‘Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum’ review: Heart of the matter

Soori and Atharva Murali in a poster for Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum

Soori and Atharva Murali in a poster for Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A rom-com that fails to bring in the chuckles

Director Cheran is going to be very upset this week. Someone just took the core idea from his Autograph and decided to make it a silly comedy.

The first shot of Atharvaa in the interestingly-titled Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum harks back straight to that 2004 Tamil film, that dealt with the nostalgia of a groom-to-be. Gemini (Atharvaa) has a stubble. He wears glasses. And he's out in Madurai with a bunch of wedding invitations.

Only, this film fancies itself to be a rom-com. And so, we go straight into the house of Suruli Rajaan (Soori), where Gemini has landed to ask for help. He's searching for his ex-girlfriend, we find out in a while, to invite her to his wedding.

Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum
  • Director: Ilavarasu Odam
  • Cast: Atharvaa, Regina Cassandra, Aishwarya Rajesh
  • Storyline: A groom revisits his ex-girlfriends before his wedding

That's easier said than done, especially when Gemini Ganesan (and the tag 'Kaadhal Mannan') is one who seems to have taken his name a little too seriously and indulged in matters of the heart a tad too many times. Four, to be precise.

Enter the leading ladies – Regina Cassandra, Pranitha, Aaditi Pohankar and Aishwarya Rajesh – who have been love interests of Gemini at various stages in his life. The film unravels in flashback mode, as Atharvaa regales Soori with each of his tales.

This could well be fodder for a good rom-com, but director Ilavarasu Odam just seems content with the impressive star cast he has assembled. There's very little characterisation and even lesser emphasis on screenplay. Unfortunately, even Soori is out of form and fails to bring the house down.

And yet, music composer Imman marches on, giving it a triumphant background score and some thumping songs. Choosing to ignore all the mediocrity unfolding on the big screen, he goes about his job with silent sincerity, be it in the wonderful violins that are part of the melody 'Ammukuttiye' or the catchiness that is required of a peppy number like 'Vennila Thangachi'. He is the Hardik Pandya from that recent India-Pakistan cricket match that we wish never happened.

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