Teddy Tamil Movie Review

Feature Film | 2h 15min
Songs in several inappropriate places act as speed bumps in the breezy, mindless and fun Teddy. Anyhow, for many of us who are still young at heart, the movie's adult-toy bonding alone may be enough to look past those kinds of issues.
Mar 13, 2021 By Sreejith Mullappilly

In Shakti Soundar Rajan's children's film Teddy, Arya's character Shiva is your quintessential Mr Know-All. Shiva's photographic memory allows him to learn martial arts, different languages, scientific things, spiritual stuff, stock exchange shares, and pretty much everything else under the sun. Shiva's special ability results in him realizing why the big teddy bear that appears overnight in his bedroom is talking and behaving like a human being. All it takes is a mere Google search and some reading for him to learn what happened to the Teddy Bear.

Think about this: Teddy has the spirit of a girl named Sri, played by Sayyeshaa, even as her physical self is in a comatose state. Sri enters an accident, which leads her to a hospital where everyone is involved in an illegal scheme. Sri is in a coma, but her spirit is in the toy. Do you think that it does not make sense? Wait till you hear me out.

So, our Mr Know-It-All carries Teddy Sri to her father and mother to promise them that he will bring her back to them. The fact that he walks around with a teddy bear does not seem to concern the parents or any other character in the movie. Perhaps all of them have read the script.

I did not have many expectations from this Disney+ Hotstar film after assuming that it is perhaps for children who belong to a certain age group. Even some kids may find many things in Teddy illogical. How can a teddy bear talk with a person through an electronic device? The fact that it operates a mobile phone itself requires a giant leap of faith from the audience. But how can it even have working senses? In one scene, it falls from the rotating blades of a ceiling fan and says, "Did you think that I would fall?". I laughed at that moment.

Arya is appropriately cast for this film. He has a likeable quality and is earnest in the role. His relationship with the Teddy character is quite endearing. But the bad guys here are pretty disappointing. Perhaps a more tough-minded villain by an actor like Jagapathi Babu would have been a better option than a mildly menacing Magizh Thirumeni.

Teddy's main issue is its ill-timed songs. Having songs in several inappropriate places acts as speed bumps in this breezy ride. Anyhow, for many of us who are still young at heart, Teddy's adult-toy bonding alone may be enough to look past those kinds of issues. I just wished I was a few years younger when watching the film. After all, it is a mindless and fun movie.

Sreejith Mullappilly