I walked in to watch “Thillu Mullu” with least expectation, but I was pleasantly surprised and also a tad annoyed with the film. The reason I was surprised is that the film had its share of funny moments that were outrightly hilarious, while I was equally annoyed because it is extremely long with an extended climax that’s solely written to satisfy fans of Santhanam. Nevertheless I think it’s the moments between Shiva and Prakash Raj that make up for an entertaining watch.
Originally based on the Hindi classic “Golmaal”; “Thillu Mullu” is the remake of 1981 film of the same film in the same language featuring Rajinikanth.
For those who have watched the original, it is easy to follow the story because there’s hardly any change in it except for the inclusion of few additional characters. It’s basically how a character called Pasupathy, who in an effort to impress his pious boss to save his job, gets caught up in a mess of playing twin brothers. In between all this, he finds time to fall in love with his boss’s daughter only to blow his own cover in the process.
Is it because he was an RJ before he became an actor or he’s a natural; Shiva has impeccable timing for comedy. The film has some promising lines that don’t reek of toilet humour but are genuinely funny. Prakash Raj, who plays the strict and pious boss, also has some really good lines. The rest of the actors though get fewer lines that rarely entertain, especially Kovai Sarla, who is becoming louder with every movie.
Even though humour might entertain you, it’s not difficult to predict how it unfolds in the film. The lines are not witty but plain slapstick with a touch of sarcasm. And there is this whole scene involving double meaning conversation that doesn’t evoke hardly any laughter.
I only wish remakes boast some creativity. But, come to think of it, it’s safe from a filmmaker’s perspective to stick to the original and tested formula of storytelling while handling a remake. We are probably too scared to experiment that we end up making films that are ideally targeted at the masses. This is one of the areas where Thillu Mullu fails miserably.
The film’s running time is another worrying concern. The whole Dubai episode is such a waste of time and the makers could have saved lot of money had they dropped that scene. The film could’ve been easily chopped by at least good 15 minutes.
Watch Thillu Mullu with least expectations like I did and you are likely to enjoy. I hope so. You will enjoy it more if you’re a fan of Shiva.