Harish Kalyan's Dharala Prabhu which is the Tamil remake of Ayushmann Khurrana's Vicky Donor, had a promising trailer and it seemed like the makers have gone in for a faithful remake! Read on to know more about this well-made film!
Prabhu (Harish Kalyan) becomes a sperm donor owing to personal reasons and also after repeated requests from Doctor Kannadasan (played with brilliance by Vivekh), who runs a fertility clinic. Prabhu lights up the lives of many couples and things go pretty well until he gets married to Nidhi (Tanya Hope). How life turns upside down for Prabhu and Nidhi due to the earlier sperm donation, forms the rest of the plot.
With an already proven premise at hand, the team of Dharala Prabhu have remade the film neatly suiting the sensibilities of the Tamil audience. The additional changes in the writing add value and more detailing to the characters and their emotions. The humour works big time in this film and gladly, it is organic and not diluted with over-the-top treatment. The funny one-liners, along with no slapstick or body-shaming comedies, are a relief. Not just the comedy dialogues, even the emotional ones have been written with meaning and it holds good substance. There is a fine amount of feel-goodness in this film and that is what makes Dharala Prabhu, a heartwarming watch! You leave the cinema hall with a smile and positivity and isn't that the success of a film?
The second half is slightly lower on the humour quotient because of the seriousness in the subject but it still has ample amount of emotional and heartwarming sweet moments that keep you invested. The visual medium is used to a good potential and it is an interesting connect in symbolizing a football goal with a baby. Having a taboo topic in hand, it is indeed a sensitive subject to handle and director Krishna Marimuthu seems to know how to have things under control. On the social angle, Dharala Prabhu is a subject that needs to be told to the people.
On the flipside, the film is a bit lengthy and the director could have probably cut short the film by a few more minutes. A few uninteresting sequences do find a place which could have been avoided. A crispier version would have been even more complete. The slow pace of the film in the second half might worry a few but the thought wouldn't last long. Also, there's a dip in the screenplay during the initial stages of the conflict between Harish and Tanya. The background music wasn't completely fulfilling as the score didn't manage to elevate the emotional quotient of the film.
Harish Kalyan and Vivekh, who play the two lead characters, are fantastic. Harish Kalyan scores well and his light hearted, positivity-filled performance is impressive. The vibe that he throws in with his acting is enjoyable. Vivekh, on the other hand, is a wholesome delight. It is great to see him come back in style with a meaty role that offers huge scope for varied emotions. He doesn't act very eccentric (like his recent past biggies) and plays this character to the gallery with conviction. He breathes life to the character of Kannadasan and acts as the main anchor of the film. Additional brownie points for his funny counters and enjoyable mannerisms that bring the roof down. Tanya Hope has pulled off a neat performance that looks quite convincing. She looks beautiful as well. Supporting actors like Anupama Kumar, Sachu and Ravindra Vijay deliver justifiable performances.
Musically, the film holds great variety, thanks to all the 8 composers who have delivered some pleasing and enjoyable numbers. As already said, the background music by Bharath Sankar, could have been better and that would have bettered the film's emotion. DoP Selvakumar has picturised the film beautifully and the blue tone, given to the film is visually pleasing. The shots also look colourful and rich, thereby making the overall film look classy.
Director Krishna Marimuthu deserves a good applause for adapting Vicky Donor neatly and also for his sensibility in packaging the film. The treatment of the film looks natural and the positive mood is maintained throughout the film. Kudos to Krishna for executing that. The writing has also been quite impressive.
Verdict: Dharala Prabhu is a neatly made fun-filled entertainer, backed by strong performances from Harish Kalyan and Vivekh!