Bongu – A heist you should definitely miss
Movie Review by Vineetha Saikumar (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Heist films have been around for a long time now. They never go out of fashion, mainly because of new inventions and innovations with each passing day. These are the films that have made you sit on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next. Then there is Bongu, the trailer of which made it pretty evident that this was a movie on the same heist lines. The movie seemed promising in spite of two-thirds of the plot being available in the trailer itself.
Starring Natarajan (credited as ‘Rare Piece Natty’), Ruhi Singh, Sharath Lohitashwa, Atul Kulkarni and Ramdoss, Bongu starts off with four “ordinary” looking youngsters come to Chennai in search of jobs for a livelihood. They eventually become conmen and steal cars for a dealer. Indian Cinema has its protagonists as the star image of the film, showing the signs of honesty and hard work. If the protagonists are in the lines of doing the wrongful jobs, there is always a reason why. Of course Natty and his teammates have a solid reason.
Eventually, they end up planning a heist to steal the antagonist‘s cars (played by Sharath Lohitashwa). While the heist is being carried out, only raunchy images of the birthday celebrations are shown more than the process of how the thieves managed to steal 10 cars. The second half is mostly only about one car, the Rolls Royce Ghost which has more screen time than the badass cop (played by Atul Kulkarni) whose role was anything but versatile for an actor who is a powerhouse of talent.
Written and directed by Taj, the movie fails at every step by being mediocre and amateur in many ways, including the style of screenplay and overexposing hints of the events. A person goes to a movie expecting it to be extraordinary and something that will light up a dull moment. Bongu does exactly the opposite of that. The sound design is so out of place that you have to close your ears to get through some parts of the movie and pay close attention to the badly synced dialogues.
Bongu is an average entertainer that will make you sigh in a few places during the course of the film. Loose dialogues, bad acting and laidback screenplay, direction and editing will only make you wonder why you did not give this film a miss. Take my word and have a Fast & Furious marathon instead.