With many theater complexes screening Raghavan
and Kodathe Kottalira in adjacent screens one
gets the feeling of being in Chennai with Kamal
Haasan and Premji Amaran and the rest of the Chennai
28 gang looking down at you from posters.
Raghavan has been declared a success but the
Chennai 28 version may not meet with a similar
verdict. First it lacks the star pull that Kamal
brings. Added to that is the fact that audience
are pointing a finger at the lack of nativity
in the movie. Quite natural as the original was
made keeping the youth of Chennai in mind. Also,
this one being a comedy, the dubbed dialogues
might not have the same effect with the extremely
vital timing of the punch line getting affected.
Even a fraction of a second’s deviation
can take the zing off a joke.
But all said and done it is indeed commendable
that a movie made by a team of rookies (they are
no longer that in Tamil cinema) has been dubbed
and released quite extensively in Andhra Pradesh.
And, who knows…. When the original was released
in Tamil Nadu it took a week or two before public
opinion began to grow in it’s favor and
it never stopped growing until Sivaji came along.
With no Sivaji in sight in Andhra Pradesh the
Telugu Chennai 28 might just mature like wine
and become a hit.