Sutta Kadhai Movie Review
Cast: Nassar, Balaji, Venkatesh
Sutta Kadhai falls under the dark comedy genre which is the directorial debut for Subbu. The movie stars Balaji, Venkatesh and Lakshmi Priya in leads; Nasser plays a pivotal role in the movie. The director has been influenced by the 80’s and early 90’s pulp fiction comic books which worked with readers of those days. Subu makes an attempt to resurrect the comic book bumbling heroes, but somewhere it is lost in translation on the big screen.
The milieu is the fictional mountain tribal village Koramalai. The local police station is run by Inspector Thirumeni (Nassar) and two new constables Ramki (Balaji) a kleptomaniac and Sangili (Venkatesh), who has a hearing impairment, joins duty. The local tribal chief (MS Baskar) is murdered. Ramki and Sangili, the bumbling cops who are great fans of Sambasivam Comics are out to investigate.
The first 15 minutes of the film holds your attention including the opening credits sequence where the plot of the movie is introduced as an animated comic strip, is the best part of the film.
After that Subu fails to make it crackle, as his two lead characters are obsessed with solving the crime by reading Sambasivam crime comics, which today’s audiences do not understand. As a comic book it may have been great, but the jokes when it is translated to screen fail to evoke laughter.
And in the second half full of twists does not register as characterisation of others in the film like Jayaprakash, MS Bhaskar and Lakshmi Priya is weak.