Debutant director Subu?s Sutta Kadhai is a dark comedy that falls flat, mainly due to its presentation.
The director has been influenced by the 80?s and early 90?s pulp fiction comic books which worked with readers of those days. Subu makes an attempt to resurrect the comic book bumbling heroes, but somewhere it is lost in translation on the big screen.
The milieu is the fictional mountain tribal village Koramalai. The local police station is run by Inspector Thirumeni (Nassar) and two new constables Ramki (Balaji) a kleptomaniac and Sangili (Venkatesh), who has a hearing impairment, joins duty.
The local tribal chief (MS Baskar) is murdered. Ramki and Sangili, the bumbling cops who are great fans of Sambasivam Comics are out to investigate.
The first 15 minutes of the film holds your attention including the opening credits sequence where the plot of the movie is introduced as an animated comic strip, is the best part of the film.
After that Subu fails to make it crackle, as his two lead characters are obsessed with solving the crime by reading Sambasivam crime comics, which today?s audiences do not understand. As a comic book it may have been great, but the jokes when it is translated to screen fail to evoke laughter.
And in the second half full of twists does not register as characterisation of others in the film like Jayaprakash, MS Bhaskar and Lakshmi Priya is weak. Plus the film though only 1 hour and 45 minutes drags in the second half.
Balaji and Venkatesh as the two bumbling cops are delight to watch, while Nasser as usual is good as a laidback inspector who is always snoozing. Some scenes in the film like a pot-bellied man asking his little daughter to check whether he has put his belt properly are hilarious.
The music of Madley Blues is nothing much to rave about, while cinematography of Nizar with a lot of night effect shots are impressive. On the whole director Subbu has made a brave attempt to try out something new, but in the process has totally lost the plot.
Verdict ? Half Baked