“Sindhubaadh”… Vijay Sethupathi goes into action mode with disappointing results

Posted on June 27, 2019

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sindhubaadh-movie-review-vijay-sethupathi-anjali-vivek-prasanna-arun-kumar-baradwaj-rangan/

After Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum and Sethupathi, director SU Arun Kumar and star Vijay Sethupathi team up again in Sindhubaadh, an action-drama about a man who has dangerous adventures in distant lands. Yes, like that Sindbad — but with the moral-outrage angle so beloved to Tamil filmmakers. We’ve seen villains in the flesh trade, as organ traffickers, as drug peddlers, as heartless corporates who pollute the earth with chemicals. Here, the “issue” is the skin trade. Women with a healthy complexion are kidnapped and their skin sold to plastic surgeons. Or something. We get a moment where the skin comes off the back of a woman like the peel off a potato. Will Thiru (Vijay Sethupathi) be able to prevent his wife, Venba (Anjali), from suffering a similar fate? Do you really need an answer?

It’s a good idea, in theory, to shape a Die Hard-like, wife-saving, Everyman hero from the low-key Vijay Sethupathi persona. In an early scene, set in Thenkasi, Thiru is playing carrom while sucking on an ice-cream stick. That’s the character. That’s also the Vijay Sethupathi persona. It’s interesting to imagine this lethargic man evolving into an action hero who whips ass across Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. (That’s where Venba is when she is kidnapped.) An extended set piece towards the end, superbly shot by Vijay Karthik Kannan, almost makes good on this premise. Thiru is attempting to shepherd several women to safety. (He’s rescued them.) At one point, we see these women swarming into the claustrophobic frame — it’s only then that we realise just how many women there are. Thinking about their plight, the moral outrage really bursts through.

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