Production : SR Cinema (Mano Bala)
Director : H. Vinoth
Cast : Natraj, Ishara Nair, Ponvannan
Music : Sean Roldan
Cinematography : K. G. Venkatesh
Editing : Raja Sethupathi
Release Date : July 18, 2014
A snaked named Ilayathalapathy Vijay, Lilliput, A mineral water 1ml worth Rs.1, jewels sold at half price…. By now, the picture is clear about Sathuranga Vettai is all about? Gandhi Babu (Natarajan aka Natty) much contradictory to his name is a conman involved in the fraudulent activities with his bunch of team. From being the middleman in chiseling over a snake business or selling an ordinary bathroom tap water as a miracle elixir, he outperforms the role with a prodigious dialogue deliveries. From the very first scene, there is something that keeps you over and again enthralled about the script. If Vinoth has to be assessed based on the criteria of his story, screenplay, dialogues and direction, we would rate him more on dialogues and screenplay. The dialogues as you would have seen in teasers form the heart-and-soul of this film. “I will have to change the plan if you alone understand it…”, “Every truth of mine has a mix of lie and every lie is blend with truth.” Such lines evoke the applause in theatres.
The first half has series of chapters that involves the chiseling act of Natarajan is enjoyable, but the actual conflict shows up only after intermission. The final drama of a huge conniving drama is the most spectacular part of the film and the unpredictable climax is brilliantly crafted. Isha Nair from Kerala deserves special mention for her performance. She has to ardently thank Vinoth for offering a substantial role. Ponvannan albeit small appearance in the film makes an impressive performance and Ilavarasu has a humorous appeal.
To mention about the plus factors of Sathuranga Vettai, it’s brilliant casting and outstanding performance by the actors. Secondly, it’s screenplay that keeps you engaged for almost two and half hour duration. Cinematography is neat and sleek, but editing slightly fails to offer crispness in few scenes. The second half could have been made more straight instead of diversions.
Natarajan as mentioned earlier does a best job with his dialogue delivers and body language. Though a major part of the star-cast is completely of new faces, they remain so attached to our memories for their best performance. As newcomers make their trenchant mark in this industry, Vinoth excels with this film, but if screenplay was little fine tuned, it would have been more effective to the script.
What works – Detailed research on real life incidents of cheaters, fraudulent drama and its justification, strong climax, performance of actors and cinematography.
What doesn’t work – Few lengthy scenes could have been edited well, lack of soul in songs and background score, drop of momentum in screenplay in few places.
Verdict: Brilliant performance, engaging screenplay works out best results
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