Screen Review: The Legend

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Saravanan (Saravanan Arul), a medical scientist who has become world famous due to his research in the field of antibiotics, returns to his native village. He wants to serve the people of his village by managing the college started by his grandfather.

Meanwhile, his childhood friend (Robo Shankar) dies of uncontrolled diabetes. Influenced by this, Saravanan embarks on research to find a cure for diabetes permanently. If such a drug is discovered, the multi-billion dollar trade in drugs including insulin will be severely disrupted.

Due to this, drug sales mafia including Suman are trying in many ways to obstruct Saravanan’s research. The story of ‘The Legend’ is whether or not Saravanan found the medicine in the face of all that. India has reached the status of capital of diabetes. Kudos to directors JD-Jerry for choosing this serious health issue as the focus of the story.

They succeed in conveying the contemporary data about diabetes, some medical facts to the audience through sentimental scenes created on the basis of family-friendship. Art direction, cinematography, music, visual effects, etc. have been used more than necessary, and they have set up grand scenery, action scenes, colorful song scenes.

Popular senior actors have been roped in for supporting roles. They have already tried to scare the villains with actors who have already seen them in many films. All this has been attempted with an outdated script written in the vein of many already successful entertainers. Amarar Vivek and Yogi Babu, two great comedians can be appreciated for joining the story instead of making them stand alone.

But there is nothing new in their humor either. Saravanan Arul, who plays Dr. Saravanan, doesn’t match the make-up as much as the ‘hairstyle’. She looks like a textile shop doll in special make-up. Even though he is established as the son of a wealthy family and an educated father, the fact that he wears colorful clothes to match the heroines in every scene is very artificial.

He is struggling to bring emotions to his face in the name of acting naturally. Instead, Panch gets bogged down in punch lines, fight scenes, body language in scenes where he presents himself as a young man.

If I had worked a little more on the love and dance scenes, I could have got a pass mark in that too. The directors, who thought of an awareness-raising storyline, failed to fit it into a screenplay that would appeal to today’s generation of viewers, leaving this ‘legend’ standing in the dark.

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