Sathurangam Movie Review
Cast: Srikanth, Sonia Agarwal, Pithamagan Mahadevan, Ganesh Yadav, Bose Venkat, Manivanan, Sriman, Ilavarasu, Saranya Ponvannan
Direction: Karu Pazhaniappan
Production: Srithuna Enterprise (S.S. Durairaj)
Finally after five years, Sathurangam is out. Though it has seen a delayed release, the content seems to be contemporary. Karu Pazhaniappan, known for his emotional pot-boilers in Parthiban Kanavu, Sivapathikaram and the recent Mandhira Punnagai, has chosen a racy story.
Thirupathisamy (Srikanth) is an investigative journalist in a Tamil weekly. His articles expose the other side of some influential men. His article on the horrible conditions inside the jail rocks the state and hence a few powerful persons want to avenge him.
He falls for Indhu (Sonia Agarwal), a college student, who also loves him very much. Both have convinced their respective families and the marriage is about to be fixed. But Indhu gets kidnapped when they plan to meet Thirupathi’s father.
A clueless Thiru runs around Chennai in search of her. When he cannot find her whereabouts, a man calls him and claims that he has kidnapped his lover and throws a challenge to Thiru to find him within 15 days. There begins a cat and mouse. Finally it’s up to Thiru to get his act right and rescue his lover.
Karu Pazhaniappan has, as always, attempted to tell us a serious story based on a realistic issue. Here he talks up the challenges faced by a bold journalist. He has cleverly depicted the nuances of journalism without spoiling the storyline. The script is quite engaging. The beginning is interesting and it sets the tone for the entire movie. The kidnap drama could have been handled better but the portion has some genuine intensity that captures our attention. Pazhaniappan was working as a journalist before coming into film world and his experience has helped a lot to make the film based on jaournalism.
However, the pace of the movie gets slow in the post interval portions. The way the kidnapper (mis)leading Thiruppathi seems to be uncalled for. The amateurish climax is an eye-sore.
The song (Vizhiyum Vizhiyum) that comes in the post interval has Vidyasagar’s stamp of melody but it seems to be misplaced.
Srikanth plays his role well. His body language and dialogue delivery are apt for the character.
Sonia Agarwal fits the bill. Her eyes soaked in sorrow and a sweet smile suits her character in the film.
Pithamagan Mahadevan, Ganesh Yadav, Bose Venkat, Manivannan, Sriman, Saranya Ponvannan all have a part to play in the film. Ilavarasu’s portrayal of a public speaker is interesting.
Watch out for fiery dialogues by Karu Pazhaniappan. It is the backbone of the movie. The one on political culture, the lives of journalists and some on romance are interesting. The practical difficulties involved in the profession of scribes are brought out well without glorifying them.
Vidyasagar has come up with some melodious songs while crisp editing by Suresh Urs adds pace to the proceedings.
Story, thorough homework, dialogues, and lead pair’s acting.
Amateurish climax, poorly conceived chase and misplaced songs.
The movie may have come late, but fortunately it looks latest!
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