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Ra Ra

Ra Ra
Udaya, Ponvannan, Adithya, Satyan, Swetha Basu
Srikanth Deva
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Much expectation was probably riding on Ra Ra, for its hero Udaya, who is the son of producer and actor AL Azhagappan, and brother of ace director AL Vijay, who has been trying to make his own mark as an actor.

The story revolves around Bharathi( Udaya) and his family, consisting of his dad, mom, brother, sister-in-law and sister. Saravanan, a rich cloth merchant, is very particular that the Thirukural is recited regularly within his home and whenever Bharathi wants to please his dad, he recites a kural or two and proves an exemplary son, even though he is upto his youthful antics the rest of the time. In all, it’s a happy existence.

Into this scenario comes love, in the form of Gayathri, whom Bharathi sights on the road one day, carrying a veena and hurrying to a college cultural, in a two wheeler, with a Brahmin priest. Bharathi falls for her and assumes that she is from his community and so there will be no opposition at home for marriage. When Gayathri comes home and sees the lifestyle and sacred atmosphere in the Bharathi household, she is worried.

Bharathi and his family like her immensely and now want to meet her parents to fix the wedding. But the truth is, she hails from an entirely different background, that of a Royapuram family, with her brother Dhana ( Aditya), being a rowdy who hacks down people left and right. What’s more, her family’s large mansion, is in the middle of a fishing township, while she herself was sent into a city hostel to continue her education. The two families are as different as chalk and cheese!

When Bharathi learns of this, he is disturbed. But his love wins and he decides to find a way out for marriage. So, he embarks on a strange plan. He persuades Dhana and his family, to masquerade as Brahmins and after much effort, even manages to teach them several Kurals to please his dad.

Everything is smooth sailing when the two families meet at Bharathi’s home. But when Saravanan wants to go to the girl’s house for the engagement ceremony, Dhana is in a fix. How can he invite them to Royapuram and the settlement of huts reeking of fish and surrounded with his rowdy gang? So he decides to hire a house in Mylapore and lend himself some credibility in the eyes of Saravanan.

All is going according to Bharathi’s plan, when a blast from the past steps in. An enemy of Saravanan, wants to destroy him and in the process reveal the secret Bharathi has been keeping from his family. Does Bharathi succeed or does Saravanan find out and raise hell? See the film to find out!

The film has its highlights, due mainly to the fine tuning of characters by the director and a good performance by the entire cast. The light family atmosphere in Bharathi’s home is well depicted. Ponvannan’s obsession with the Kural seems over the top in the beginning but it is crucial to the story, is what we discover later.

The scenes where the two families meet are hilarious, with rowdies trying to play goody two shoes and reciting the Kurals. Udaya and Swetha make a good pair and the heroine’s eyes and smile light up the screen. Udaya has a log way to go as far as acting and dancing goes. One particular song, which is packed with Kurals, is particularly unique and engaging, and also well picturised.

The stark contrast between the two families is well brought out. The action scenes are just about adequate and there is just the right mix of sentiment, comedy and emotions. The acting of Ponvannan and Adhitya deserve special mention, as they are so steeped into their characters and carry the film on their shoulders. Aditya’s swift expression changes, from rowdy to good guy, make for some good laughs, as do the antics of the rest of the cast which includes his parents, wife and henchmen.

Ra Ra, with its light hearted comedy and pleasant visuals, is worth a watch for anyone with time on their hands. And kudos to the director and team for a novel approach to incorporating the Thirukural into a film, in these modern times.

Verdict : Average


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