.
There are no complaints on hero Atharvaa as the talented actor has given his 100% to the film. Upen Patel and R J Balaji come only post interval. Malavika Avinash and Suhasini Mani Ratnam are absolutely wasted in Boomerang. Looks like the director has divided the film into two halves with Satish and Megha Akash for 1st half and R J Balaji and Induja for the second. We also wonder what is the significance of Megha Akash being a film director, perhaps to mouth some lines on one of the ways to kill a person undetected?
There is nothing much to write about technical aspects in the film. Radhan has composed music and sometimes the loud and jarring background score makes one feel that the scenes would be better off without it.