Doing a remake is no easy task. It has to satisfy the local audience. But Dharani has proved that he is a master in it. His Ghilli ( a remake of Telugu hit Okkadu) was a blockbuster. Now from the filmmakaer's stable comes Osthi, inspired by Bollywood hit Dabanng.
With STR enacting the role played by Salman Khan in the original, the movie is racy and rivetting, thanks to Dharani's swift screenplay and stylish manner in which Simbhu plays the lead role.
A police man who questions the system in the society in his own way forms the crux of the movie, but all said in a light-hearted manner by Dharani. The movie begins with pace from the word go and pace never stutters anywhere.
Osthi Velan (STR) may be a corrupt police man, but he lives life in his own way. He has some principles and does help needy at times. He fears for nothing. Osthi Velan has love-hate relationship with his half-brother (alan (Jithan Ramesh). He falls for Neduvali (Richa Gangopadhyaya), daughter of a drunkard (VTV Ganesh). There is a enemy
to Osthi Velan in the form of Boxer Daniel (Sonu Sood). Both cross swords with each other. Osthi Velan's life has a dotting mother (Revathy), a funny cop Selvam (Santhanam) around him.
It is Simbhu's show. He fights, dances, romances and does sing a song in his own voice. He cant be compared to Salman Khan for he brings his distinct style into the character. For his die-hard fans, he rips his shirt towards the climax fighting Sonu Sood.
Richa Gangopadhyaya is impressive too. After Mayakkam Enna, she has gone one stepabove in her career. She gets an opportunity to play a meaty role in this hero-driven script.
Sonu Sood does what he did in the original. At times funny, he gets serious at few places. Santhanam, Mayilsamy and Vaiyapuri evoke humour. Jithan Ramesh enacts the role played by Arbaz Khan as step-brother of Osthi Velan.
He gets a meaty role to play and there is romance for him too. He is energetic too onscreen.
Gopinath's camera and Thaman's music add pep to the entire Proceeding.They compliment the script well. Almost all the songs are foot-tapping. Dharani's one-liners especially the punchlines are funny and catchy. A honest remake, Osthi is entertaining if you forget all logic.