Movie Review : DD Returns
The much awaited Santhanam, Surbhi starrer DD Returns hits theatres on July 28th.
Sathish ( Santhanam) is in love with Sofia ( Surbhi back in Tamil ). But due to a series of circumstances, he has to get her out of the clutches of a demonic local bigwig and gather 25 lakhs for her freedom. When he tries to do so, due to series of quirky events, he lands up in a haunted house and has to battle 5 ghosts on order to get back his lady love.
In the meantime, several others groups of criminals are also after him for the booty and all land up at the haunted castle. What happens next?
The film keeps you entertained for the most part. The ghosts in the castle have been given a back story of a particular game and the way the treasure of Santhanam lands up at the castle as well as the other gangs, is well tied up together, making for a plausible storyline.
With so many artists in the film from motta Rajendran to Redin Kingsley and Muniskanth and others, there is never dull moment. Santhanam makes a superb comeback with comic timing and one liners and it's good to see him in this avatar. With Surbhi, the duo make a good screen pair. For Surbhi too its good return to Tamil cinema.
The highlight of the movie and why the comedy works is the way Santhanam has given ample space for every artist and comedian to shine and keep the laughs coming.
Kudos to the director for a light hearted subject, with gags running fast all through, and fun moments splashed all across the screen time.
The sets of the castle look painstakingly put together with a lot of detailing which all adds value to the film.
There, is no distracting romantic overload nor unnecessary stunts and the focus is on the comedy with a splatter of horror in keeping with the story.
The locations are well chosen and make for good visuals. The bgm fits well into the screenplay.
On the flip side, some gags don't work while the Pradeep Rawat's voice is too boomimgly loud. The scenes of the child artist shooting arrows at people is disturbing and could have been avoided. There are few scenes of gore, unsuitable for kids.
Overall DD Returns is an entertaining horror comedy which keeps you engaged and the laughs coming.
N Santhanam - Sathish
Surbhi - Sofia
Masoom Sankar - Clara
Pradeep Ram Singh Rawat - Fernandes
Maran - Ravi
Kingsley - Benny
FEFSI Vijayan - Anbarasu
Motta Rajendran - Professor
Munish kanth - Bheem
Bipin - Kulanthai
Dheena - Madhi
Sethu - Pambu
Thankadurai - Blade Babu
Rita - Granny
Manasvi - Rachael
Deepa - Malika
Production : RK Entertainment
Produced by : C. Ramesh Kumar
Directed by : S. Prem Anand
DOP : Dipak kumar Padhy
Editor : N. B. Srikanth
Art : A.R Mohan
Stunt : Hari Dinesh
Choreography : Sandy
VFX : R. Harihara Suthan (Lorven Studios)
Sound Mix : RajaKrishan
Sound Design : Sync cinema
Publicity Design : Dinesh Ashok
Costume Designer : Jasmine Joseph
PRO : Nikil Murukan