‘Tamil Rockerz’ sequence evaluation: Predictable storytelling that wastes potential

‘Tamil Rockerz’ has cliched character arcs and affords only a wafer-thin exploration of the central theme

‘Tamil Rockerz’ has cliched character arcs and affords only a wafer-thin exploration of the central theme

It’s little doubt that the notorious film piracy web site Tamilrockers holds a despicable place within the historical past of southern Indian cinema. The gang behind the notorious web site was infamous for audaciously asserting their large leaks. Their notoriety was such that each time they efficiently leaked a tremendous high quality print of a brand new launch, ‘followers’ got here up with memes, some even celebrating them. Many even checked out them as Robinhood-like figures. The anonymity of this group additionally paved manner for a lot of conspiracy tales, with some even linking them to a world syndicate. All issues thought-about, it is a meaty story that has the potential to make for a riveting watch. In Sony LIV’s internet sequence Tamil Rockerz, director Arivazhagan has, because the disclaimer reads, taken the inventive liberty to make a semi-fictional story about Tamilrockers.

Tamil Rockerz

Director: Arivazhagan

Forged: Arun Vijay, Vani Bhojan, Iswarya Menon, Azhagam Perumal, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan

Episodes: 8

Storyline: A infamous gang behind a film piracy web site threatens to leak an enormous star launch

We’re launched to this world by a 4am present of an enormous star launch. The movie shockingly will get leaked on-line simply minutes into the present, resulting in the suicide of the movie’s producer. The producers’ council now faces monumental stress, particularly since this additionally threatens ‘Adhiradi Star’ Adithya’s 300-crore movie Garuda, which is ready to launch in 10 days. The risk turns into actual when Tamil Rockerz broadcasts that they may leak the movie a day earlier than the scheduled launch. Going through monumental stress from all events involved, DIG Sandeep Menon appoints ACP Rudra (Arun Vijay) to move a particular group, consisting of cyber forensic officer Sandhya (Vani Bhojan), cyber crime SI Bhanu (Vinodhini Vaidyanathan), and inspector Nelson (Vinod Sagar), to seek out Tamil Rockerz and stop Garuda from being leaked on-line.

First issues first, to look at this sequence peacefully, one has to consciously let go of the necessity for lip-sync. All through its eight-episode lengthy period, the sequence has horrible lip-sync and campy sound results that impacts the viewing expertise.

Now, the teleplay of Tamil Rockerz is ready up in a manner that the day earlier than the movie’s launch, when the leak is ready to occur, is the ‘ticking time bomb’. Nevertheless, there hardly comes a second the place we truly really feel the suspense or the urgency, regardless of the story exhibiting monumental potential for a similar. In a baffling transfer, the makers even unmask the culprits — the members of the mysterious group — within the second episode and therefore it does not change into a whodunnit as nicely. The truth is, even the backstory of how and why the Tamil Rockerz got here to be is predictable.

The most important situation with the sequence, nonetheless, is in how the protagonist Rudra is written and the way the sequence weaves his arc. The very introduction scene of Rudra is a wreck. The scene is aimed to point out how ruthless Rudra is that he even goes out of line to safe justice. A heartbroken rogue cop heading a mission is just not new to cinema and the backstory of what made them who they’re is normally reserved for an emotional payoff later. Not in Tamil Rockerz, sadly. Rudra suffers a horrible loss and there’s no try to withhold any data from the viewers.

Having proven all of it, the sequence goes on to juxtapose the investigation narrative with scenes from Rudra’s backstory regardless of already telling us its destiny. This obvious instrument to make us really feel for the cop, and the best way it’s employed right here, begs the query whether it is crucial for the cop’s pathos to have a hyperlink with the central battle. Why cannot a cop — simply any cop — be heading this case? Is not the plight of the victims for whom the sequence stands for sufficient to inspire a cop to work for it?

The sequence additionally suffers in how some scenes, even when written nicely, are positioned. As an example, MS Bhaskar seems in one of the vital touching, heartbreaking scenes in your complete sequence. As at all times, Bhaskar brings his A-game to the fore however the placement and the comfort in how the concept is introduced in makes even its noble intent really feel force-fed.

All of the above would have mattered lesser had the central narrative of the sequence, the investigation into the Tamil Rockerz group, been partaking. Blame all of the notions and theories that exist within the public consciousness concerning the group, the model of the story that Arivazhagan chooses to say is slightly bland for display. In fact, one actually can not help if the truth of an occasion does not make for an important cinematic story. Nevertheless, even when given this good thing about the doubt, nothing can save the horrible writing of Rudra’s investigation which lacks any excessive factors. The truth is, that is an Assistant Commissioner of Police who even whereas chasing a serious wrongdoer does not ever name for backup. And for a narrative of a gaggle that’s touted to have worldwide hyperlinks, the deepest it goes technologically is to say how deleted recordsdata in a pen drive will be recovered.

It is unlucky that this sequence affords little payback for Arun Vijay, who has given his finest. Furthermore, even when the intention of the makers comes from the appropriate place, how do you are taking a sequence severely when, in its world, a movie producer, director and even the actor’s father calls the star ‘Adhiradi Star Adithya’? With the sequence hinting at a second season, all one can do is hope that it manages to redeem itself.

Tamil Rockerz is at the moment streaming on Sony LIV

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