Sivakarthikeyan who has tasted continuous successes ever since his first film ‘Marina’ way back in 2012, teams up with debutant director Bakkiyaraj Kannan for ‘Remo’.
Produced by RD Raja of 24AM Studios, the film boasts of the current sensations apart from Siva such as music director Anirudh, comedian Sathish, Keerthi Suresh and the ever adorable Saranya who plays Siva’s mother on screen. What makes the film all the more special is that its cinematography is handled by veteran PC Sreeram, known for classics like Mouna Raagam, Alaiypaayuthe and the recent I.
For movie buffs, Remo is synonymous with the names of one of the characters enacted by Vikram in his 2005 classic ‘Anniyan’ where the lead character (Ambi) suffers from multiple personality disorder.
However, this film has nothing to do with the 2005 film apart from the name ‘Remo’.
Remo’s expectation reached sky high after its first look, which showed Siva in a never before seen avatar of a female nurse.
Coming to the film itself, Remo is an out and out Sivakarthikeyan film. It has all the usual Masala that a Siva fan would expect from him. But if one looks at his films closely, the actor has tried new things in each of his outings. Though he relied mostly on his comic one-liners, he has since focused on several aspects such as emoting and dancing.
In Remo, he goes a step further by dressing up as a female nurse and has pulled it off convincingly. The story is simple. SK is an aspiring actor, whose ambition is to become a super star. His role model is none other than Rajinikanth.
He comes across Kavya (Keerthy Suresh), a doctor, and falls in love with her instantly. He later goes to her house with the intention of proposing to her, only to find out that she is getting engaged to a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) doctor Vishwa (Anson Paul). SK is heartbroken.
He later goes for an audition by director KS Ravikumar (himself) for the sequel of his cult classic Avvai Shanmugi. For the said role, SK has to dress as a female nurse. However, his inability to emote according to the director’s requirements works against him and is eventually rejected by Ravikumar.
SK is distraught and is on his way back by bus, still in the nurse’s outfit. Kavya also gets into the bus and sits at the rear. She comes to Siva’s aid when he is teased by Yogi Babu who mistakes him for a female.
Kavya too befriends Siva not knowing that he is in fact a guy. He decides to woo Kavya anyway and somehow break up her engagement with Vishwa. Keeping this in mind, he disguises himself as the nurse, going by the name of “Remo” (short for “Regina Motwani”) and takes up a job as a nurse in the hospital where Kavya works.
Ensuring that Kavya never finds out his true identity, SK establishes a close friendship with her as Remo, but is unable to convince her to end her engagement with Vishwa.
However, he succeeds in making an impression by organising a massive surprise on her birthday and proposes to her as SK. Kavya then begins to struggle within her after she realizes that she has fallen in love with SK. SK takes advantage of the situation and juggles the roles of both SK as well as Remo to break her engagement.
Whether he succeeds in doing so, the repercussions he faces once he reveals his true identity forms the crux of the story.
Remo takes Siva to greater heights as a performer. He pulls off the role as a nurse with elegance and ease. Though several actors including Kamal Haasan (Avvai Shanmugi) and Prashanth (Aanazhagan) had previously taken up such roles where they had to portray themselves as women, Siva brings out a refreshing performance and does not make it look fake at any point.
Sathish, Yogi Babu (as Remo’s lover and stalker) and Rajendran provide comic relief.
The major plus is undoubtedly PC Sreeram’s cinematography. He crafts each and every frame beautifully and ensures that each character and each moment stays in our mind.
Anirudh has been Siva’s lucky mascot and their combination has never failed to deliver. The tracks ‘Senjittale’ continues to ring in our heads long after the film. But where Anirudh scores is in the background.
The film has some beautiful moments. The combination scenes of Remo and the terminally ill Nancy (Baby Raksha) are cute and gripping.
On the flipside, the film has a very thin storyline and has depended largely on the star image of Sivakarthikeyan and Anirudh’s music.