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SIRUTHAI MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Karthi, Tamannah, Santhanam
KE Gnanavel Raja
is the latest to jump the bandwagon of
Telugu remakes. Dhanush has done it with
fair success and Jeyam Ravi thrives on
it. But could Karthi pull it off with
Siruthai, which is the remake of the four-year
old Telugu hit Vikramarkudu?
Rocket Raja (Karthi) is a pickpocket whose
ally is Kaatupoochi (Santhanam). Together
they perform con tricks on seemingly innocent
people and when they stumble upon Swetha
love at first sight for Karthi. Despite his dubious
credentials, he perjures himself as being a software
engineer to win the rich Tamannah’s love. His
life is further complicated when one of his thieving
expeditions make him bring home a child. The girl
child identifies him as her father and there begins
a string of events; Karthi is being mysteriously chased
by blood thirsty, burly goons after the child’s
arrival. Tamannah breaks up with him after the child’s
entry thinking he lied to her about the child.
As one can see, the movie has enough potential to
be presented as a no-holds-barred entertainer. Instead,
the director borrows the Telugu version’s garishness
and manages only to translate (sometimes even transliterate)
the dialogues and comes up with a banal stereotype
of a movie. To muffle the questions that would arise
out of the language that is being used, the director
inserts a disclaimer at the opening of the movie stating
that it’s for the benefit of the viewers that
every character speaks Tamil although most of the
proceedings happen in Andhra Pradesh. But he conveniently
forgets the other questions that would arise out of
unreasonable sequences that fill the movie. Those
might never be answered.
Karthi’s smile is his asset but in a movie that
has little scope for such endearments, his qualities
are of little help. There is one scene that pronounces
his versatility. He gets annoyed and smashes the little
girl’s walkman without knowing how precious
that is for her. And he melts down immediately after
revelation, embracing the child and cocooning her
with his fatherly love. The last scenes, in which
the character Rocket Raja dons the cop uniform, are
also a riot. The actor pulling off two diverse roles
with consummate ease is the saving grace of the movie.
Since the originality of the Telugu version is retained,
when released in Andhra this movie might serve as
Karthi’s launch pad in Tollywood.
In the little time he’s allowed to be on screen,
Santhanam manages to break the movie hall into laughter
with his wisecracks. Karthi and Santhanam complement
each other as well. Tamannah is just another pretty
face in the movie and has absolutely nothing to do
other than look pretty and dance gracefully. She also
seems to be willing enough to flaunt her navel area,
much to the delight of Karthi and her fans. Which
brings us to the songs; all of them seem to follow
the same beat and are equally humdrum.
The movie is also riddled with crude dialogues; it
would still have been tolerable if they were used
only for comedy, but in the name of villainy the movie
throws in some cringe-worthy dialogues and scenes
that are sure to make the women in your family squirm
in their seats.
Ganesh’s stunts are old-schoolish. Sample this:
Karthi leaps out of a 10 storeyed under-construction
building and lands in his two (feet). And we said
it’s only a sample. Despite this, Velraj’s
cinematography manages to tone down the movie’s
violence with its subtlety (a quality that is otherwise
non-existent in the movie).
Watch Siruthai if you are a hardcore mass masala fan.
Chances are that you might like Karthi, who is trying
his best to prevent the movie from its impending dive
into the depths of hackneyed void.
Verdict: Another mass masala remake!