‘Mr. Local’ Movie Review!

‘Mr. Local’ is a usual entertainment of a ‘Thara Local’ guy clashing for romance with a big shot!

Reviews 18-May-2019 6:31 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction: M. Rajesh
Production: Studio Green
Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Sathish, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Robo Shankar, Thambi Ramaiah
Music: Hiphop Tamizha Adhi
Cinematography: Dinesh Krishnan & Arthur A. Wilson
Editor: Vivek Harshan

After ‘Velaikkaran’, Lady Superstar and Siva Karthikeyan have been associated once again in M. Rajesh’s directorial ‘Mr. Local’ such that the expectations have been in the great point of hype. Is this ‘Mr. Local’ is an absolute treat for the fans of both the stars?


Manohar (Siva Karthikeyan) works in a well-established automobile company such that he lives in a middle class family which compromises of his mother (Raadhika Sarathkumar) and his sister Divya (‘Eruma Saani’ Harija). However he gets to meet Keerthana Vasudevan (Nayanthara) through an accident who is a CEO of a film production house who shows off her image and status in the society with strong economic background, both Manohar and Keerthana remains to be in clash like a cat and mouse for an extremely long period. In spite of irritating her too the core, Manohar gets impressed with the style and attitude of Keerthana whereas she denies his proposal with lots of exaggerations and insulting. How Manohar will impress Keerthana besides all the ego issues? When will Keerthana fall in love with Manohar by understanding his genuine love on her makes the climax of ‘Mr. Local’!


Seen M. Rajesh to be good entertainer through the comical screenplay he had presented in ‘Siva Manasula Sakthi’, ‘Boss Engira Bhaskaran’, ‘Oru Kal Oru Kannadi’ and many other films, ‘Mr. Local’ seems to dash down slightly with some logic mistakes. It seems like the comedy sequences which were having the faces of Yogi Babu, Sathish and Robo Shankar have actually tried making the film engaged other than the normal romance and spontaneous wits of Siva Karthikeyan. However the technical aspects like cinematography of Dinesh Krishnan & Arthur A. Wilson for one song and editing of Vivek Harshan looked descent throughout the film, the duration seemed little stretched out in some sequences of the first half and the second half approaching to the climax as well. Some portions like the sequences in Paris and Nayanthara taking SK to Paris to insult him looked a bit not required, it was an usual film to watch for entertainment. Apart from them, Hiphop Tamizha Adhi also was descent by somehow satisfying the usual mass songs in SK’s films.


Been the main lead, Siva Karthikeyan tried his maximum to entertain on screen such that it seemed very usual without setting any variation in the character he owed when compared to his previous films. However the intentionally irritating character of Siva Karthikeyan seemed interesting by taking us to the nostalgia of Superstar’s ‘Mannan’ and ‘Panakkaran’ (just ‘nostalgia’), Nayanthara seemed so gorgeous with plump and fair looks as a woman belonging to a high class background, the character looked without more weightage compared the characters she had played in her previous films. Thambi Ramaiah as an assistant to Nayanthara, ‘Eruma Saani’ Harija as SK’s sister and Raadhika SarathKumar as a lovable mother have performed the supporting roles well. Last but not the least, the comedians Yogi Babu, Robo Shankar and Sathish tried so much of their wits to make the audience involved in the bits they have appeared in the film.

What works?

1) Siva Karthikeyan and Nayanthara

2) Comedy

What doesn’t work?

1) Old story

2) Not so impactful screenplay

3) Length of the film

On the whole, ‘Mr. Local’ is a usual entertainer which is one and only for SK Fans; might be said to be a tiny scratch off with ‘salt and pepper’ seasoning in his peeping up career graph.


‘Mr. Local’ is a usual entertainment of a ‘Thara Local’ guy clashing for romance with a big shot!


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