“Seema Raja”… Sivakarthikeyan really tests his audience’s love for him in this overlong non-entertainer

Posted on September 13, 2018


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/seema-raja-review-baradwaj-rangan-tamil-movie/

In a recent interview to Film Companion, Sivakarthikeyan said, “Humour-driven films can be good cinema, and I don’t subscribe to the view that good cinema has to be serious.” Ironically, the star’s new film, Seemaraja, is his most serious yet. Oh, the jokes (or at least, the attempts at them) are still there. I sat up when an old man is revealed as “Thotti” Thatha because he breaks flowerpots when mad. This kind of absurd touch can really liven up a movie. But this gag vanishes very soon. Manobala turns up as the headmaster of a local school.  He vanishes very soon. “Naan Kadavul” Rajendran turns up as a wrestling coach. He vanishes very soon. Soori has some fun one-liners, but they vanish soon. Two Australians show up — and vanish almost at once. Nothing lasts in Seemaraja, written and directed by Ponram. We get two horses named Alex and Telex. After a few scenes, they vanish, too.

And we’re stuck with several serious subplots. There’s one that has to do with warring villages, with a piece of disputed land that brings to mind the plot of Thevar Magan — though I was actually reminded of that film by a later scene where a well-respected patriarch dies after being humiliated, and his son steps into his shoes. Another story thread has to do with a girl and the father who abandoned her (who’s now come to reclaim her). Then, we get a fourteenth-century flashback, about a king who battled battled Alauddin Khilji’s forces. (Keerthy Suresh guest-stars in this episode. The running time of her scenes is less than some of the jewellery ads we see in theatres, during intermission.) Another subplot revolves around farmers’ issues, with a dash of Tamil valourisation. (“Thamizhan nilam Thamizhanukke.” Translation: Our land shall remain ours, and not be sold to north Indian, Sterlite-type companies.)

Continued at the link above.

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