“Kaakki Sattai Pottaa Mattum Dhaan Nee Aambala”, challenges Vaathiyar (played by Vela Ramamoorthy), the villain in director SU Arunkumar’s Sethupathi. Will Sethupathi, the inspector, who is in line to become the ASP, prove him wrong, fighting all the frame ups and hurdles thrown at him by the villain? This is the basic plot of the film.
Arunkumar has sketched the characters well enough that just the personalities alone invoke interests among the audiences. Be it Vijay Sethupathi’s bold, authoritative personality or Remya Nambeesan’s dutiful, witty, smart persona or Vaathiyar’s composure, shrewdness and maliciousness, the director has taken time in sketching each characters distinctly.
But the depth in these characters wouldn’t have been evident, if not for the solid performances from the actors. To add, Vaathiyar’s gang looked weak with no smartness and having them look like comedians could have been avoided.
Vijay Sethupathi’s part as a father is also well defined and played. The two kids brim with pleasant innocence, and energetic performances.
Sethupathi is Nivas K Prasanna’s first mass entertainer and the composer brings in variety and perfect feel, with ease. “Naan yaaru” number stands out tall both in composition and visual.
Sreekar Prasad’s cuts are as smooth as silk, so much so that one might even forget the involvement of an editor. Dinesh Krishnan has significantly contributed to the aesthetics of the film through his visuals.
Be it the top angles of the crowd sequences or the compositions of many slow-mos involving Vijay Sethupathi and also one involving his kid and the initial murder sequence, Dinesh Krishnan shows immense maturity.
All that considered, Sethupathi has a few downsides too. The movie holds the attention of the audiences rather too loosely. Despite its 121 minute run, the movie feels too long and leisurely paced, owing to it’s tried and tested story template.
While it is mostly good to have a simple story, in a movie like Sethupathi that has had predecessors with similar tales, a bit more complexity, depth or a difference in the narrative could have killed the déjà vu.
To sum up on a positive note, Sethupathi is still an enjoyable entertainer, with power packed performance from Vijay Sethupathi.
Verdict: A rehashed tale with good mass moments and energetic performances