Poor casting made the movie “Bangalore Naatkal”- a big disaster. Anjali Menon’s Malayalam film Bangalore Days was one of the biggest hits of 2014.
Its lead actors Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim touched the hearts of viewers not just in Kerala but across the country with their natural charm and spontaneity.Unfortunately, Arya, Bobby Simha and Sri Divya, who play the lead in the Tamil remake Bangalore Naatkal, fail to evoke the same feeling.
Their relationship seems rather forced and overly sweetened. The spontaneous hugs, jokes and unspoken love between cousins is totally missing. Despite the poor casting choices, the film does manage to keep you entertained with its refreshing premise and the ensemble cast, which also includes Rana Daggubati, Samantha, Parvathy and Raai Laxmi.
StoryLine : It's a story of three cousins—Arjun (Arya), Kannan (Bobby Simha) and Divya (Sri Divya)—who move to Bangalore for their own reasons. Arjun is a biker whose parents are separated. He is close to his cousins Kannan, a software engineer and Divya who dreams of becoming an IIM grad. Into Divya's life comes Prasad (Rana Daggubati), a workaholic whom she ends up marrying because of her dad. Kannan dates an air hostess (Raai Laxmi). Arjun falls in love with RJ Sarah (Parvathy). One day Divya is shocked to find the presence of another girl in her husband's life. Rest of the story you can see on screen.
Bommarillu Bhaskar’s just opened Tamil work, Bangalore Naatkal -- which is a remake of Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days in Malayalam -- also lends itself to a good measure of comparison. Honestly, the core idea behind Menon’s work -- about the average Keralite’s craze for Bangalore (Bengaluru) -- does not ring true in Bhaskar’s Tamil edition. I do not think Tamils have that kind of fascination for Bangalore.
But, otherwise, Bhaskar’s film follows Menon’s in letter and spirit. Even the peppy signature tune from Bangalore Days has been used in a plot that is essentially about three cousins. We think that Bommarillu Bhaskar doesn’t offer anything new. All the scenes from bangalore days completely copied over to Bangalore Naatkal, even he is not tried to put his on signature elements in the remake.
Positives : On story base absolutely fabulous one. In the performances, it is Parvathy and Saranya Ponnvannan who stand out. Parvathy continues his performance peek in this remake version also.
Negatives : The Tamil remake, unfortunately having a lots of negatives, does not measure up to the original at all. The essence of the original Malayalam film Bangalore Days is lost in remake. Director Bhaskar who has written the screenplay in Tamil has not done justice to Anjali Menon's film, while watching most of the scenes we felt like director only done the language translation, not even tried to make a director's signature on the remake version. Compared to Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days, Bangalore Naatkal is a tragedy because her film is a classic. The Tamil remake is poorly made in contrast— the screenplay doesn't hold your interest, some of the actors' performances are mechanical and you don't connect to the characters. Arya as Arjun fail to impress as compared to Dulquer Salman in original version, Arya is less expressive and the pain we saw in Original version is missing in Arya’s face. Sree Divya as Divya and Bobby Simha as Kannan become a over artificial in relationships and dialogue deliveries. An extreme poor casting is the Bobby Simha role, that Nivin pauly done in original version.
Bottom Line : Poor casting, over artificial emotions and relationships makes Bangalore Naatkal a big remake disaster.Rating : 5 / 10