Sindhubaadh review: Vijay Sethupathi gives his heart and soul to the film
Had the second half of Sindhubaadh entertained the audience like it did in the first half, we would have got another Sethupathi.
Critic's Rating: 2/5
Thursday 27 June 2019
Vijay Sethupathi, Anjali, Surya
Director Arun Kumar's previous two films Panniyarum Padminiyum and Sethupathiwith Vijay Sethupathi were quite impressive in the respective genres, the former is a feel-good drama whereas the latter is a cop action entertainer set in a small town. In his third film, Arun and Vijay tried to move out of their comfort zone (simple films set in small towns) and set the entire second half in Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand. Arun's idea looks good on paper but the execution lacks finesse.
As a matter of fact, the first half which is largely set in Tenkasi has many endearing moments featuring petty thief Vijay Sethupathi and his partner Super (Surya Sethupathi). The cute love angle between Thiru (Vijay Sethupathi) and the bold and independent Venba (Anjali) has been beautifully handled. The first half also has a couple of well placed action scenes. As said earlier, both Vijay Sethupathi and Arun hit all the balls out of the park in their home ground but as soon as the film moves to the foreign country, they start to tremble. The entire second half turns out to be a total mess with logic defying scenes. Another major drawback is the feeble antagonist. Though Ling (Linga) gets introduced as a heartless monster, there wasn't scenes showcasing his cruel face and his ability to destroy the lives of the lead characters. Vijay Sethupathi and Surya handle Linga like a piece of toy so we couldn't invest much in the proceedings in the second half.
As usual, Vijay Sethupathi has given his heart and soul to the film. Just like his dad, Surya acts effortlessly and even the dialogue delivery reminds us of Vijay Sethupathi. Anjali once proved her acting prowess in Sindhubaadh, the scene where villains drag her looks authentic and it must have been a physically demanding role for her.
Technically, Vijay Karthik Kannan's stellar visuals and Yuvan Shankar Raja's soothing songs and trendy background score are undoubtedly two pillars of the film. Though the runtime is just above two hours, the second half appears to be a long ride and tests our patience.
Overall, had the second half of Sindhubaadh entertained the audience like it did in the first half, we would have got another Sethupathi. But now, the film ends up as a mixed bag.