Bhaskar Oru Rascal Review- An amusing light-hearted entertainer
If you are looking to watch a film with an intense plot and a lot of logical reasoning then Bhaskar Oru Rascal may not be the right pick. However, if you are looking for some comic sequences to lighten your mood, then this may be your pick. The film is a light-hearted breezy entertainer whose only intention is to make the audience laugh. And it mostly succeeds at doing so. Directed by Siddique, Bhaskar Oru Rascal is the remake of his Malayalam directorial Bhaskar The Rascal starring Mammootty and Nayanthara. The plot of the film revolves around a widowed man, Bhaskar (Arvind Swami) and Vinitha (Amala Paul), whose kids study in the same school and happen to best friends. Bhaskar is a crude unrefined businessman, whereas Vinitha is a sophisticated and kind woman. The two kids decide to play matchmakers and create events that help their respective parents unite. However, trouble sets in paradise when their plans are ruined by somebody from Vinitha’s past. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
Riding on a rather familiar story, the film skillfully intertwines two different plots, making this film partly retaining the suspense and holding the film through with the comedy. The comedy in the film is slapstick humor and silly puns that somehow work in offering some gags. The credit for this goes to Soori and Robo Shankar. However, some comic sequences seem so silly that you can’t forgive yourself for laughing too hard for the jokes.
The film is also trying to balance itself with being progressive and sexist. At one stage it shows us that love unites all, in a total contrast the film also reveals it’s regressive attitude. The dialogues suggest that a widower should remarry for the sake of his kids, in another scene Bhaskar’s son takes the decision of mouthing dialogues that say how he doesn’t want a mother who doesn’t like his father. One wonders how and why kids in films begin to speak like adults.
Unlike his previous roles, where Arvind Swami usually plays a charming and classy personality, here, he has taken a new avatar and he did seem effortless in it. If you thought of some heroes can fly from one building to another and beat up the bad guys, then wait until you see Arvind Swami in this film. His badass demeanor and swashbuckling style are easily one of the key strengths of the movie, and also gives him a mass hero avatar. Although it is clear that Bhaskar is a businessman in the film, it is never mentioned as to what Vinitha’s profession in the film is. Considering her trendy Pinterest worthy hairstyles she wears in the film, it is highly possible that she is a hairstyle enthusiast. Apart from looking fashionable, Amala Paul carries a trendy cool and new-age mom look to her performance. Master Raghavan and Baby Nainika are adorable as the kids!
The climax of the film runs through at a swift pace, so much so that it would put the regular time-lapse video to shame. Considering the short attention span adults have these days, this gripping action sequence is certain to help!
This is a film targetted as a summer release to draw the attention of family audiences. If you are looking to add some humor to your weekend, then Bhaskar Oru Rascal is your pick.