Synopsis: A corrupt cop who has a heartbreaking childhood realises his mistakes and turns into a sincere officer to take on a dreaded criminal and his son.
Review: Though it’s been two years since a film of Raghava Lawrence hit the screens, he made a couple of attempts to win the hearts of people with his off screen acts recently. His Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva, the remake of Telugu hit film Pataas, hence, was expected to give him a boost with regard to his stardom. Call it a coincidence or an experiment, we are baffled when letters S, U, P, E, R, S, T, A, R popped up on screen in style. Though the actor is a self-confessed fan of Rajinikanth, we are left scratching our heads over the idea behind crediting the same moniker to him, too. Much to our surprise, the word ‘Makkal’ is added to it, making him the ‘Makkal Superstar’!
The film begins with a ruthless and ambitious, yet funny (yes, you read it right) politician GK (Ashutosh Rana) making the right moves for his son Sanjay (Vamsi Krishna) to excel in politics. A senior cop (Sathyaraj) who is miffed with GK’s unlawful business hopes that a daring officer will join the department to curb the activities. Enter Shiva (Lawrence), who engages in a half-funny, half-serious fight sequence in a forest to save a minister (VTV Ganesh). With the recommendation of the minister, Shiva takes charge as ACP in Chennai.
He moves closely with GK and helps the local thugs to earn money through illegal ways, which irks Sathyaraj’s character. An untoward incident, which involves GK’s son, however changes him, making him realise the power and duty of police. From then on, he is seen in a ‘beast mode’ taking on the baddies, except for the occasions where he meets his lady love (Nikki Galrani), who plays a TV journalist.
Lawrence, unsurprisingly, excels in stylish moves in the dance sequences, fights with grace and pulls off the role of a cop decently with his attitude. But the scenes involving his emotional flashback lack conviction and could have been developed in a better way. The character of Sathyaraj is side-lined often, while that of Ashutosh Rana faces nativity issues. Though the film boasts a bevy of actors like Kovai Sarala, Sathish, VTV Ganesh, Thambi Ramaiah, etc, their roles appear more as extended cameos. A few scenes which were enjoyable (rather decent) in the Telugu version, like the transformation of the hero and the father-son relationship, appear ineffective here. The bizarre scene (due to execution) of mothers beating up their college-going children, one of the awkward scenes in Pataas, has been retained in this version, too. Nevertheless, the film follows the regular template of a cop story.
The songs Hara Hara Mahadeva Ki, featuring Raai Laxmi, and Adaludan Paadalai Kettu, a remix of the yesteryear MGR song, which has Nikki Galrani, provide ample scope for glamour and the actresses add some oomph factor to keep the viewers glued to the screen.