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Doctor Movie Synopsis: An army doctor helps his love interest’s family to find their kidnapped daughter.

Sivakarthikeyan in Doctor

Doctor Movie Review: In Nelson Dilipkumar’s Kolamaavu Kokila, the protagonist took to crime to save her poor family. In this sophomore effort, he once again gives us a protagonist who takes up crime for a good cause. The first time we see this protagonist, Varun (Sivakarthikeyan), he is at the battlefront treating an injured terrorist. A superior questions why he has chosen to save the terrorist over an Indian soldier. He coolly answers that the last’s physical issue is lethal, so saving the psychological militant would help in knowledge-gathering.


This is certainly a different role for Sivakarthikeyan, who, unlike in other films, is made to be less expressive and less talkative. In the initial scenes, seeing the actor this way does seem jarring. We wonder why he has to be absolutely expressionless and robotic, but as the story develops, you see how this very trait comes in handy for this character to do the things that he does. Limiting his attempt at portraying a serious character in Kanaa, one could call this is his first serious hero role. In fact, only Sivakarthikeyan and Vinay, who charmingly plays the suave, ruthless villain, Terry, running a kidnapping operation, get to play straight-faced characters among the film’s principal cast. Every other actor is funny in one way or the other.

Sivakarthikeyan in Doctor

And he sportingly lets the other actors take the limelight. Among the bunch of comic performers, Redin almost walks away with the film. His style is distinct among comedians who can deadpan. While most of them go subtle, he goes to the other extreme – loud and so over-the-top. Nelson seems to realize that this shtick might become quickly tiresome. He uses him effectively by pitting him against Yogi Babu, who is also in terrific form. Then, there is Deepa, who gets some of the film’s funniest lines. We also get a couple of bumbling criminals, played by Sunil and, who do a fab job in the second half of the film, when Varun and the family of Padmini (Priyanka Mohan) embark on a mission to save Chinnu, her school-going neice.

Official trailer of  Doctor

Interestingly, Padmini is Varun’s fiancé (ex-fiancé, as he corrects another character later in the film). The scene in which she rejects him in the presence of both their families sets the tone for the rest of the film. Nelson doesn’t let go of this darkly humorous tone even when things get serious. Even the one action set-piece in the film is peppered with comedy and inventiveness in staging.
And all along, the writing remains solid, giving us situations that might have felt implausible in a serious film but work brilliantly because of the dark comedy.

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