Dharala Prabhu Movie Review
A sweet and affable emotional drama.
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
Remakes are always risky business. And when a filmmaker decides to remake an 8-year-old film as his debut, there are things at stake. However, director Krishna Marimuthu walks the tightrope very carefully with Dharala Prabhu, his confident attempt that takes up many sensitive topics and makes a fun, emotional drama out of it.
The film takes the skeleton of Vicky Donor and helps itself with some nice knacks in the changeover, and some emotional turns that aren’t present in the original. As Vicky Donor has indeed aged and is not fresh in the minds of the audiences today, it is fair to say that people who have seen the original will still end up developing a liking to Dharala Prabhu. The film takes about 20 minutes to warm up to the entertainment factor, but from thereon, the road is pretty smooth until the final half-hour where an over-dramatic turn of events come into play. Yes, Dharala Prabhu could have been a little shorter in order to streamline itself into a better film, but still, what has come is far from bad.
This is surely Harish Kalyan’s next good outing after Pyaar Prema Kaadhal, as the actor gets himself a likable character arc that develops with a sweet graph. He looks charming, is growing as a performer and forms a terrific combination with Vivek, who is the star of the film. Fans of the legendary comedian will have lots to enjoy here, with the counters, rhyming and timing working out well.
Tanya Hope is another very good addition to the cast, and does a great job with the lip sync apart from looking gorgeous on screen. Credit to the casting department, for they have picked their actors very carefully, adding a fresh tone to the film overall.
Selvakumar is quickly becoming one of the best DOPs in the industry, with every film of his absorbing great visuals. On the other hand, one thing that definitely could have been better in the film is the music, which despite using multiple composers, does not make an impact in the film.
On the whole, Dharala Prabhu is a very good emotional drama that takes up many topics such as sperm donation, surrogacy and adoption, mixing them up in a fun-filled space with loads of color and comedy. Tamil cinema gets itself another lovely feel good drama, which should take the cake this weekend. Dharala Prabhu Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas