A self-aware fun ride that largely works – The New Indian Express

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Tamil films shot in educational institutions, like the recent Don, have been very much about the elimination of teachers, those holders of power and authority. In SonyLIV’s latest Tamil web series, Meme Boys, the focus is not on a number of teachers, but on a single authority figure: Dean Narayanan (a formidable Guru Somasundaram). The series is about a group of boys and a girl who take him down using the digital weapon of mass destruction Memes.

Creators Rajiv Rajaram-Drishya and director Arun Koushik are well aware of the simple nature of their central plot and weave an unpretentious narrative. There is a meme creation contest and four engineering students – Mojo (Aadhitya Bhaskar), Julie (Namritha), Power (Jayanth) and Jumbo (Siddharth) – form a team to win the grand prize of Rs 10 lakhs.

Using the power of their memes, they create change in their Apoorva university and incur the wrath of their disciplinary dean. With a super-thin plot and eight episodes to go through, the writing becomes important for the creators of Meme Boys to get their writing on point. For starters, character arcs work. Mojo is a dreamer and a goofball. Power is an enterprising go-getter. Julie is a spunky, no-frills director. Jumbo is a scared but determined believer.

And all four just happen to be good with memes. It’s interesting how the writing doesn’t really build strong friendships, or even hint at any semblance of a romantic trail between the protagonists. Not all friendships are for life and not all turn to love in a matter of weeks. This idea is a giant step for the cinema. Also, dots to represent the change of idols – Sivakarthikeyan and Rohit Sharma, for example – in the current generation of students.

The story takes place in this college, a self-sufficient landscape that lends credence to the wackiest locals. Take, for example, the twist where the dean shuts down the college Wi-Fi system to eliminate the Meme Boys. By setting this college in an abandoned location with no mobile internet connectivity, it becomes enough of a plot point to push an episode or two. Likewise, every obstacle for meme creators comes with a simple solution that doesn’t really warrant an elaborate plan. While that might seem too convenient for most of its execution, I liked how there’s that proverbial plot twist near the end that quells some of those doubts.

However, all is not smooth sailing. The specificity of their target audience risks alienating those seeking different styles of comedy. It is made for the social media generation, for those who know the difference between normal memes and great memes. This is for those who know the background of memes being mindlessly shared and are aware of the different groups involved in making such content. We recently saw in Fingertip Season 2 how trolling and memes are weaponized by the powers that be, and even in Meme Boys such things are brought up, but we are shown that behind all this digital magic is is a person who must choose between true and false. It was one of the many responsible moments for Meme Boys.

While the leads are quite effective, especially Siddharth and Jayanth, Aadithya’s antics don’t always hit the mark, even though it’s her role that brings the OTT to the series. Julie’s character begins with a sense of individuality, but it’s disappointing that her strong voice drowns out among the boys. Guru Somasundaram has a ball as Dean and brings a sense of gravity to a mostly fresh cast that thrives on the energy of this powerhouse. Meme Boys has a solid supporting role repository that anchors the series whenever it gets too indulgent. There’s Badava Gopi’s Kathiresan, Latha’s Guardian Sivagami Sathyamurthy, and Devadarshini’s Nandini, who are so much fun as recurring characters in the series that keep us looking for more in Season 2 which is suggested at the end. .

Many Tamil webseries often target stars to end up on the sidewalks. However, the creators of Meme Boys don’t have big ambitions. Interestingly, aside from a line or two about some political developments in the state, the memes in Meme Boys and the references are largely harmless. He knows his target audience and speaks to them without wasting time. The series may not make us laugh out loud, but a chuckle here, a chuckle there, and plenty of eye-rolling in between ensure that Meme Boys is definitely engaging and well… worth a share or of them.

Director: Arun Koushik
With: Guru Somasundaram, Aadhitya Bhaskar, Siddharth, Namritha
Streaming on: Sony LIV
Rating: 3/5

Tamil films shot in educational institutions, like the recent Don, have been very much about the elimination of teachers, those holders of power and authority. In SonyLIV’s latest Tamil web series, Meme Boys, the focus is not on a number of teachers, but on a single authority figure: Dean Narayanan (a formidable Guru Somasundaram). The series is about a group of boys and a girl who take him down using the digital weapon of mass destruction Memes. Creators Rajiv Rajaram-Drishya and director Arun Koushik are well aware of the simple nature of their central plot and weave an unpretentious narrative. There is a meme creation contest and four engineering students – Mojo (Aadhitya Bhaskar), Julie (Namritha), Power (Jayanth) and Jumbo (Siddharth) – form a team to win the grand prize of Rs 10 lakhs. Using the power of their memes, they create change in their Apoorva university and incur the wrath of their disciplinary dean. With a super-thin plot and eight episodes to go through, the writing becomes important for the creators of Meme Boys to get their writing on point. For starters, character arcs work. Mojo is a dreamer and a goofball. Power is an enterprising go-getter. Julie is a spunky, no-frills director. Jumbo is a scared but determined believer. And all four just happen to be good with memes. It’s interesting how the writing doesn’t really build strong friendships, or even hint at any semblance of a romantic trail between the protagonists. Not all friendships are for life and not all turn to love in a matter of weeks. This idea is a giant step for the cinema. Also, dots to represent the change of idols – Sivakarthikeyan and Rohit Sharma, for example – in the current generation of students. The story takes place in this college, a self-sufficient landscape that lends credence to the wackiest locals. Take, for example, the twist where the dean shuts down the college Wi-Fi system to eliminate the Meme Boys. By setting this college in an abandoned location with no mobile internet connectivity, it becomes enough of a plot point to push an episode or two. Likewise, every obstacle for meme creators comes with a simple solution that doesn’t really warrant an elaborate plan. While that might seem too convenient for most of its execution, I liked how there’s that proverbial plot twist near the end that quells some of those doubts. However, all is not smooth sailing. The specificity of their target audience risks alienating those seeking different styles of comedy. It is made for the social media generation, for those who know the difference between normal memes and great memes. This is for those who know the background of memes being mindlessly shared and are aware of the different groups involved in making such content. We recently saw in Fingertip Season 2 how trolling and memes are weaponized by the powers that be, and even in Meme Boys such things are brought up, but we are shown that behind all this digital magic is is a person who must choose between true and false. It was one of the many responsible moments for Meme Boys. While the leads are quite effective, especially Siddharth and Jayanth, Aadithya’s antics don’t always hit the mark, even though it’s her role that brings the OTT to the series. Julie’s character begins with a sense of individuality, but it’s disappointing that her strong voice drowns out among the boys. Guru Somasundaram has a ball as Dean and brings a sense of gravity to a mostly fresh cast that thrives on the energy of this powerhouse. Meme Boys has a solid supporting role repository that anchors the series whenever it gets too indulgent. There’s Badava Gopi’s Kathiresan, Latha’s Guardian Sivagami Sathyamurthy, and Devadarshini’s Nandini, who are so much fun as recurring characters in the series that keep us looking for more in Season 2 which is suggested at the end. . Many Tamil webseries often target stars to end up on the sidewalks. However, the creators of Meme Boys don’t have big ambitions. Interestingly, aside from a line or two about some political developments in the state, the memes in Meme Boys and the references are largely harmless. He knows his target audience and speaks to them without wasting time. The series may not make us laugh out loud, but a chuckle here, a chuckle there, and plenty of eye-rolling in between ensure that Meme Boys is definitely engaging and well… worth a share or of them. Director: Arun Koushik Cast: Guru Somasundaram, Aadhitya Bhaskar, Siddharth, Namritha Streaming on: SonyLIV Rating: 3/5

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