S J Suryah has given a stellar performance in Bommai (2023), but its predictability and lack of originality let the film down. The film’s title and promotional material make it clear that Priya Bhavani Shankar‘s character is to be a doll (mannequin), and the opening scene of Suryah taking medication for his mental health further narrows down the possibilities. As a result, there is little suspense or surprise in the film’s plot, and the audience is left feeling underwhelmed.

Despite its flaws, Bommai does have some positive qualities. The film’s focus on the protagonist is refreshing, and the flashback scenes are tight. The police were portrayed in a positive light and though the hero visits a Tasmac shop he never drinks, both rarities in Tamil cinema. However, these positive aspects are not enough to save Bommai from being a disappointment. There was no role for PBS other than appearing in different costumes and speaking a few lines.

Radha Mohan, famous for making masterpieces from simple human emotions in his previous films like Abhiyum Naanum (2008) and Uppu Karuvaadu (2015) has disappointed us, the magic touch was missing. The super hit song from Ullasaparavaigal, “Deiveega Raagam” plays several times in the film and it got monotonous soon. Overall, Bommai was a lifeless film that fails to live up to its potential.

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