Is 2.5/ 5
2 hours 26 | Action | 14-01-2021
cast – Ram, Nivetha Pethuraj, Malvika Sharma, Amrit Iyer, Sampat Raj, Satya and others
Director – Kishore Tirumala
the creator – Hearing Ravi Kishore
Banner – Shree Shravanathi Movies
music – Mani sharma
Red is the official remake of the Tamil hit Thadum. Director Kishore Tirumala made some changes to the treatment of the original to make it attractive to a wider audience. However, the story and adventures were lost in translation and Red became a disappointment.
What is it about
Aditya and Siddartha (Rama) are identical twins. They both look alike but their personalities are very different. Siddharth is a settled engineer, but Aditya takes offense to make a life. A murder occurs and the police suspect that Siddharth based on a photograph taken at the crime scene. However, Aditya is also arrested in another case and the police have to see which of the two were present at the crime scene.
Ram did a lot to play these dual characters and he is in his element. His body language is characteristically playing the role of Mas Aditya, though it reminds us of Ismart Shankar. He is a dignified Siddhartha charity form. Nivetha Pethuraj gets the best character out of the three female leads and did just fine. Malvika Sharma and Amrita did not have much to do. Satya gets funny one-liners and entertains here and there. Pavitra Lokesh appears in an interesting character who was left in the middle. Sampat Raj and Sonia Aggarwal among others made their presence known.
Kishore Tirumala is good at creating lighthearted romance dramas. Making a thriller does not seem to be his cup of tea. He made some changes to the treatment, which only diluted the material and the thrill factor. His direction is weak in the second half where the actual story unfolds. There was a need for an elaborate screenplay and fast paced narration, but Kishore’s direction fell flat. Only item number is noticeable in Mani Sharma’s songs. However, the background score is captivating. Cinematography is standard. The dialogues written by Kishore Tirumala are good. Creating value is just fine.
Rama’s performance as Aditya
Turning to climax
Slow first half
Not so much
Red is exhausting to see if you saw the original because by the end you won’t have any interesting factors to invest in the story. Even those who have not seen the original will not be pleased with how Red is heard. Kishore Tirumala tried to make this thriller appeal to a wider audience by expanding the initial parts. They do not serve any purpose for the plot and in turn make the first half very sluggish without any conflict.
By the time the director reaches the first plot point too late in a film of this plot, Lal wanders off the target. Pre-intermission scenes grab attention, but the most disappointing thing about Red is how its second half comes out. Kishore Tirumala also tried hard to put comedy into the proceedings as long as the audience was curious to know what really happened and who committed the crime between the two protagonists.
The thrill factor is leisurely slim due to the book’s direction and no urgency. The excerpts that tell us flashbacks of Ram and Ram are emotionally boring because they fail to evoke emotion. Sonia Aggarwal’s scenes only add to boredom rather than being emotionally engaging with Aditya’s character. The climatic episodes are the best about Thadam and they seem very quick and confusing in Red.
This is not the right choice for Ram, especially after playing a hyper mass character like Ismart Shankar. They had little to do in the second half except to tell and tell the police what happened. We cannot blame Kishore Tirumala much because it is not his cup of tea. He only tried to make this simple thriller appeal by adding a slight commercial touch to a wider audience. However, despite Ram’s stunning performance as Aditya, Red becomes a thriller, which neither thrills nor entertains.
Bottom Line: Remake Blues!
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