• Sandeep Chandrasekar

Doctor Tamil Movie Review

Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Priyanka Mohan, Yogi Babu, Redin Kingsley

Director: Nelson Dilipkumar

Music: Anirudh Ravichander

After more than one and half years of not writing any reviews, I finally got some motivation (and time) to write a piece on Nelson’s Doctor.

After seeing the trailer of the film, I expected the movie to be another one which is going to join the list of movies about human trafficking. The film's fuel to run it is humour but the engine is about human trafficking. At the end of the day, everyone is going to talk about the mileage of the vehicle and not about the performance. Similarly, Doctor keeps running on humour to drive the film forward and towards the later part of the movie, Nelson had to take a few pit stops which made the ride little bumpy albeit being thoroughly enjoyable.

The fuel for the movie is definitely not Sivakarthikeyan and though he is the lead character, he leans more towards the means to fuel the movie, rather than being the fuel himself. The supporting actors, especially Redin Kingsley as Bhagat and Yogi Babu as Prathap absolutely steal your laughs with their comedy on point. The film is a dark comedy like Nelson’s debut film Kolamavu Kokila, where there is comedy everywhere despite a tragedy underlying in many parts of the film.

The songs in Doctor don’t feel like speed breakers as the two songs in the films convey the different emotions the characters are facing at different stages and Anirudh has catered that need perfectly.

At some point in the film, after having had a good laugh riot, you start to wonder how any of what the film’s characters are doing is actually feasible. But Nelson keeps reminding you to enjoy the film rather than seeing logic here. Vinay as a villain sounds fantastic considering his role as Devil in Thupparivaalan, but he is under utilised as he comes only in the second half and you’d be left wanting to see more of him. There is a lot going on in the film, but when you remove the element of comedy, this movie would not receive the response it garners today.

Nelson tries to be different in every way possible in Doctor and he is successful at doing that. He plays according to his sensibilities which is the best part about Doctor. My favourite part about watching Doctor in the theatre was seeing everyone sit in their seats patiently enjoying and waiting for Chellama to get over despite knowing that all that there is to roll after the final song are the credits. That is the moment you realise what impact Nelson is leaving you behind after the movie.

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