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Osthe movie review
Lives up to the original Osthe rocking.
Is Silambarasan the Salman Khan of Tamil cinema.? With Osthi, a remake ofBollywood hit Dabangg, it seems to be so. Osthe is gonna rock Tamil cinema.
STR enacts the role played by Salman Khan in the Tamil version that isa commercial cocktail loaded with fun, action and mass masalaelements. With director Dharani at the helm of affairs, the movie is engrossing.
The filmmaker knows the knack of making commercial movies and provesit in Osthi. With a multi-tasker like Simbhu as the male protoganist,the movie has action, dance, stunts and comedy making it an wholesomefare. Check out what Osthi offers to Tamil fans.
Breaking away from traditional cop stories is Osthi. It is not about a upright police officer fighting earnestly against the system. Ratherit is different film, that oozes with mass commercial elements rightfrom the first frame.
Osthi Velan (Simbhu) is a funny cop but has real motives for all hisactions. A daring but a corrupt police officer, he has a heart ofgold. He robs rich but at times helps pauper.
He has a step brother Balan (Jithan Ramesh) with whom he has love-haterelationship. Osthi Velan speaks from his heart and does what his mind days. A dare-devil man, he is stylish and no suave. Cupid's arrowstrikes Osthi Velan when he comes across Neduvali (Richa
Gangopadhyay). As it happens, they gets acquanited to each otherafter wranglings.
No cop story is complete without a villain and there is one in theform of Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood). A typical on screen villain that wewatched since our childhood on screen. As it happens he turns for toOsthi Velan when the latter declines to negotiate his deal. After somedance, romance and some humour, Osthi Velan eventually fights Boxer Daniel in the climax, ripping his shirt showing his six-pac abs. Allends well with the success for Osthi Velan and he entering wedlock
with his beloved.
Simbhu is pivot around whom the whole movie revolves. He is there fromframe one till end oozing energy all through. He sings, dances, fightsand even emotes. Perhaps signalling his arrival to the top league.Seeing him in khaki is a delight for he is stylish and elegant. A
perfect foil for such a movie, Simbhu has provided right difference and seems to be enjoying his outing in the avatar as Osthi Velan.
Not far behind is Richa. The young actress has given right expressionsand tries to catch up with Simbhu. She performs with energy and does
remind one of Sonakshi, who did the same role in the original. SonuSood is perhapos the man of the moment. He performs with much ease andgets under the skin of the character for he essayed the same role inthe original. Utilising the opportunity well, he delivers a decent
Santhanam as usual leaves a mark with his dialogues. As a funny policeman, he speaks loud but attracts. Jithan Ramesh shares the screen withSTR for the first time. He has a part to play in the script which hedoes well.
The rest of the cast includes Nasser, Revathy, Thambi Ramiah,Vaiyapuri, Mayilsamy and VTV Ganesh.
It is a musical extravaganza. After almost a long gap, a movie has allits songs making it big among people. Three cheers to Thaman, theyoung music composer. Be it the title song or Cute Pondatti, Neduvallo or Kalasala all are foot-tapping and entertaining. Gopinath's cameradoes the rest. It captures the movie at right pace needed to make onesit and watch a movie these days.
The songs have been captured in a splendid way. The likes of Valee,Yugabharathy and STR himself have penned the songs. Dharani seems toihave m,astered the knack of making such movies. It is evident from theway he has made alterations to the script to suit Tamil audience. Withfunny one-liners and delightful twists and turns, the movie sticks toour heart straightaway.
Dharani, Gopinath and Thaman with the on-screen persona of STR managedto make the movie count.
Final Analysis :On the whole, Osthi is a film that is sure to rock STR fans and front-benchers.
Rating : 4.5 / 5
Director Dharani is one of the masters of commercial cinema. Dabanng is a commercial blockbuster in Bollywood. STR is an actor who combines style and substance in Kollywood. What happens when the three come together? A heady cocktail of a mass masala entertainer is the end result. That is Osthi for you.
It is like been on a roller-coaster ride with fun, speed and style from the word go. More of a movie that we had seen in our growing up days, Osthi promises more of action at quick pace.
But where Osthi breaks the grammar of commercial masala is that the male protoganist ' the cop is not shown as an upright and a honest man. But still he has life in him. More of a 'Robinhoodesque' type, he is right there helping the needy and deserved most times. The male lead Osthi Velan is funny at times, witty at most times and stylish all the time.
After experimenting with movies like Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya and Vaanam that carried lofty themes, comes Osthi from Simbhu's kitty. In sharp contrast to his earlier outings, it is a stylish mass masala venture that may go down well with masses. What is interesting is that, Simbhu seems to have done it with utmost joy as one would see a flash in his eyes whenever he utters a punchline or dance on screen.
Osthi Velan (STR) hogs all the limelight. He has romance, villains to fights, subordinates to make merry and family to emote. A tailor-made role for STR. A corrupt police officer, he helps the needy with the money he takes from influential men. There is one Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood) crossing swords with him. Somehow, the two don't see eye to eye.There is a growing enemity between them.
Osthi Velan lives life his own way and there is a half brother Balan (Jithan Ramesh) with whom he has an interesting rapport. Enters Neduvali (Richa Gangopadhyaya), daughter of a drunkard (VTV Ganesh).
Obviously romance blossoms between them. After singing some songs and shaking his legs for a mass number with Mallika Sherawat. Osthi Velan takes up his last weapon to end the on-going battle with Boxer Daniel. Watch out for Simbhu flaunting his hard-earned six-pack abs in the climax.
The movie is certainly not for those who try to find logic in cinema. It is free-flowing, devoid of any sense. Dharani has ensured that if a movie is laced with mass elements at quick succession, half the battle is won. Thankfully STR translates his dreams well on screen.
STR rocks all the way. He gives a matured performance and serious about his task. He combines humour with style. Richa is refershing and bubbles with enthusiasm. Sonu Sood recreates the Dabanng magic here. He enacted the same role in original with greater perfection. Santhanam's rib-tickling comedy and enough screen space for Jithan Ramesh makes it count.
Dharani has ensured everyone in the film including Nasser, Revathy, Thambi Ramiah, Vaiyapuri or Mayilsamy gets a part to play. Thaman's music gives a lift to the film. The pacy numbers are foot-tapping with cinematographer Gopinath capturing them in a grand manner.
Verdict : Osthi is no serious film, but one that may end up entertaining you.
Source : Cine Snacks
Osthi - Tamil Movie Review
Cop on top
Dabanng was a sensational hit in Bollywood that set the cash registers ringing. Now all eyes are on Osthi, its Tamil remake, where STR plays the lead role enacted by Salman Khan in the original.Who said a police story had to predominantly revolve around an honest cop totting a gun fighting baddies with vigour.
Osthi is the story of a Robinhoodesque cop who
fights injustice in his own way. With Dharani of Ghilli, Dhool
and Dhil fame wielding the megaphone, the movie begins with pace from the
word go and the vim and vigour is prevalent all through. Check out
what the movie has in store for audience.
It is a typical commercial cop story that we grew-up watching. A corrupt cop Osthi Velan (STR) fears for nothing. He robs from Peter and pays the Paul. More a man with Robinhood heart, Osthi Velan is man of style and substance. He has love-hate relationship with his half brother Balan (Jithan Ramesh). There is love for him in the form of Neduvali (Richa Gangopadhyaya), daughter of a drunkard (VTV Ganesh). They get attracted to each other and fall for each other. There is an enemy to Osthi Velan in the form of Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood). Both cross swords with each other. Osthi Velan's life has a doting mother (Revathy), a funny cop Selvam (Santhanam) around him.
Velan in his typical style fights the evil designs of Boxer Daniel. He rips off his shirt towards the climax to win over him in a battle. Eventually the commercial venture ends with victory for Osthi Velan and he holding the hands of his beau.
It is Simbhu's
special all the way. The multi-faceted actor has preferred to play to the
gallery. He as Osthi Velan, a funny cop with his own antics is
entertaining and energetic. He fights, dances, romances and
preaches too in his imitable style. No way one can compare Simbhu's
performance with that of Salman for STR
has rendered it in his own style. His diction of Thirunelveli dialect is
good. Especially when he rips his shirt towards the climax fighting Sonu
Sood is a special treat for his fans. The young actor has
impressed one and all.
Sonu Sood does what he did in the original. At places funny and at places a clichd villain on Tamil screen, Sonu Sood leaves his impression in a movie which otherwise is occupied by STR's massive screen-presence. He unlike villains in other Tamil films, get a major share on screen and utilize the opportunity well. He gyrates and speaks from the bottom of his belly at places.
Richa Gangopadhyaya, who is in a fine form thanks to stupendous success of her recent release Mayakkam Enna, consolidates her place strongly with Osthi. As Neduvalli, who is in love with Osthi Velan, she is homely yet glamorous. Her expressions and emotions are apt and Dharani extracts the best from his heroine. Santhanam emerges true champ with his one-liners that tickles our funny-bones. He is at his crackling best and scenes involving him and Simbhu bring the roof down with laughter. Jithan Ramesh enacts the role played by Arbaz Khan as step-brother of Osthi Velan. He gets a meaty role to play and there is romance for him too. He is energetic too onscreen.
Dharani's choice of star cast is apt for the masala venture. The likes of VTV Ganesh, Thambi Ramiah, Nasser, and Revathy add pep to the proceedings with a performance that is straight from their heart. The highlight being Bollywood sexy-siren Mallika Sherawat appearing for an item number equivalent to Munni Badnam.
and cinematographer Gopinath share an excellent rapport and the two
proved their mettle in their earlier outings. Osthi is no different and
the duo makes it an engrossing affair where the camera
compliments the racy storyline. The major fillip for the movie is S Thaman's
exemplary music. The pacy and
racy songs are the major plus for the movie. The songs especially the
title song Osthi rendered by Baba Sehgal, STR's rendition of cute
pondatti and Kalasala Kalasala makes everyone break
Dharani's dialogues are crisp and Nellai Tamil fits the story well. Dharani has ensured that its racy commercial all through with no compromise. There are songs, fights, romance, comedy sequences and no dull moments all through.
Verdict: An honest remake, Osthi is entertaining if you forget all logic and go inside cinema-hall for sheer joy, fun and entertainment. Dharani and STR have pulled it off in style. Three cheers to Osthi team.
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Pavithra Srinivasan writes that Tamil film Osthe -- remade from Salman Khan's [ Images ] blockbuster Dabangg -- takes itself too serious and misses the plot.
'What you have seen so far, is gusthi fight. From now on, it's osthi fight!' Cue for the film's superman, Tamil Nadu police Osthe Velan (Simbhu, or STR as he now styles himself) to promptly send any number of goons packing.
Also, cue for him to suddenly run full-tilt into an introductory song in the fashion of the best masala films, with every single clich in glorious evidence: the stupid cop sidekicks, the villain, also with a bunch of sidekicks (and, it must be admitted, who looks vastly more handsome than the hero himself), the pretty heroine who walks about in impossibly low-cut blouses and revealing saris; mother-father sentiments with a step-sibling thrown in for good measure -- the list is endless.
And yet, Osthe, the Tamil remake of Hindi's blockbuster Dabangg doesn't really carry out the promise the way its original did. You wonder where exactly the problem lies, in this Balaji Real Media Pvt Ltd version directed by potboiler expert Dharani.
Osthe starts out, like every self-respecting commercial entertainer, with a flashback: Velan and Balan are step-brothers, with their own issues at home. Subbiah (Nasser) favours his own son, born to his wife (Revathy), while she tries, in vain, to reconcile her firstborn Velan to her second, all to no avail. The problems continue all the way to adulthood: Subbiah's oil-mill isn't doing well; son Balan (Jithan Ramesh) is now a ne'er-do-well, while Velan has grown into a dashing police-officer.
And of course, Velan does his best to rule Kattuppakkam, in the Thirunelveli district, in his own way: he delivers a sort of rough-and-ready justice, and pretty soon, makes an enemy out of Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood [ Images ]), who aims to make it big in politics. They clash -- again, and again, and again, and again -- until you're ready to tear your hair out in frustration.
Also, there's the romantic angle: Neduvali (Richa Gangopadhyay), who Velan meets in her hut and falls for, in seconds. In fact, it can safely be said that these are some of the very few moments that are actually engaging, in the film.
By this time, you realise exactly why Dabangg clicked, and Osthe barely engages your attention: the Hindi original carried its own brand of humour, even moments of subtlety, and was aware of what it was providing its viewers -- just the right brand of spice with Salman Khan's fantastic performance.
And while STR does do his flamboyant best, spouts punch dialogues by the dozen and dances with style -- there's a point when he steps from being Osthe Velan, the larger-than-life hero, to STR himself. The punch is missing; his presence doesn't carry as much weight. Dharani pulls out all stops and produces twists and turns, but they simply don't gel. The dialogues, spoken laboriously in the Nellai slang, actually make you squirm. Adding a 'la' after every sentence does not make it work.
Richa is supposedly a pretty village belle, and she is pretty -- which is all can be said of her blink-and-miss performance. Santhanam provides the requite one-liners which, somehow, don't really work, after the first one hour.
Sonu Sood is magnificent in his presence, and you feel he deserves more than being the eternal villain. JithanRamesh is rather colourless, and so is Saranya Mohan. On the other hand, it's not their fault, but the screenplay's.
Thaman's music is the right blend of sound and fury, and works for this entertainer -- but Kalasala, though it raises whistles, is no Munni Badnaam Hui. V T Vijayan's editing could have been better, while Gopinath's camera work, again, showcases its hero larger than life. Which is all that can be said of it. The art direction and costumes, frankly, remind you more of North India [ Images ] than Thirunelveli and fail the most.
Osthe may aim to deliver an exaggerated masala mix -- but that works only when subtlety also forms a part of the narrative. And there's definitely nothing even remotely subtle about this film. Films like these aren't really rare, here: every alternate movie is about superheroes that romance pretty girls and take on a hundred goons at once; they always win, always yell punch dialogues, respect their parents and live happily ever after.
Truth is -- there's absolutely nothing new. Osthe lacks the panache and quirkiness that made its original work.
Verdict : Osthe lacks the magic that made Dabangg work
Rediff Rating :
Source : Rediff
When a director who is known for delivering unabashed commercial entertainers and a hero who is an interesting amalgam of mass and class (especially after VTV) come together, colorful fire works are the obvious corollary and to spice up the entire proceeding when the product is the remake of Salman Khan's huge hit Dabangg, it is only natural that the buzz blaster is cranked up to the maximum.
Director Dharani is synonymous with wholesome entertainers with breakneck speed and in Osthe, for the first time, he teams with STR who reprises the role of Chulbul Pandey as Osthe Velan for Tamil. When a film is remade, it has the undue disadvantage of being compared with its original which is simply inevitable but Osthe stands on its own merit, thanks to Dharani's screenplay and STR's screen presence.
For those of you who have not seen Dabangg, Osthe is about a fearless cop and his emotional trips with his family members. Director Dharani, for most parts, has adhered sincerely to the original, weeding out a few elements and infusing the necessary flavors of Tamil Nadu appropriately.
STR returns after Vaanam and it is palpable that he has enjoyed portraying Osthe Velan to the hilt. His flawless ease and agility be it in action or dance sequences, is a joy to watch. He monopolizes the screen totally and his cool arrogance works big time to portray the smug cop Osthe Velan. The sequence where he needs to portray heavy duty emotions like the one in the hospital with Nazar, STR stumbles you with his subtle performance and it is an STR show all the way!
Richa Gangopadhyay after her impressive debut in Mayakkam Enna, makes her second appearance in quick succession. Richa's Nedu Vaali does not offer much scope to bring out her acting potential but all the same, her glamorous avatar emerges in Osthe. Sonu Sood puts his chiseled body to effective use and the much talked about STR's six pack torso is an added garnishing to this masala meal.
There is a galaxy of supporting cast that does its part convincingly. VTV Ganesh as Richa's dad, Nazar as STR's step dad, Revathy as STR's mom and Jithan Ramesh as STR's half brother are all adequate. Santhanam is an indisputable value addition to comedy department supported by Mayilsamy, Thambi Ramaiah and Vyapuri. However Santhanam could do well for himself if only he does not follow Vennira Aadai Murthy diligently in his double entendres.
Thaman's much publicized Kalasala although energetic lacks the fizz of Munni badnam hui and Mallika Sherawat disappoints. The rest of Thaman's refrains are enjoyable and the Osthe Maame number tops the list. All the songs have been choreographed and picturized well. Cinematographer Gopinath through his lens brings out the right kind of mood and feel of the film. The hard work of action department consisting of Kanal Kannan, Ram Laskhman and Silva is perceivable and kudos to them on their impressive stunts..
The pacing of Osthie is uniform and it manages to grab the attention of the audience for most parts. Toting up, the 'must have's of a mainstream commercial potboiler are all dutifully ticked in Osthie which will find patrons in those who would love to spend some two and half hours of their time relaxing on a well made entertainer.
Source : Behindwoods
Osthi Movie Review
Cast: Silambarasan, Richa Gangopadhyay, Jithan Ramesh,Sonu Sood, Saranya Mohan, Santhanam, Ganesh, Nassar, Revathi,Vijayakumar, Mayilsamy, Thambi Ramaiah, Mallika Sherawat
Director: S. Dharani
Music Director: Thamanh
Producer: Mohan Apparao, T. Rames
Rating : 3.5/5
Source : Current Week Cinema
Osthi Movie Review
|The most refreshing thing about Dharani's Osthi, a remake of Abhinav Kashyap's Salman Khan blockbuster Dabangg
is that it sticks to the original. It plays to the galleries and STR is
perfectly cast as the do-gooder cop who fights the corrupt system
The mix is perfect for commercial mass masala. It is a full Thali meal - a star, super action scenes, romance, dances, punchlines, comedy, lot of sentiments and finally good triumphing over evil.
Osthi Velan (STR) loves his mother (Revathy) and is an inspector in a village near Tirunelveli. He has a deep rooted animosity towards his stepfather (Nassar) and step brother Balan (Jithan Ramesh) from childhood. Balan is a loser who by hook or crook wants to marry his lady love (Sarnya Mohan).
In between, our hero falls for Neduvali (Richa Gangopadhyay). Then there is this politician-thug Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood) with whom Velan lock horns. What follows is predictable as the villain exploits the hostility between the brothers to get back at Velan.
Director Dharani deserves a thumps up for perfect casting which has resulted in Osthi turning out to be an engaging crowd-pleaser. Of course, much of the film's appeal lies in watching the leading man STR's approach to his role with an unmatched fervour. He is hyperkinetic and adds pep and pepper to the proceedings. STR carries the film on his shoulder and he's wide awake and seems to have had a blast, especially the climax fight where he takes off his shirt.
Richa has hardly anything to do and is there for the songs and romance. Jithan Ramesh is a revelation and proves that he has a career ahead as guy in negative roles. Sonu Sood is riveting as the treacherous villain. The rest of the cast like Nassar, Revathy, Santhanam and VTV Ganesh are adequate.
Thaman's music works to the film's advantage, with Neduvalli and Pondati being the pick of the lot. Kalasala does not match up to Munni Badnam Hui. Gopinath is a commercial filmmaker's dream cameraman, as he makes the hero look larger than life through clever movements and use of Jimmy Jip. The location chosen (Mysore) to shoot the film just does not match Tirunelveli landscape and the sets especially the heroines hut looks tacky.
The film makes no bones and is designed to give the audiences a rollicking good time. Osthi is another time pass entertainer, a smart action movie that's well worth your time.
Verdict: Time-Pass Entertainer
Rating : 4/5
Source : Sify
Osthi Movie Review
Doing a remake is never an easy task. But if done with utmost local flavour, hardly it failed to enthuse Tamil audience. Director Dharani has proved in the past that he can do remake well that would pass the muster.
He is at it again with 'Osthi', a remake of Hindi hit 'Dabanng'. Like its original, 'Osthi' too is a mass masala venture seemingly inspired by cop stories that were dished out in Kollywood inearly 1980s.
STR after films like 'Vinnnai Thaandi Varuvaya' and 'Vaanam' that had different storylines, has opted to go the mass way this time. He plays a stylish cop on a mission in 'Osthi'. A collage ofmany a film of the past, 'Osthi' oozes with pace and energy all through.
Not the kind of movie for those who want logic. If you want to have sheer fun and entertainment for a couple of hours, 'Osthi' is the preferred destination. At times, it goes serious, many times sounds a spoof. On the whole a spicy masala dished out to satisfy the appetite of the front-benchers.
STR is no honest, upright and a serious cop here. The grammar for hero seems to be changing in Tamil cinema. He is brainy and brawny but lives life according to his whims and fancies. Heromances, fights and utters punchlines. He comes out any tough situation in life. The events that occur in course of his life make an interesting watch, though we have a feeling of having seenthem before many times.
As the film starts, Simbu settles down in few minutes as 'Osthi' Velan, a stylish cop, and the travel begins. He is a police inspector in Kattukuppam in Thirunelveli district. With hissubordinates (Santhanam, Thambi Ramiah, Mayilsamy and Vaiyapuri), he has a gala time in town.
There comes Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood), a corrupt man with a sole motive to win the bye-election. He uses his power and influence and goes hammer and tongs to win the polls. Osthi Velan becomes his nemesis. He plays spoilsort on all the plans of Daniel.
Meanwhile, Osthi Velan has a half brother Balan (Jithan Ramesh) and there is love and hate relationship between them. His mother (Revathy) tries to ensure that both meets eye-to-eye. While father (Nasser) takes the side of Balan.
Velan comes across Neduvali (Richa Gangopadhyaya), daughter of a drunkard (VTV Ganesh) in the village and it's romance straightaway. As it happens, Velan's mother dies with a promise from him that he would take care of his brother.
Meanwhile, Boxer Daniel decides to take on Velan. A series of conspiracies are hatched by him in the form of Balan. Eventually it ends with a one-to-one brawl in the climax where Velan and Boxer Daniel rip off their shirts, flaunt their six-pac abs and fight.
STR leaves his mark all through. His diction of Thirunelveli dialect of Tamil adds credibility to the role. He is bubbly and energetic in stunts and dance sequences. Richa is impressive andemotes well. But she has very less dialogues to utter.
Ramesh gets a role of his life time and does justice
to it. Santhanam's one-liners are as usual rib-tickling bit at many
places loaded with double-meaning. Nasser and Revathy have been under-
Bharathan's dialogues deserve special mention. The punchlines are catchy especially when Velan punches his enemies in air and spells 'Nan Kannadai Mathiri...' Thaman's music is pacy complimenting the theme and screenplay.
'Kalasala...' and 'Neduvali...' songs deserve special mention. Gopinath, Dharani's trusted lieutenant, handles the camera and captures the movie in fresh colours. Since actions plays a prominent part of this cop story, three stunt choreographers Kanal Kannan, Ram-Lakshman and Siva have contributed their might.
Dharani has made it a commercial fare. The filmmaker has struck to the original without changing the content much. With STR's strong presence and Dharani lacing it up with masala elements in right mix, 'Osthi' ends up as an entertainer, though sounds cliched at many places.
Verdict : Osthi- Commercial Cop
Source : Indiaglitz
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