Sethupathi Movie Review

Predictable and normal cop story.

Reviews 19-Feb-2016 3:33 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : S. U. Arun Kumar
Production : Vansan Movies
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan
Music : Nivas K. Prasanna
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Editing : A. Sreekar Prasad

Vijay Sethupathi has been the one with the ability to perform any given role with perfection. He has indeed been an inevitable emblem of letting the flimsy films to survive in spite of its drawbacks. In ‘Sethupathi’, he gives an impressive performance as a protagonist pecked with commercial heroism, directed by Pannaiyarum Padminiyum fame Arun Kumar.


Vijay Sethupathi plays a honest police officer, who is about to get promoted as Assistant commissioner of police. The film begins with an unidentified group mercilessly killing a police and Vijay Sethupathi starts his investigation upon it. He unfolds the mystery with his sense of intelligence, but gets hampered by the one behind this murder.


Arun Kumar had his maiden debut ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’ laced with melodramatic moments and it was bound to mixed reviews, where the running length was told to be a major constraint, but with this film, he has tried to master the art of screenwriting with good effort, though amateur in places. His establishment of characterisations and the narration during the first half is pretty good that involves the beautiful emotions between the lead pair and children. But sooner, when we find it repeated during the second half, it rests our patience and indeed hampers the screenplay during second half. The raciness that Arun offers through the mind games of protagonist and baddie eventually gets slowed up, except the sequence, where Vijay Sethupathi tries to tackle the situation using his son at home is good stroke, though an unbelievable one. The musical score by Nivas K Prasanna is quite appreciable and the songs are good as well. The cinematography too sticks to the natural grade and there is nothing flaw to mention about. The scenes are quite predictable, except the fact that heroine and family members of a cop aren’t killed or hurt. In spite of all such diminishing factors, it’s Vijay Sethupathi screen presence that eventually keeps up the show in best momentum.


Vijay Sethupathi, as cited across the analysis happens to be the strongest attraction in this movie. The actor tries to keep us adhered to the screens in spite of little drawbacks in the screenplay. He plays the sequences, where it demands heroisms efficiently and not overacting. Ramya Nambeesan deserves special mention for taking up a bold character of being mother of two kids that many heroines wouldn’t opt for. The one playing baddie in this film doesn’t evoke the right feel and filmmaker Arun Kumar could have opted for someone like Prakash Raj to do this role. It could have deliberately raised the momentum.

What works?

1. Vijay Sethupathi
2. First half
3. Songs and background

What doesn’t work?

1. Predictable and stereotypical story
2. Dragging second half

Overall, Vijay Sethupathi gives his best performance laced with heroism and emotions and tries to eclipse the flimsy moments with this factor.

Verdict : Predictable and normal cop story.

Rating : 4.5/10

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