“Sathriyan”… A surprisingly decent spin on the love-transforms-a-rowdy sub-genre

Posted on June 10, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/sathriyan-movie-review

At the beginning of Sathriyan (Warrior), a voiceover gives us the lay of the land, that this story takes place in Trichy, that it’s about two warring rowdy gangs, and that’s there’s a love story too. In short, it’s the one-line synopsis of 5000 earlier films, and the first scene does little to dispel the smell of cobwebs. It’s a conversation between a father, son (Soundararaja) and daughter (Niranjana, played by Manjima Mohan). The son and daughter exclaim that there’s a rowdy named Samuthiram that everyone’s talking about in college, and no one’s laid eyes on him. They don’t seem to see what the audience instantly cottons on to, given that the father is played by Sharath Lohitashwa, villain of 5000 earlier films. He is Samuthiram.

The director, SR Prabhakaran, doesn’t even give us time to roll our eyes, because the father gets a call right then, from a minister who calls him Samuthiram and says he has a job for him. This must be the worst-kept secret in the history of screenwriting: you create intrigue, and squelch it two seconds later. And I thought the film was just going to be business as usual from the man who gave us Sundarapandian and Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal.

Continued at the link above.

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