Cast: Raghava Lawrencce, Nikki Galrani, Sathyaraj and Ashutosh Rana…..
In Motta Siva Ketta Siva, a remake of Telugu film Pataas, Lawrencce is introduced as Makkal (People’s) Superstar and you know that’s not a good sign. It doesn’t take much time to realise that the title is a mockery of super-stardom and the film is a blow to your sensibilities.
When Lawrencce made the Kanchana series – Muni, Kanchana and Kanchana 2 – and managed to make it click at the box-office, people and the trade believed he had cracked a successful formula. Nobody thought that he was, perhaps, just lucky. Cashing in on the highly successful franchise, he returns with Motta Siva Ketta Siva in a full-length commercial avatar, defying logic and gravity.
He shows his desperation to be accepted as a star (which backfires in his face) and he goes all out to prove he has it in him. If the thought was silly, his attempt to prove is sillier.
Lawrencce plays a hot-headed and corrupt cop, who abhors his father, his superior in the department. The reason for his extreme hatred towards his father is used as a lame excuse to make Lawrencce’s character transform and he becomes even more menacing which only results in more dialoguebaazi, flying goons in all directions and a heroine who promises more oomph than acting chops.
Lawrence, unsurprisingly, excels in stylish moves in the dance sequences, fights with grace and pulls off the role of a cop decently with his attitude. But the scenes involving his emotional flashback lack conviction and could have been developed in a better way. The character of Sathyaraj is side-lined often, while that of Ashutosh Rana faces nativity issues. Though the film boasts a bevy of actors like Kovai Sarala, Sathish, VTV Ganesh, Thambi Ramaiah, etc, their roles appear more as extended cameos. A few scenes which were enjoyable (rather decent) in the Telugu version, like the transformation of the hero and the father-son relationship, appear ineffective here. The bizarre scene (due to execution) of mothers beating up their college-going children, one of the awkward scenes in Pataas, has been retained in this version, too. Nevertheless, the film follows the regular template of a cop story.
The songs Hara Hara Mahadeva Ki, featuring Raai Laxmi, and Adaludan Paadalai Kettu, a remix of the yesteryear MGR song, which has Nikki Galrani, provide ample scope for glamour and the actresses add some oomph factor to keep the viewers glued to the screen.