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“Sindhubaadh” had some good pre-release buzz as it’s directed by Arun Kumar, who gave an interesting hit in “Sethupathi” with Vijay Sethupathi in the lead. It was his first film as cop and a decent entertainer. “Sindhubaadh” is yet another experiment with Vijay Sethupathi as an action hero, where he has not seen much success.
Thiru (Vijay Sethupathi) is a small time thief with a good heart. His partner in crime is a kid called Super (played by Surya Vijay Sethupathi, yes, his son). There are no details about the relationship between both of them, but the chemistry works big time in the film. Also, the ironical cliché of the flashback story which they attempt to explain few times is interesting. Thiru has some hearing impairment, except that he can hear anything which is important without any problem.
Thiru meets Venba (Anjali) and fall in love especially because she speaks louder than usual. The scenes between them and most of the first half is breezy and interesting in parts. However, the film shifts gear in the second half when Thiru comes to know that Venba is kidnapped by a skin trading gang in Malaysia. How he saves her and all the other women from the hands of deadly gangs in Malaysia forms the rest of the film.
This seems to be an interesting premise but goes awfully wrong with the script and logic in the second half. The scenes in Malaysia which is supposed to be thrilling and filled with action, seems to be shot lethargically. There is no connection between the locations and we can hardly believe the film was shot in Malaysia. The villain is not convincing at all and is a big disappointment. The action scenes are baseless, imagine defeating a horde with guns using a sling shot and few stones. There are several such scenes which takes away the seriousness of the subject. The sentiments between the kidnapped women and Thiru also does not work because of the poor writing.
The background score is decent. The songs in the first half is good but the one in the second half was not needed. Cinematography is good in parts and add’s to the mood of the film. It’s very difficult to write an engaging script for a film with a wafer thin storyline like this and keep the audience engaged throughout. While Vijay Sethupathi and his son ensure this to a large extent with their performance, but the script lets them down badly. In the end, you come out of the theatre with an empty feeling.
Overall, Sindhubaadh is an average watch and Vijay Sethupathi’s wait for a genuine mass masala hit continues.
Rating – 2.5/5