Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 18 July 2014
Natraj, Ishaara, Ilavarasu
With terrific screenplay, racy narration and out-of-the-box presentation, new boy H Vinoth?s Sathuranga Vettai is a surprisingly fresh film that works big time. Right from scene-one when we are shown on a wild life channel a Cheetah hunting an Ostrich in a cunning manner, we know that this is not your usual commercial potboiler.
The film rests on intelligent writing peppered with smart dialogues and the fresh appeal of its lead actors. Vinoth?s characterisation is excellent and he chose the right actors which make the story on a con- artist look realistic on screen. It is perfect casting whether it is Natraj who is nothing short of terrific, new girl Ishara and supporting cast.
Sathuranga Vettai is told like six episodes in the life of Gandhi Babu (Natraj) a street smart conman and a smooth talker who can even sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo! His life and his convictions are well established in the opening scenes and it is nothing but money, money, money that matters for him, as he strongly believes that there is nothing bigger in the world than cash!
Well, he has a reason for that, which is told crisply and smartly with graphics in between (in the scene he tells the heroine his life story is clich?d). The film has nice message that money alone cannot bring happiness and security.
The film has sourced real life get rich quick schemes, widely reported in local media like Emu chicken con, Multi level Marketing (MLM) companies scam, temple heists etc. Vinoth?s brilliant script and narration makes the film connect with the audiences.
Natraj is brilliant as Gandhi Babu. He does his part with relish using his brains more than brawn with expressive body and eye language. Ishaara suits the character to a T and makes a smashing debut. The supporting cast of Ilavarasu, Ponvannan, Dharani are perfect choices, that makes film work big time.
Technically the film is chic with top class camera work by debutant Venkatesh. His camera angles tell the story and the top angle shot in the end is fantastic. Raja Sethupathy?s editing makes the film tick, but could have made it shorter. Music of Sean Rolden is in sync with the mood of the film and his BGM heightens the tension in the narrative.
H Vinoth is definitely one of the great new finds of Tamil cinema and scores for his near perfect script, narration and packaging. Producer Manobala and Thirrupathy Brothers can be proud of Sathuranga Vettai. Here is superior quality cinema perfect for a night out at the movies.
Verdict ? Very Good