Readers Write In #490: Sinam – An apt title in many ways, including our reaction to the film!

Posted on September 17, 2022


By ​Bharath Vijayakumar

In Sinam, Arun Vijay plays Paari, a sub inspector. But that is only his profession. He is not just another sub inspector. He plays an ‘angry’ sub inspector. The angry young man trope or the angry cop trope isn’t anything novel. But how do you then justify the title? So, Paari wears his anger like a badge of honour. He only removes it when he is with the heroine or his daughter.

Sinam appears to be a rather focused film. Even the mandatory hero introduction scene appears to be related to the central plot. I stress on appears because the climax of this film not just pulls it down but also exposes the shallowness of the film as a whole. The film was pretending to be something which it clearly is not. We have had films (or thrillers to be more precise) where the intention is to deviate the audience and lead them elsewhere before surprising them with a reveal. In Sinam, we get a ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’ kind of climax with very young bad guys being beaten to pulp by the hero. But we actually get to see these guys only some twenty minutes before this and they had nothing to do with the film before. Even if you are in the mood to forgive this, the last monologue by the hero in chaste Tamil was the deal breaker for me. The film asks us to be angry with sexual violence. A very good thought. But why make a movie that has nothing to do with an important subject and then lecture the audience. It appears that the film equates the killing of the bad guys to eradicating sexual violence from the society. And the film is an addition to the list of movies that celebrates extra judicial killing by the hero playing a cop. A very basic question to the filmmakers who make these films? Even in a typical cop(hero) glorifying film, it is only the hero who is honest. The other cops are shown as morally corrupt. Then what is the basic thought process behind expecting the audience to celebrate the wielding of power of this sole guy? If one guy with such power can do good, what about the atrocities that could be committed by the other guys who are more in number with the same amount of power? This is a question to the audience as well. And lesser I talk about the crude way in which the sexual violence is picturized, the better.

Rantings apart, the film would have worked a little better if we had at least invested in the relationship between Paari and his wife. The scenes by themselves aren’t half bad but when you get the feel that the actress is delivering her lines without knowing the language, you aren’t feeling sorry for her as much as you are feeling for yourself. And before I forget, remember that I told you that the hero is always angry. It is 2 AM in the morning and his wife is missing and he is not able to reach her. He is searching for her, but you don’t see any tension or fear. He is still just angry. At this point, I was glad that the film was named ‘Sinam’ and not ‘Punnagai’