Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum is directed by debutant Odam Ilavarasu. The film opens with an ode to legendary actor Gemini Ganesan and comedian Suruli Rajan. From what we get after two hours of a tedious watch, is that the film is about Gemini Ganesan (Atharvaa) -- a playboy, or should we use 'Kadhal Mannan'? Gemini has had several relationships with women in the past. Right before his marriage, Gemini tries to mend things with his exes. Will he succeed?
Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum Cast: Atharvaa, Soori, Regina Cassandra, Aishwarya Rajesh, Pranitha and Sonia
Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum Director: Odam Ilavarasu
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Gemini Ganesan is in Madurai to invite his first girlfriend Lavanya (Regina Cassandra) for his wedding. He meets Suruli Rajan (Soori), who helps him. In due course, we learn about Gemini's love stories. In one of the several cringe-worthy moments, Gemini, who addresses Lavanya as 'Akka' (elder sister), falls for her. When the latter, who's younger to him, asks why he's calling her that, Gemini says, "If I call you akka in front of your parents, they might think of me as a 'decent' fellow." Gemini proposes and Lavanya accepts. Then why did he break up with her? Suruli asks. Because he's Gemini Ganesan. And he was two-timing her with another woman, Devi, who lives in the same block as Lavanya.
Odam Ilavarasu has to be appreciated for the bits. Gemini woos Devi by calling her 'Thangachi' (younger sister). If you're a non-Tamilian relying on the subtitles, please don't misinterpret the sister-brother relationship for incest. Lavanya and Devi get ditched by Gemini. Because, he's Kadhal Mannan. That's the biggest excuse that the director gives.
While the core of Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum may remind you of Cheran's Autograph, it has moments from the Hindi film Bachna Ae Haseeno. Especially the scene where Priya (Pranita) gets dumped on the wedding day and the part where Pooja asks Gemini to apologise to his exes for breaking their hearts.
The film is severely regressive in terms of the portrayal of women. Soori's lines are pathetic, while it gets better in the second half. For example, Soori replaces letters in every word with 'b'. And so, public becomes 'bublic', information becomes 'inbormation' and so on. Ganesanum Suruli Raajanum wants to be a rom-com. But it's neither romantic nor a comedy.
Perhaps the only logical connectivity in the film is its song placement. Heroines who have the maximum screen time, get a romantic yet sensuous song with Atharvaa.
While the title Gemini Ganesanum Suruli Raajanum may have some relevance to the script, we wished the film was at least half as interesting as its title.
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