Bruce Lee is a Tamil action-comedy film written and directed by Prasanth Pandiraj, starring G. V. Prakash Kumar and Kriti Kharbanda in the leading roles. Produced by Kenanya Films, the film began production during July 2015 and was released on 17 March 2017.
Bruce Lee (GV Prakash) is a coward who runs away from facing problems. Bruce Lee is the name given to him by his mother after she finds out that her son loves watching the actor’s movies, and to make him a courageous person when he grows up. But, he continues to remain a coward though he wins the love of a pretty girl (Kriti Kharbanda). The film, which has a slew of uninteresting flashback sequences, lacks a back story about how they fall in love, which makes the romantic track unconvincing. But that doesn’t deter the love birds to show their intimacy to each other.
Lee and Abbas (Bala Saravanan), his close friend, unexpectedly get into a tussle with Maasi and Kasi, the close aides of Ramdoss (Muniskanth), a dreaded don. Lee, a self-confessed fan of minister Mansoor (Mansoor Ali Khan), follows him one day and finds him in the company of Ramdoss. He clicks the photo of an unexpected incident which happens there and runs for his life to save himself, Abbas and their lovers.
A bevy of characters, essayed by Anand Raj (as a police officer), Naan Kadavul Rajendran (a local thug) and others, make ineffective appearances, which in no way takes the story forward. Even Muniskanth’s role, as a person who is over-obsessed with the characters of The Dark Knight and The Godfather, which starts off as an interesting one, later falls flat. Naan Kadavul Rajendran being used as spoof material in almost every other film has become irritating and it’s high time this actor is utilised sensibly. There’s also a mention of Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s show Solvathellam Unmai in this film, too, again for no reason. The film also tries to ride on unnecessary Thala-Thalapathy references; though, the only scene that was lapped up by the audiences is one showing Vijay fans celebrating the release of Khushi.
The film starts with the popular quote of Quentin Tarantino — ‘I steal from every single movie ever made’, which is followed by ‘I get inspired from every single movie ever made’, this one by Prasanth Pandiaraj. Let’s just hope no one gets inspired by this film and makes movies titled Jackie Chan, Tiger Chen or Tony Jaa.
Directed by Prashanth Pandiraj
Produced by J. Selvakumar, P. Ravichandran & G. Vittal Kumar
Written by Prasanth Pandiraj
Starring G. V. Prakash Kumar, Kriti Kharbanda
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography P. V. Shankar
Edited by Pradeep E. Ragav & G. Manoj Gyann
Production Kenanya Films & PK Film Factory
Distributed by Linga Bhairavi Creations
Release date 17 March 2017
Running time 125 minutes