“Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum”… A misconceived romance that tries to be so hip and cool, it’s painful

Posted on March 15, 2019

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ispade-rajavum-idhaya-raniyum-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-harish-kalyan/

TThe Arjun Reddy prototype roars into Tamil cinema with Ranjit Jeyakodi’s Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum. The first time we see Gautham (Harish Kalyan), he’s on a bike, zooming around… the hairpin bends of life. Or something. He has a big beard and bigger reserves of angst. His soul-rending screams are built into the first song from Sam CS. Like Arjun Reddy, Gautham has rage issues. At a posh party, he makes a comment about Tara’s (Shilpa Manjunath) backside. (This upper-class girl was blocking his way to the bar.) She calls him a pervert. He tosses her into a swimming pool. She’s humiliated. Translation: She’s a few scenes away from falling in love with him.

How would you write a scene to depict Gautham’s anger? This is how Ranjit Jeyakodi’s mind works. Tara is on a scooter being driven by her friend, and the vehicle hits a car, whose occupants get out and demand compensation. A local man is called to adjudicate the situation. He asks Tara’s friend to apologise to the driver. He says he’ll take a video of this apology, which both parties will upload on their Facebook page. Because… he wants to see who gets more ‘like’s. Gautham then crashes the scene and beats the makeshift judge up (among other people). This head-scratching what-the-fuck-ery colours even the important, character-defining stretches. Gautham’s rage is a result of his assumption that his mother abandoned him. But when he learns the truth, he acts as though it’s a minor annoyance, as though he stepped out of the house and forgot his keys. And just wait for the quasi-philosophical scene where he turns to drugs. I haven’t laughed this hard in a while.

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