Direction : Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
Production : Vijay Antony Film Corporation (Fathima Vijay Antony)
Starring : Vijay Antony, Arundathi Nair
Music : Vijay Antony
Cinematography : Pradeep Kalipurayath
Editing : Veera Senthil Raj
Following the grand success of ‘Picchaikaaran’, Vijay Antony’s new outing ‘Saithan’ has witnessed a grand opening worldwide. The film is a psychological thriller, directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy and is produced by Fathima Vijay Antony.
Dinesh (Vijay Antony) has been experiencing some paranormal encounters of a strange voice echoing within his head. It leads him to take drastic decisions that have affected his very own life and the ones around him. His picture perfect life with wife Aishwarya (Arundhati) and mother, his professional life gets disturbed and this voice continues to lead him towards unexplored mystery.
The title ‘Saithan’ with a terrific first look followed by promotional videos including the 9-minute and 4-minute footage was sending heavy Goosebumps to see what’s this film all about? But what title you would declare or affirm after the show is – Jayalakshmi. This title would have been much more enthralling and made decent justice to the film. There are few instances in the film that gets immediate applause from audiences. First is obviously Vijay Antony and his very first introduction sequence itself wins the reception although we have seen it all in YouTube. The first hour proceeds with some gripping and suspenseful moments that let you keep guessing what’s next. When the expectations reach the peak by intermission and you believe there’s something more enthralling out there in the post-intermission sequence, you’re slightly disappointed for the momentum drops down completely. The script struggles without proper twists and turns for few instances look odd. How could a person with some illusional disorder, a man with reincarnation issues, still an unproved theory in medical science become the topic of media channels? Although, the twist that comes through the final credits is appreciable, the link between them look little amateur. It looks like Pradeep is influenced by horror tales of Ram Gopal Varma, where the way he pictures few scenes and characterization, especially in the song ‘Jayalakshmi’ look the same as in his movies. The fight sequence by the end portions slightly reminiscences of ‘Lucy’ and ‘Equalizer’.
When you the plot of ‘Saithan’ in four lines or one page script, you would definitely love it, but the writing should have been more gripping offering us Goosebumps and surprises till end. Technically, the sound effects could have been yet finer. Say for instance, the phenomenal sound that Vijay Antony hears could have been projected with few more eerie effects.
First attraction is blatantly Vijay Antony’s screen presence. He has earned a significant value among the audiences that even few flimsy moments in the movie get eclipsed with his screen appeal. It’s very hard to earn such credits and Vijay Antony deserves special mention upon this. He continues his magic with his innocuous yet funny cunning expressions, which will make the audiences laugh. The serious sequence while travelling back from the deceased friend’s home and Y.G. Mahendran getting nervous about Vijay Antony’s behaviour at the same spot of accident is a stark exemplification. But what audiences completely expect from Vijay Antony is found by the end of movie, where he walks up to bash down the baddies and massive slow motion. Arundhati fits the role of innocence and the other contrast. Y Gee Mahendran has a very little prominent role and Kitty manages to keep his presence good.
1. Basic story
2. Star-cast and performance
3. Background score
What doesn’t work?
1. Second hour gets slowed up
2. The climax lacks impact that complete story carried
A thriller based on the famous novel ‘Aaaa’ written by late novelist Sujatha holds a strong premise, but then the writing by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy goes through Ups and Downs in the screenplay, especially a drastic drop in moment between first and second hour, where the climax could have been more powerful.
Verdict : A fantastic premise of story that lacks heavy punch in screenplay.
Rating : 4.5/10
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