Seethakaathi is an upcoming Tamil language drama film written and directed by Balaji Tharaneetharan, starring Vijay Sethupathi in the lead. The film began production in April 2017. The film marks as Vijay Sethupathi’s 25th Film in leading roles. Upon release the film received positive reviews from critics.
Seethakaathi Movie Review
Balaji Tharaneetharan’s Seethakaathi is one of those films which presents a unique conundrum. It is a film that needs to be discussed at length, but then, doing so would also reveal its novel conceit, and ruin some of the major surprises it has to offer its audiences. The film’s protagonist, Ayya Adhimoolam (Vijay Sethupathi) is a veteran of the stage. Acting is his life, and theatre his world.
In its first 20-25 minutes, the film gives us his journey in theatre, from the 1950s till 2013, in a rather straightforward way. We see him performing in various plays across the eras. The content of these plays changes according to their respective eras. In the 1950s, it is mythologicals, like Lava Kusa, but by the 1980s, we get a courtroom drama.
In a unique twist, Ayya, who had refused films all his life, starts ‘acting’ in them. He becomes a superstar, but when Dhanapal (Sunil), a wily producer and actor, decides to play clever, Ayya ‘disappears’, leaving his friend Parasuraman (Mouli) and family to face one of the bizarre court cases ever.
For its first 40 minutes or so, Seethakaathi plays out more like a melodrama. We get to see the passion that Ayya has for theatre, the camaraderie he shares with his troupe and their high regard for them, the problems in his family, which is mainly monetary because of his steadfast refusal to compromise on his art.
But within a couple of scenes it’s tone changes and the director gives us a dark comedy that is more on the lines of his debut film, Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom. These portions not only offer relief from the heavy-duty melodrama of the initial portions, but also heighten the emotional moments (Govind Vasantha’s background score also does some of the heavy-lifting) that we get thereafter.
Ultimately, Seethakaathi is a meditation on art and artists. The film does spell this out in a few instances, but to his credit, Balaji Tharaneetharan finds new ways to make it visually interesting – as a 15-minute, single shot of a play on Aurangzeb’s last days, as a panel discussion on a television channel, and finally, as an observation made by a judge while pronouncing his judgment. The subject might seem far from appealing for those who look at movies only as entertainment, but the director, with the support of his trusting star, gives us a film that is artsy and also entertaining.
As for Vijay Sethupathi, for whom the film happens to be his 25th, he comes up with a memorable performance that as weird as it may sound, is showy, but also somewhat restrained at the same time! It is a performance that ensure that its presence is felt throughout and makes us not miss him during the large portions when he isn’t onscreen.
Seethakaathi Full Cast and Crew Details
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|Seethakaathi Movie||Cast and Crew details ,News, Complete Details|
|Director of Seethakaathi||Balaji Tharaneetharan|
|Hero of Seethakaathi||Vijay Sethupathi|
|Heroine of Seethakaathi||Archana|
|Release date of Seethakaathi||21-12-2018|
|Cinematography||Saraskanth T. K.|
|Running time||173 minutes|
|Production Company||Passion Studios|
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