Mr. Local

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Mr. Local
Mr. Local poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byM. Rajesh
Produced byK. E. Gnanavel Raja
Written byM. Rajesh
Screenplay byM. Rajesh
StarringSivakarthikeyan
Nayanthara
Raadhika
Sathish
Yogi Babu
Narayan Lucky
Music byHiphop Tamizha
CinematographyDinesh Krishnan
Arthur A. Wilson (1 song)
Edited byVivek Harshan
Production
company
Distributed byTanvee Films
Sakthi Film Factory
Release date
17 May 2019
Running time
154 minutes
LanguageTamil

Mr. Local is a 2019 Indian Tamil language romantic action comedy film written and directed by M. Rajesh.[1] The film stars Sivakarthikeyan and Nayanthara in the lead roles, marking their second collaboration after Velaikkaran.[2][3][4] The principal photography of the film commenced around May 2018 and post-production was progressing as of February 2019.[5] It was theatrically released in India on 17 May 2019.[6]

Plot[edit]

The film begins in a jail in Paris, where a prisoner named Manohar (Sivakarthikeyan), who is from Chennai, India, has just been released on bail provided by the Indian Embassy. Before his release, he tells the jail warden about how he ended up in the Paris jail.

Mano is a middle-class youth who works as a salesperson in KUN Hyundai managed by Kuthala Sithambaram (Robo Shankar). One day, he meets with a minor accident involving Keerthana Vasudevan (Nayanthara), who is a television serial producer. Keerthana is an arrogant woman and soon develops a hatred for Mano, who constantly irritates her with his antics. Keerthana's hatred for Mano is such that she buys the KUN Hyundai showroom only to fire him, and she even goes to the extent of firing Sithambaram and Mano's friend Raja (Sathish) just because they oppose her decision of terminating Mano. Mano soon develops romantic feelings for Keerthana, but this only increases the friction between the two. Later, Keerthana meets with an accident and is admitted to the hospital by Mano, who even donates blood to her to save her life. Keerthana, who appears grateful to Mano for his gesture, invites him to Paris to meet her aunt and uncle and spend a few days with them, but this turns out to be a trap hatched by Keerthana to get rid of him once and for all. Keerthana speaks ill of Mano's family, which causes him to get angry and slap her. For this reason, he is arrested.

In the present day, following his release, Mano borrows the warden's motorbike to meet Keerthana before leaving for India. He sees Keerthana being chased by goons led by her fiancé Ashwin (Narayan Lucky) since she had called off the engagement after finding out that Ashwin is a transgender man and a misogynist as well. Mano saves Keerthana from Ashwin and his goons, after which he leaves for India. It is at this juncture that Keerthana realises that she too loves Mano. She returns to Chennai a few days later and accepts Man's love.

Cast[edit]

  • Sivakarthikeyan as Manohar, an employee at Hyundai car showroom in Chennai
  • Nayanthara as Keerthana Vasudevan, CEO of KV Entertainments and Mano's rival
  • Raadhika Sarathkumar as Easwari, Mano's mother
  • Sathish as P. Raja, Mano's friend who also works at the showroom
  • Yogi Babu as Auto Sekar, Mano's area friend
  • Narayan Lucky as Ashwin, businessman and Keerthana's fiancé
  • Robo Shankar as Kuthala Sithambaram, manager of the Hyundai car showroom
  • Thambi Ramaiah as Lakshman, Keerthana's uncle and KV Entertainments manager
  • John Vijay as Arjun Reddy, Raja's personal lawyer
  • Anil Murali as Inspector Prasanna Kumar, a corrupt policeman
  • "Eruma Saani" Harija as Divya, Mano's sister
  • Nakshathra Nagesh as Sowmiya, serial artist
  • Dhadi Balaji as serial director
  • Shalu Shammu as Asha Jasmine, an employee at the car showroom

Production[edit]

Filming began in May 2018, marking Sivakarthikeyan's 13th film as lead actor.[7] Portions of the film were shot in Chennai. The first look poster of the film was unveiled by actor Sivakarthikeyan himself through his Twitter account on 2 February 2019. The filmmakers confirmed that the film is not a remake of the 2017 Telugu hit film Nenu Local which starred Nani.[8] The film was shot extensively in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was theatrically released in India on 17 May 2019, receiving mostly negative reviews from critics.

Music[edit]

The score and soundtrack were composed by Hiphop Tamizha. The lyrics were written by Hiphop Tamizha, Mirchi Vijay, K. R. Dharan, Rokesh, Paul B. Sailus and SanGan.

Mr. Local
Soundtrack album by
Released17 May 2019
Recorded2019
GenreSingle
LanguageTamil
LabelThink Music
Hiphop Tamizha chronology
Natpe Thunai
(2019)
Mr. Local
(2019)
Comali
(2019)
Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Takkunu Takkunu"Mirchi VijayAnirudh Ravichander3:32
2."Kalakkalu Mr Localu"K.R. DharanSivakarthikeyan3:45
3."Menaminiki"RokeshBenny Dayal, Snigdha Chandra3:52
4."Mr. Local Theme"Hiphop Tamizha, Paul B Sailus, SanGan, K.R. DharanHiphop Tamizha, Paul B Sailus, SanGan, Palaniammal2:40
5."Nee Nenacha"Hiphop TamizhaSid Sriram4:28
Total length:18:07

Reception[edit]

Galatta wrote, "Mr Local fails to engage the audience with its unfunny comedies" and rated the movie 1.75 out of 5.[9] Wetalkiess gave the film 2.5 out of 5, calling it an average movie which could have been better.[10] Behindwoods gave it 2.0 out of 5, stating that "Mr. Local misses out on entertainment".[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan's film with director Rajesh titled 'Mr Local' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ "SK13 titled Mr. Local". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan and Nayanthara to share screen space in Mr Local". The Indian Express. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ "These stills from Siva-Nayan's Mr Local is breaking the internet!". Weportal. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr Local in its final stage of shooting". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Mr. Local Review (2/5): The film is full of ineffective one-liners, illogical scenes and exhausting dialogues and songs". The Times of India. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  7. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (2 February 2019). "Sivakarthikeyan becomes Mr Local". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan's 'Mr. Local' is not a Telugu remake - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  9. ^ Raj, Vivek. "Sivakarthikeyan's Mr Local Movie Review". Galatta.
  10. ^ "மிஸ்டர் லோக்கல் விமர்சனம்". Wetalkiess. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Mr. Local Movie Review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

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