Bangalore Naatkal is about the lives of three inseparable cousins, predominantly set in Bangalore (Bengaluru). The happy times they share, their ambitions, relationships with their family members, the setbacks they face, their pursuit for love and the final happy resolution are part of the screenplay curve. The film looks colorful thanks to the good looking lead actors, their costumes, some swanky bikes and the cheery vibe of the city. DoP KV Guhan has given a glossy treatment to the film.
Handsome hunk Rana makes a mark as the reserved husband who carries a lot of emotional baggage from a failed previous relationship. Sridivya tries to match the uninhibited chirpiness of Nazriya and she has even dubbed in her own voice. The Telugu accent in her Tamil is striking. Arya looks dashing in stylish costumes and is an apt choice as the rebel biker looking to make his own path in life. Bobby Simha sports odd wigs, and his Tamil needs some work. But this is a different role for Bobby compared to his general negative roles. Filling the charming Nivin's shoes is too tough a task, indeed.
Samantha is uber glamorous in a little cameo while Raai Laxmi is cast aptly as an air hostess who has a brief relationship with the traditionally inclined Bobby. Saranya Ponvannan provides some histrionics as Bobby's mother, who suffocates her family members with her pushy nature.
The city of Bengaluru doesn't hold as much cultural significance and relevance to Tamils, compared to Malayalis. This may prevent Bangalore Naatkal from connecting with the regular Tamil cinema viewer. The film is clearly targeted at an elite urban audience frequenting multiplexes.
In Gopi Sunder's music, the songs don't make the necessary impact as they don't have the Tamil cinema vibe. But his splendid RR for the climax bike racing sequence is elevating. The film feels really long, with a run time of more than 2 hours 30 mins (about 20 mins shorter than Bangalore Days). The slow moving nature of the film doesn't engage the viewer consistently. Some ruthless trimming could have made the film more interesting.
To sum up, the Bhaskar directed Bangalore Naatkal is decent as a standalone film and will offer a happy viewing experience to the urban viewer. But the bar has been set very high by the original version !!!