SAITHAN MOVIE REVIEW
Staring : Vijay Antony, Arundhathi Nair
Director : Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
Music : Vijay Antony
Production : Fathima Vijay Antony
Psychological thrillers have always set a good reception among the audiences when it comes with the right kind of content or else it would definitely have a backfiring moment. It’s always a daring experiment to make with such a genre, but Pradeep Krishnamoorthy strikes perfectly with his course of attempt in ‘Saithan’ starring Vijay Antony and Arundhati Nair in lead roles.
Dinesh (Vijay Antony) is perturbed with turbulent annoyances, when he starts hearing some strange voices. The psychiatrists and psycho analysts attempt their best, but nothing gives a solution until Dinesh unravels the mystery about a hidden past that takes him to the banks of Cauvery across Tanjore to find out who’s the Jayalakshmi and why the voice insist Dinesh to kill her.
Pradeep Krishnamoorthy doesn’t waste his time dragging screenplay into the unwanted episodes, but directly introduces the conflict of protagonist by the first few minutes. Even the romantic episodes between the lead pair are narrated through a song and then we are again pitched up the serious conflicts out there. The first hour has a heavy punch of twists and raciness and by the intermission; we are intrigued with an impulsive twist. But as the story traverses through the second hour and the mysteries unraveled slows down the momentum. In some places, Pradeep seems to have adapted a routine cinematic approach, where we find the climax fight is completely unwanted and the terrific baddie suddenly gets ridiculous. There are scenes, where Vijay Antony remains serious and puzzled, but the audiences feel the humour. Say for instance, the scene where Y Gee Mahendran drives the car and Vijay Antony’s starts hearing the same eerie voices that killed his friend a week back in time pulls off the ultimate humour. But then the same significances get missed by the climax encounter with the baddie.
Nevertheless, it’s the screen presence of Vijay Antony that keeps stealing the show and eclipsing the slightest flaws.
Verdict : A taut psychological thriller