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Bhaskar Oru Rascal movie review: Arvind Swami is the saving grace in this lousy remake

While it is refreshing to see Arvind Swami as a short-tempered and hot-headed man, Bhaskar Oru Rascal has little else to offer.

movie reviews Updated: May 17, 2018 15:14 IST
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Bhaskar Oru Rascal, starring Arvind Swami and Amala Paul, is a remake of Malayalam hit Bhaskar The Rascal which starred Mammootty in the lead.

Film: Bhaskar Oru Rascal
Director: Siddique
Cast: Arvind Swami, Amala Paul, Nainika, Raghavan, Soori and Aftab Shivdasani
Rating: 2/5

In a departure from the kind of roles in which we’ve seen him so far, Arvind Swami in Bhaskar Oru Rascal plays a businessman who deals like a thug. He’s short-tempered and hot-headed. He likes to beat up and then talk. If you’re a fan of the actor, it’s refreshing to see Arvind in a role we’d never expect him to take up. He’s effortless as Bhaskar, and he’s a treat to watch. Unfortunately, all this effort isn’t quite justified in the film, which is a lousy remake of Mammootty starrer Bhaskar The Rascal.

The story revolves two single parents -- Arvind and Amala Paul -- their lives’ philosophy are poles apart. But they’re brought together by their children who happen to be classmates and very good friends. How things pan out when they decide to come together forms the crux of the story.

It’s quite surprising that someone even decided to remake Bhaskar The Rascal, which was never remake-worthy. The film was a surprise hit in Malayalam, but it doesn’t suit Tamil sensibilities because so many similar films have been made over the years in Kollywood. Arvind is its saving grace, and if not for him, this would be a tedious film to watch. Even as the slightly over-the-top and annoying thug, he’s entertaining at times.

Child artistes impress, especially Nainika (second from left), in an otherwise a dull movie.

Raghavan and Nainika, the two kids from the film, have a long way to go in the industry. They’re really good in their respective roles. Nainika is unbelievably young to carry such a role but she is terrific and delivers an applause-worthy performance. Amala doesn’t have much to do in a role that like most others expects her to look good on screen.

Barring moments where one can find relief in comedy, Siddique’s Bhaskar Oru Rascal falls flat on its face and emerges as one of the most boring films in recent times.

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First Published: May 17, 2018 15:06 IST