Aadithya (Aravind Swamy) is a person whose only aim is to “enjoy” life with so many girls and lot of drinks and is the personification of the film’s title ‘Bogan’. For a royal life he steals huge money from banks and jewelry shops. He uses a super natural power to execute his crimes without getting caught. His power helps him to make others scapegoat for his crimes.
Vikram (Jayam Ravi) is an upright cop and he gets engaged to his lady love Mahalakshmi (Hansika). While all things are going fine for Vikram, all hell breaks loose when his father (Aadukalam Naren) a bank staff becomes the victim of Aadithya and gets arrested by the police for the bank robbery committed by the latter.
Now Vikram has to save his father by finding the real criminal and bring him to book. With his clever investigation and by successfully employing a ploy with his colleagues (Akshara Gowda, Nagendra Prasath and Varun), he arrests Aadithya. But Aadithya’s super natural power creates new challenges. Vikram finds himself being a scapegoat.
What happens next? Does Vikram succeed in his mission to save his father from the wrath of law?
Bogan is a complete show of Arvind Swamy and Jayam Ravi. Their performances and the twists in their characters are the reasons that make ‘Bogan’ a fairly engaging film despite too many logical violations and the length.
Aadithya’s super natural power is an interesting fantasy element in the film. It has been effectively utilized to create many interesting scenes. This also gives room to entirely opposite character sketch for both the actors which they have performed really well.
However, it would have been much better if the character sketch of Arvind Swamy was given a little more detailing. The investigation scenes could have come with a little more detailing. The murders happening in a police complex and the pre-climax sequences want us to completely suspend disbelief. The initial sequences between Hansika and Jayam Ravi lack look childish and artificial.
Bogan would have been a much better film if the scriptwriter-director Lakshman had concentrated more in these areas and portrayed them in a convincing manner
Nevertheless Lakshman deserves credit for coming up with such a different concept and for creating the interesting sequences between the protagonist and antagonist getting in different bodies. He has also created many interesting twists throughout.
Jayam Ravi has given yet another earnest performance. He gets to play the villain act in a large part of second half and carries it in a commendable manner.
Arvind Swamy has done an extraordinary job as a clever ruthless villain. In the predominant part of second half he first becomes a vulnerable scapegoat and later gathers scope for some heroic stunts. The veteran carries all these with sheer finesse.
Hansika looks bubbly and glamorous. Akshara Gowda, Nagendra Prasad and Varun just fit the bill. Ponvannan and Aadukalam Naren are convincing for their roles as usual. Nasser has been stereotyped for long with similar roles and this film he comes up with a stunning performance when his character takes a complete U turn towards the climax.
Among the songs of D.Imman, well picturised.’Damaalu Dumeelu’ and ‘Vaarai Vaarai’ are pleasing to listen. For a change he seems to have focused more on BGM and his hard work is evident in the result. Cinematographer Soundararajan has given a rich look to the film with his lens.
Performances of Arvind Swamy & Jayam Ravi
Too many logical flaws
Bogan is an engaging mainly due to its novel idea and the way the actors have carried them.
Bogan: Novel and engaging
Written and directed by: Lakshman
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy, Hansika, Akshara Gowda, Nasser, Aadukalam Naren, Ponvannan