Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, who was earlier seen in this year's Vijay starrer Master, is back with his latest film, Murungakkai Chips, which has been released today. The film features Athulya Ravi as the female lead and is directed by debutant Srijar. The film is produced by VC Ravindhar. The teaser and trailer of Murungakkai Chips was suggestive of the fact that the film will be an adult comedy entertainer. Has the film lived up to its tag? Read on to know!
Arjun (Shanthnu Bhagyaraj) gets married to Shanthi (Athulya), but he has been asked by his grandfather not to touch his wife during the first night as that is their family tradition. Arjun should not touch, kiss, or romance Shanthi on the couple's first night and this is a test for him to prove his self-discipline and honesty. If he fails in this test and makes romance with his wife, his family wealth worth Rs.300 crores will be sold to an orphanage. Did Arjun pass this test or did he let down his family belief forms the crux of Murungakkai Chips.
SCREENPLAY, DIALOGUES & DIRECTION:
Murungakkai Chips is a strictly adults-only film and the writing is very much evident of it. The film intends to be an entertaining adult comedy centred around the first night between a newlywed couple, but did the film really entertain with humour is a question mark. The film has a bundle of crass scenes in the name of comedy and entertainment and it is absolutely patience-testing. The entire episode of Yogi Babu - Munishkanth - Ravindhar - Mayilsamy - Manobala add no value and it looks like a completely different track, off from the core premise of the movie. You take out those scenes and still the impact would be the same. Did that entire sequence appeal funny to the team of Murungakkai Chips is a question that one would like to ask.
The initial scenes that lead towards the first night are artificially staged, especially Athulya's conversations with her friends sound amateur and bad. Murungakkai Chips had the potential to be an entertaining comedy film because of its premise but the way the film has been written, shot, and packaged, makes it a complete drag. The majority of the comedies are uninterestingly done and even the non-intellectual minds might not find the film that funny. The screenplay definitely needed exciting moments to keep the audience hooked. One can handpick the one-liners and counters that brought some genuine laughter, wishing the film could have had more of such comedies.
Shanthnu is impressive in a light-hearted character and his casual and lively performance adds as one of the fewer positives of the movie. Once again, he scores full marks with his dance moves. Athulya looks pretty on screen and she does her part well, managing to strike a good equation with Shanthnu. As already said, Yogi Babu, Munishkanth, Ravindhar, Manobala, Mayilsamy, Madhumitha, are okay in their roles, but their sequence doesn't bring any laughter, except for a few real-life references from Ravindhar.
Dharan Kumar's songs have a peppy mood to them and the background score also helps at a fair level. Ramesh Chakravarthy's cinematography and Jomin's edit look functional.
Murungakkai Chips is nothing but a compilation of boring scenes in the name of comedy and entertainment!
Verdict Murungakkai Chips is a patience-testing watch that offers no laughter!