Arun Matheswaran’s ‘Saani Kaayidham’, on Amazon Prime, is a gory revenge drama with impeccable craft, but the writing needed much more meat

Posted on May 6, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

The main attraction of the film is the cast. Stripped of makeup, Keerthy Suresh dives into a difficult role. And Selvaraghavan is wonderful.

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When I saw Arun Matheswaran’s first film, Rocky, I said that the narrative was generic, but the film signalled the arrival of a genuine cinematic voice. I said that the film’s USP was the gorgeously designed and utterly unapologetic violence. I said that after a point the violence becomes repetitive and it begins to look like action scenes or violence for the sake of action scenes and violence. I said that the story and characters are generic, and the premise was just this: You killed someone from my family and now I’m going to take revenge. There’s a brother-sister angle, a little girl angle. There are scenes about time and wristwatches. And the film is divided into chapters with quirky titles.

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