Tamilrockerz Review: Arun Vijay’s Performance Drowns In This Weak Script On A Notorious Hacking Site

The name Tamilrockers only means one thing among moviegoers. The notorious piracy site is known for leaking movies just hours after release. Sometimes a movie leaks before it’s even released. A few years ago, the Producers Council stood up against them and did their best to put a stop to the site, which affects the theatrical release of movies. Sadly, the Tamilrockers are still here, doing what they’ve been doing for years.

Director Arivazhagan’s series Tamilrockerz is a semi-fictional tale about the hacking site. The show begins with the FDFS (first day of the first show) celebrations at 4am in front of a theater. Amazingly, a popular star’s film is leaked before the first show even ends. The producer of the film commits suicide. A few days after this incident, the site announces that it will leak Adhiradi Star Adithya’s Garuda (which is made with a budget of Rs 300 crore) one day before its official release.

Later, ACP Rudra (Arun Vijay) is appointed to catch the team behind Tamilrockerz. He, along with cyber forensic officer Sandha (Vani Bhojan), cyber criminal SI Bhanu (Vinodhini Vaidyanathan) and Inspector Nelson (Vinod Sagar) attempt to solve the case before they disclose Garuda.

On paper, Tamilrockerz has an interesting storyline that could be a great thriller. However, the screenplay suffers from predictable writing. The technical details of the hacking site, their contacts with people working in theaters and their source of income, and the police looking for them, could have been good oversight. But, the series barely scratches the surface.

Director Arivazhagan has piled one piece of information after another that is already in the public domain. You feel nothing for the characters even when a tragic incident occurs. It’s mainly because of the feeling of “déjà vu” that you get while watching the movie. Almost all the conflicts introduced in the film are resolved quickly, which makes it more convenient for the hero.

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However, a terrific scene featuring MS Bhaskar explaining the plight of a producer makes us feel for him. But, it is not organic and appears with a program to make the public sympathize with the producers. Every subplot is somehow tied to the movies. Rudra’s (Ishwarya Menen) wife is a movie paithyam (ardent movie fan), while Sandhya’s (MS Bhaskar) father is a producer.

Arun Vijay as a grieving husband is perfect in his role. In fact, her performance has us sitting through this over-stretched plot. Vani Bhojan, to some extent, delivered a compelling performance. Vinodhini and Vinod Sagar were adequate in their respective roles.

Tamilrockerz is a wasted opportunity. The irony is that even the series is not spared from Tamilrockers, the hacking site.

2 out of 5 stars for Tamilrockerz.

Tamilrockerz is streaming on SonyLIV.

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