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Tuesday 16 April 2024
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Bruce Lee Movie Review

Director: Prashanth Pandiyaraj

Cast: GV Prakash Kumar, Kriti Kharbanda, Bala Saravanan, Munishkanth

The film begins with a famous quote of Quentin Tarantino — ‘I steal from every single movie ever made’, with the next card proclaiming debut director Prashanth Pandiyaraj’s tweaked quote – ‘I get inspired from every single movie ever made’. After watching the half- baked and unamusing ‘Bruce Lee’ which was touted to be a black comedy, one wishes at least that Prashanth could have stuck to his words of getting inspiration – from sensible and admirable wacky black comedies of the past.

Gemini Ganesan (GV Prakash) is a timid fellow right from childhood and he gets scared of everything –from butterflies to police. His mom gives him the name Bruce Lee after she realizes that Ganesan is fond of watching Lee films on TV, which would hopefully make him brave. But he remains the same even as he grows. Fate convenes and makes it such that he finds a beautiful college girlfriend Saroja (Kriti Kharbanda) as his romantic interest. With his close buddy Abbas (Bala Saravanan) and his girlfriend, Bruce Lee’s life goes smoothly, until one day they chance upon the murder of actor turned politician Mansoor Ali Khan (Mansoor Ali Khan). They click a bunch of pictures on their camera as evidence.

The man who kills is a dreaded don Ramadoss (Munishkanth) who calls himself as Godfather and is obsessed with Hollywood characters from The Dark Knight and The Godfather and even sports their looks at times. Now, the foursome wants to expose Ramadoss and pass on the evidences to the commissioner of police, little aware that he is also a close aide of Godfather. Simultaneously, there is this ACP Shanmugapandian (Anandraj) and he too has a personal grouse on Godfather.

There’s hardly any story here. The characters are a bit blurry, and one cannot expect the actors to rise above this flawed script. So, GV Prakash’s cowardly act and non-stop talking throughout the film is uninspiring. Bala Saravanan to some extent is okay and though he impresses with his witty one-liners, it does become a bit stale after a certain point. Kriti has no scope to perform. Looks like the director was keen to give more screen space for the villain’s aides with many lacklustre flashbacks than assigning few more romantic scenes for Kriti. There is plenty of adult comedy. And going with the present trend, there are needless Thala (Ajith) – Thalapathy (Vijay) references.

Munishkanth – who rocked in the recent Maanagaram – does not make any impact here. Mottai Rajendran with his stupid antics is getting tedious. Mansoor and Anandraj are adequate.

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