Cast: Jiiva, Shriya Saran
Roudram is one of those films where you end up wondering why someone had to spend two-and-half-hours to prove a point. Right from the word go, we are told that the protagonist is an angry young man who will not tolerate injustice. So far so good. Yet, when the director chooses to narrate the same point over and over again, it gets quite boring. Directed by Gokul, Roudram stars Jiiva and Shriya Saran in lead roles. The film is about a guy whose life is at stake because of his constant indulgence in picking up a fight, much to the dismay of his family members.
Jiiva stars as Shiva, who picks up fights with several goons without a second thought. This eventually becomes a major concern for his father (Jayaprakash). He falls in love with Priya (Shriya), who’s the daughter of a police office. Elsewhere, two gangsters Kittu (Ganesh Acharya) and Gowri are at loggerheads with each other. Shiva gets involved in a tussle with both of them and what happens when he becomes the target of these gangsters forms the rest of the story.
You can’t help but feel pity for Jiiva who finds himself in this botched up film. Most part of the first half revolves around Jiiva’s ability to portray anger through his eyes and he’s good at it. The second half is no different either but by then, the lethargic narration sends the audience into a sleep mode. Roudram has so many stunts that after a point of time, the action sequences are reduced to slickly shot trailers, which fade in and out. The presence of Shriya doesn’t help much either, although one cannot find fault with her. It’s only the subplot involving Shiva and his family members, which has good emotional quotient. The actor who is cast as Gowri definitely deserved a better ending after all the hype built up right from the beginning of the film.
Shanmugasundaram’s cinematography is good and the choice of locales to make this film couldn’t have been better. Prakash Nikki’s music is disappointing. If only the film had more story, it would have certainly made for an interesting watch. Thumbs down to Roudram. It’s a one-way ticket to boredom.