Dagaalty (Dackalty) Review
Overall, Dagaalty could have worked if the writing was reasonable. And the director should have put in more effort to bring the best out of Santhanam and Yogi Babu in the comedy department. Dagaalty lives up to Santhanam’s famous one liner – “kovam varapla comedy panatha“.
Santhanam is back on screen after quite some time. We understand that his movies are in some sort of trouble getting released.
Now that Dagaalty is released, did it fulfil the expectations of the audience?
Audiences definitely understand that one should not look for a strong story or logic in such movies, but can count on them for a good laughter.
However it seems that Dagaalty failed to keep up with that one simple expectation!
Read on to find more.
Santhanam plays Guru, a fraudster, whose role is weakly written.
For a film that has Santhanam in the lead, one would expect that his role be written properly so the audience can connect to.
Not just that, it is so important for a movie to have the lead role written with sincerity for the movie to get things right.
Guru is a fraudster and he is assigned the job of fetching a young girl and hand over her to a multi-billionaire Vijay Samrat (Tarun Arora) .
Radha Ravi plays the role of Bhai, a local goon, who acts as a middle man between Vijay Samrat and Guru.
Guru travels to places to find the girl Malli (Rittika Sen). He realizes that she’s an aspiring film maker (and a loosu ponnu).
So he disguises her into making her a director and takes her to Vijay.
He hands over Malli to Vijay and returns, but realizes his mistake and goes back to save her!
He uses the help of his friend Yogi Babu to get back to the house of Vijay and save Malli.
As we can see, there is not much new to the story – but what one would expect is a screenplay that will make us sit through such a wafer thin story line.
Santhanam has lost weight and looks fit. His on screen efforts to make him look like a mass hero have worked out well.
He has shed a bit of comedy face and has transitioned to a mass hero in Dagaalty.
A couple of stunts are also well shot.
The songs though act merely as a speed breaker and we feel that out of the crisp 2 hr run time, a lot of time is wasted on songs.
The movie heavily relies on one liners and slapstick comedies from Santhanam, but sadly, only very few of them work.
Portraying the female lead as a loosu ponnu has been a trend in Tamil Cinema for quite long.
But in Dagaalty, things get really annoying!
Also we have some desperate body-based comedies that don’t sit well at all.
Yogi Babu doesn’t have much of screen time. However, with his limited screen time, he delivers what he can.
The last 15 minutes of the film is comparatively funnier than the rest of the movie and is a saving grace.
Cinematography by Dipak Kumar is nice and acts as a plus for the movie. We get some real good shots and eye-pleasing frames.
Music by Vijay Narain is OKish.
Overall, Dagaalty could have worked if the writing was reasonable. And the director should have put in more effort to bring the best out of Santhanam and Yogi Babu in the comedy department.
As audience we can only tolerate so much in the name of comedy and illogical portrayals.
Dagaalty lives up to Santhanam’s famous one liner – “kovam varapla comedy panatha“.