Dikkiloona review – A partially engaging sci-fi comedy drama with limited fun

Title: Dikkiloona
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Santhanam, Anagha, Shirin Kanchwala, Yogi Babu, Anandraj, Munishkanth, Motta Rajendran
Director: Karthik Yogi
Streaming on: Zee5
Language: Tamil

Story: EB Mani (Santhanam) is unhappy with his life gets a lucky chance of going back in time using a time machine and setting things right in his life. During this process, unexpected things happen. How did Mani come out of this and did he get the life he wanted or not forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Santhanam does his part well and delivers the funny one-liners expected from him in his usual style. However, the focus is not entirely on one-liners in this film and he gets some scope to perform in emotional scenes and he has done well. Anagha has done well in a role that is not just restricted to songs and love scenes. Shirin Kanchwala is okay as the other female lead. Munishkanth and Anandraj entertain within their short screen space. Yogi Babu, Motta Rajendran and others haven’t contributed much in the entertainment section. Cricketer Harbhajan Singh appeared in a cameo.

Technicalities: Camerawork is neat. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is decent but nowhere close to his potential. The remix of Ilayaraja’s old song was good. Editing could have been better by trimming out some comedy scenes which didn’t work out well.

Analysis: The story of the film is nothing new but has good scope for entertainment and hilarious sequences but sadly, it has only been partially utilised. The time travel element has been handled in a sensible way with a neat emotional thread attached to it which ensures that the sci-fi part does not become completely mindless. The film has a few fun sequences which have the potential to tickle our funny bone but the same cannot be said for all the comedy portions in the film. Some scenes misfire and test patience, especially towards the end, when the long runtime starts feeling like an issue. The film turns into a proper drama for a long while in the second half which may not satisfy those seeking nonstop fun. Director Karthik Yogi has done a commendable job with the time travel concept and the drama associated with it but he should have also focused on maintaining a constant flow of entertainment throughout the long runtime.

On a whole: Dikkiloona offers a few laughs here and there but does not generate nonstop hilarious fun. It is clean with no vulgarity, so can be watched with family purely for time pass, if bored.

Rating: 2.5/5

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