The Legend Review | A Grand Scale Unintentional Spoof

A group of people is sitting in this fancy lab and planning to create a diabetes medicine that will cure it completely. And the leader of the gang, great scientist Saravanan begins the journey by telling them what a pancreas is. Throw in some fancy montages with colorful chemicals, chemical equations on a glass wall, augmented reality video call, tada! The medicine is ready. Considering how the movie was pushed back due to the pandemic difficulties, I am just glad that JD- Jerry didn’t make Saravanan the scientist who saved the world from the corona. With a plot that resembles the amalgamation of all the modern-day tropes you see in a big star Tamil action entertainer, The Legend starring Arul Saravanan will be less harmful if you approach it as a spoof.

Saravanan is a great scientist who returned to India to serve his people after his research at Telaviv university. While roaming around in posh costumes and fancy cars, Saravanan meets Thulasi and eventually ends up marrying her. A dear friend of Saravanan suddenly died, and he came to know that everyone in his family, including the small kids, had diabetes. And our hero decides to make a medicine that will cure it. With the pharmaceutical mafia feeling threatened, the journey becomes very uneasy for Saravanan and what we see in The Legend is that struggle.

I feel bad for myself and all the others who had to endure this 160-minute-long atrocity. But the folks who are really going to get hurt are the makers of Tamizh Padam 3. Outdoing The Legend won’t be an easy task for CS Amudhan. I kind of feel that they decided on the various types of songs they wanted in the movie and then built a screenplay to include all that in the film. Every beat of the movie is predictable, and it is impossible to see this movie as a serious creation at any point. From providing free medicine for people to creating ad campaigns for Banks (don’t share OTPs), the hero-worshipping tactics of the film are laughable attempts.

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As Dr. Saravanan in this Saravana Productions film, Arul Saravanan is literally stiff. Be it an emotional scene or a fight sequence; his head won’t bend. His posture during the entire movie reminded me of the time when the screws of my spectacles were a bit loose, and I couldn’t bend down properly. I don’t think they will release the VFX showreel of this film since there are many scenes with face swap. Geethika Tiwari is the Tamil Ponnu Thulasi, and the only purpose of that character is to be glamorous. The same goes for the character played by Urvashi Rautela as well. Suman is that stereotypical mafia head.

Late actor Vivek plays Saravanan’s uncle Thangam, and they have tried to maintain his voice from the on-location sound. To maintain the annoying comedy track throughout the film, they have included Yogi Babu in the movie. Irony had a good laugh when Saravanan comforted Yogi Babu by saying he shouldn’t feel inferior because of his color or looks. Nassar, Prabhu, Robo Shankar, Vijayakumar, etc., are the other prominent names in the cast.

The duo, JD-Jerry, has basically created a product for the producer’s narcissistic pleasure. Foreign locations, slow-motion entries, lengthy fight sequences, glamour driven songs are all there in this film. Even the sad song has both leading ladies dancing around Saravanan in a sensual mood. They kind of offer this complete package by picking all the trends in the market. I think the farmer’s issue was edited out due to excessive runtime. The Legend is set in a universe where logic has no place.

Velraj ensures that the hero is bright in every frame, and the whole film has an ad-film-like glossiness. Editor Ruben had the additional task of making us believe that his cuts ruined Saravanan’s smooth steps. All the songs by Harris Jayaraj are somewhat similar to certain other songs in his filmography.

Try to watch this movie with a group of friends in a theater. I think that way, you might be sharing the load of bearing something pathetic, and a community viewing can be entertaining too. If you consider laughing at a movie as a way of entertainment, this unintentional spoof will definitely work for you.

Final Thoughts

If you consider laughing at a movie as a way of entertainment, this unintentional spoof will definitely work for you.


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By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.