After much delay (due to the Kollywood strike), Tamil film ‘Bhaskar Oru Rascal’ hit the theatres on Thursday. Earlier the film was set for a Pongal release. Helmed by Siddique, who also helmed the original film starring Mammootty and Nayanthara in the lead, Bhaskar Oru Rascal is a comedy-drama. The film stars Arvind Swamy and Amala Paul in pivotal roles. The film is touted to be a family drama and the story revolves around the lives of two single parents, played by Arvind and Amala. Both have a boy and a girl respectively. Here, we bring you the critics’ review of the Tamil film. Also Read - Nayanthara’s BF Vignesh Shivan Gives Savage Reply to Troll For Indecent Comment on Mother’s Day

Sify: The film’s biggest strength is Arvind Swamy and the single reason why the film is watchable. The first half of the film is slightly better with some good entertainment, thanks to the cute kids and Arvind Swamy’s characterization. But post-intermission, things do not work mainly because of the over the top stunts in the climax, forced twists and needless crime angle. The music in Bhaskar Oru Rascal is passable and Vijay Ulaganath’s cinematography is strictly average. As pointed out earlier, the action choreography is outdated and does not match the current standards. Overall, Bhaskar Oru Rascal is an average entertainer which would’ve worked in the late 90’s. Also Read - Will Mohanlal And Mammootty Reduce Their Fees by 50 Per Cent After Lockdown? Malayalam Producers Draft a Request

Firstpost: The first half of the film provides some entertainment as Bhaskar gets into a lot of mess due to his anger management issues. Some comic relief is provided by Robo Shankar, Soori and Ramesh Kanna who play his assistants. Post interval though, the comedy track falls flat as the action scenes start rolling. The trouble here is Siddique still believes that the ’80s commercial template will work with today’s audiences, who have long moved on. In the first half, the film is a comedy, with romance and songs thrown in; while in the second half it becomes an action-packed film with criminal gangs and a terrorist angle thrown in. The violence is a bit much for a film claiming to have family values. And the director makes the kids in the film talk like mature adults, which is hard to digest. On the whole, Bhaskar Oru Rascal is like an ’80s escapist entertainer with no logic. Also Read - Short Film on Coronavirus: Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Ranbir, Priyanka, Alia Team-up For ‘Family’

Times Of India: The issue with the film is the same that its original version, too, had. While the first half offers some interesting moments, in spite of some loud performances from some artistes, a promising twist, unfortunately, makes way to a less-engaging second half. The songs hardly impress, while the background score is strictly OK. What could have been a lighthearted family drama with little fun moments, goes on to become a confused action film, with criminals and gang wars, later. Towards the end, at least convincing screenplay developments and a less-exaggerated fight sequence would have provided relief.