Osthi – Tamil Movie Review

Producer: Mohan Apparao, T. Ramesh
Screenplay: Dileep Shukla, S. Dharani
Story: Dileep Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap
Star Cast : Simbu, Githan Ramesh, Richa Gangopadhyay, Sonu Sood, Saranya Mohan, Santhanam, Ganesh, Nassar, Revathi, Vijayakumar, Mayilsamy, Thambi Ramaiah, Mallika Sherawat
Direction : Dharani
Music : Thaman
Cinematography: Gopinath
Editing: V.T Vijayan
Studio: Balaji Real Media
Distributor: Reliance Entertainment

Director Dharani is one of the masters of commercial cinema. Dabanng is a commercial blockbuster in Bollywood. Simbu is an actor who combines style and substance in Kollywood. What happens when the three come together? A heady cocktail of a mass masala entertainer is the end result. That is Osthi for you.

It is like been on a roller-coaster ride with fun, speed and style from the word go. More of a movie that we had seen in our growing up days, Osthi promises more of action at quick pace.

But where Osthi breaks the grammar of commercial masala is that the male protoganist – the cop is not shown as an upright and a honest man. But still he has life in him. More of a ‘Robinhoodesque’ type, he is right there helping the needy and deserved most times. The male lead Osthi Velan is funny at times, witty at most times and stylish all the time.

After experimenting with movies like Vinnaithandi Varuvaya and Vaanam that carried lofty themes, comes Osthi from Simbhu’s kitty. In sharp contrast to his earlier outings, it is a stylish mass masala venture that may go down well with masses. What is interesting is that, Simbu seems to have done it with utmost joy as one would see a flash in his eyes whenever he utters a punchline or dance on screen.

Osthi Velan (STR) hogs all the limelight. He has romance, villains to fights, subordinates to make merry and family to emote. A tailor-made role for Simbu. A corrupt police officer, he helps the needy with the money he takes from influential men. There is one Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood) crossing swords with him. Somehow, the two don’t see eye to eye.

There is a growing enmity between them.

Osthi Velan lives life his own way and there is a half brother Balan (Jithan Ramesh) with whom he has an interesting rapport. Enters Neduvali (Richa Gangopadhyaya), daughter of a drunkard (VTV Ganesh).

Obviously romance blossoms between them. After singing some songs and shaking his legs for a mass number with Mallika Sherawat. Osthi Velan takes up his last weapon to end the on-going battle with Boxer Daniel. Watch out for Simbu flaunting his hard-earned six-pack abs in the climax.

The movie is certainly not for those who try to find logic in cinema. It is free-flowing, devoid of any sense. Dharani has ensured that if a movie is laced with mass elements at quick succession, half the battle is won. Thankfully Simbu translates his dreams well on screen.

Simbu rocks all the way. He gives a matured performance and serious about his task. He combines humour with style. Richa is refreshing and bubbles with enthusiasm. Sonu Sood recreates the Dabanng magic here. He enacted the same role in original with greater perfection. Santhanam’s rib-tickling comedy and enough screen space for Jithan Ramesh makes it count.

Dharani has ensured everyone in the film including Nasser, Revathy, Thambi Ramiah, Vaiyapuri or Mayilsamy gets a part to play. Thaman’s music gives a lift to the film. The pacy numbers are foot-tapping with cinematographer Gopinath capturing them in a grand manner.

Osthi is no serious film, but one that may end up entertaining you.

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