Bongu (Eng: Scheming) is an Indian Tamil-language action crime thriller film written and directed by Taj. The film features Natarajan Subramaniam and Ruhi Singh in the leading roles, while Pooja Bisht plays a pivotal supporting role. Production for the film began in late 2015.
After becoming victims of an unexpected treacherous act, Deva (Natty), Janani (Ruhi Singh) and Bhaskar (Arjunan) lose their hard-earned jobs. Dejected, they approach a local thug, who gives them an assignment – to steal a luxurious car from a big shot in the city.
After the trio succeeds in their mission, thanks to their planning and hard work, they are given another task; this time, they have to rob all the high-end cars of Pandian (Sharath Lohitashwa), a Madurai-based don. The team also includes Mani (Munishkanth), someone who knows a few of Pandian’s secrets. After reaching Madurai, Deva takes a membership in Pandian’s club to set their plan in motion. He gets to know a shocking secret about Pandian through the latter’s aide. Will Deva and his team be able to steal the cars? Has Pandian come to know about their mission? How are the two going to deal with each other? Watch out to know answers for these questions.
With a decent plot, Bongu engages viewers partly, thanks to its fast-paced narration and action episodes. However, a few forced light-hearted scenes and a couple of songs which appear in the second half spoil the tense mood of the film.
Natty, who made heads turn with Sathuranga Vettai, is once again seen as a confident guy who stands for what he believes in, mouthing philosophical dialogues. Nevertheless, he exudes energy in action scenes and in the portrayal of a slightly confused, yet revenge-seeking character. Ruhi Singh, the former Miss India, is a delight to watch on screen, thanks to her sharp features. Arjunan as Natty’s aide is apt. Munishkanth gets to enact the role of a scapegoat in this film, too. Sharath, as a baddie, is convincing. But Atul Kulkarni is a disappointment – the versatile performer definitely deserves more than what he is asked to do here. In a cat-and-mouse game, the role of a dedicated and intense cop should have written in a better way, especially when a seasoned artiste like him has been cast in the role.
To sum up, Bongu is a harmless entertainer with a few engaging moments. A tightly-packed screenplay could have made it a much more interesting watch.
Directed by Taj
Produced by Raghukumar, Rajarathnam & Sritharan
Written by Taj
Starring Natarajan Subramaniam, Ruhi Singh
Music by Srikanth Deva
Cinematography Mahesh Muthuswami
Edited by Gopi Krishna
Production RT Infinity Deal Entertainment
Distributed by KR Films
Release date 2 June 2017