The weekend has just begun and we at Pppcorn Reviewss wish you a happy and prosperous new year! And with the weekend comes a bag full of new releases including the Bollywood Biggie Sooryavanshi. But before that I decided to watch and review a Tamil film which was much talked about right from the time it had its theatrical release. ‘Doctor’ finally premiered on Netflix last night and I literally jumped at it the very next second. Does it manage to impress, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Doctor follows the story of a doctor who gets entangled in a human trafficking coup after the disappearance of a little girl. Now, if this was the one liner that you read what would you make of it? Another commercial potboiler with a very serious theme? Wrong! This is in its heart a dark comedy veiled as a commercial potboiler. And this is the exact reason why things get interesting here. The screenplay especially in the first half takes the route of dark comedy. So there are ample situations created that will not only make you chuckle but at times make you laugh hysterically. The humour is prevalent in some of the serious scenes as well which for me was a big risk. But the writing was so good that it held my attention throughout and found me hooked and booked. The twists and turns are truely bizarre but amazing to watch! Come the second hour, the humour quotient dips slightly. Things get more serious and cerebral with an undercurrent of a heist. But this is engaging too as the writing does not drop guard even for it a bit. This culminates into a final act which is exciting to watch. Overall, a highly enjoyable screenplay with ample dollops of dark humour.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quirky and so well written that they will invariably make you laugh. Some of the funniest scenes are in the second half too featuring Yogi Babu and how hilarious the dialogues were there! The music by Anirudh is outstanding here and blends so well with the drama. The BGM is pulsating and heightens the drama in many parts. Director Nelson Dilipkumar does a stupendous job here. The dark humour which he introduces in the script is so much fun and a risk that has paid off and how! This is what sets Doctor apart from other similar commercial potboilers!
The performances are outstanding! Milind Soman shines in a little cameo and yes the man never ages! Raghu Ram as Melvin and Rajiv Lakshman as Alvin play the two twins and they both are excellent here. Both of them are in their elements and this makes for a great casting! Yogi Babu as Prathap is hilarious especially in the game which he plays. I couldn’t stop myself from laughing hysterically, all due to his impeccable comic timing! Redin Kingsley as Bhagat is equally hilarious. He has this firm stoic look throughout that makes even the most serious dialogues laughable but in a good way! Vinay Rai as Terry who plays the main antagonist might be introduced a little late in the screenplay but he has a tremendous screenpresence and is a worthy nemesis to our protagonist. Priyanka Arulmohan as Padhmini looks so pretty and does a nicely restrained job here. Hoping to watch more of her going forward. Sivakarthikeyan as Varun is exceptional here. Even in this commercial potboiler, he did not have this over the top image. He maintained the balance of the character throughout and came out with flying colours. Outstanding job done!
Doctor is a black comedy veiled as a commercial potboiler that will make you laugh and entertain you throughout. Available on Netflix and Highly Highly Recommended!