Sivappu Manjal Pachai review: A wholesome family entertainer

Sivappu Manjal Pachai review: A wholesome family entertainer

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Critic's Rating: 2.5/5

Friday 06 September 2019

Movie Title

Sivappu Manjal Pachai review: A wholesome family entertainer



Star Cast

GV Prakash, Siddharth, Kashmira

After the much loved, blockbuster hit  Pichaikkaran in 2016, director Sasi returns with Sivappu Manjal Pachai . The director sticks to his strengths and delivers a wholesome family entertainer which is bolstered by sentiments, some good moments and dialogues revolving around the lead characters. 

Sasi's treatment is old-school and the melodrama is pretty high, particularly in the long drawn out climax sequence. But the film may connect well with the family audience in TN. You know what to expect from a film like this, and one must admit that it delivers. 

Siddharth plays a stern traffic cop while GV plays a brash and young street illegal bike racer. Sparks fly between them in the beginning of the film itself when the cop nabs the racer on the road, and humiliates him in public. When a marriage alliance is formed between Lijomol (GV's elder sister) and Siddharth, things become more interesting. The racer isn't able to put the humiliation episode behind him and sees the cop as his staunch rival. Siddharth also isn't someone to move on easily. The film is primarily the play between these three characters and it's quite an engaging drama.

GV is a revelation as the stubborn young man and daredevil street racer. SMP is another step forward for the 'actor' in him. The film's North Madras flavor is enjoyable and all the wacky friend characters and racers add to the film's authenticity. Siddharth channelizes the action hero in him and is highly convincing as the traffic cop. His fit physique serves his part well. Lijomol is homely and very apt for the sister's role. She acquits herself well in the emotionally heavy scenes. Young Kashmira looks very pretty and makes a mark with her cute presence; she plays GV's love interest. Her character is also linked with the three main characters. 

Though the tried and tested brother - sister sentiment episodes work well here, it's the exciting and tense Maaman - Machan angle between Siddharth and GV which stands out as the film's biggest selling point. We know that eventually the two will put aside their differences and join hands, and the payoff is good when that moment arrives. The subplot involving Siddharth and his run-in with a gangster for commercial cinema reasons gains prominence towards the end of the film.

The young actors playing Lijomol and GV in their childhood days are impressive. The elderly actress playing their aunt is the main support character and she is adorable. Debutant Siddhu Kumar impresses with his melody tracks and racy background score for the bike racing scenes. 

On the downside, the film is too long, melodramatic and old-fashioned.  

Sivappu Manjal Pachai review: Average family entertainer

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