Bold & Hold
It seems director S R Prabhakaran loves to test genres. After a casteist story in ‘Sundarapandian’ and a rom-com in ‘Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal’, the filmmaker has opted for a gangster tale in his third venture ‘Sathriyan’.
Set in the backdrop of Tiruchirapalli, the story talks about the fight for supremacy between gangsters, the internal politics, their emotions and what might happen if one tries to reform.
Though the basic knot (inspired by a true incident) is interesting and the first half opens on a promising note, the film loses fizz in the second half. But it ends on an interesting note, by conveying an important message.
Samuthiram (Sharath Lohithashwa) is a don who rules Tiruchirapalli. Shankar (Aruldas) kills him with the support of the local minister and police, and comes to Samuthiram’s position.
Ravi (Vijay Murugan) is the next in command in Samuthiram’s gang and Guna (Vikram Prabhu) is his loyalist. Hence, Ravi asks Guna to escort Niranjana (Manjima Mohan), the daughter of Samuthiram.
Niranjana falls for Guna and the latter too reciprocate to her feelings after initial resistance. However, after coming to know about it, Ravi opposes to the affair.
But Guna is firm in his relationship with Niranjana and decides to marry her by quitting rowdyism. This makes Ravi to decide to kill Guna, even as Shankar is also waiting to bump Guna off to take revenge for the murder of one of his aides.
Vikram Prabhu has put in serious efforts to establish himself in the role of a gangster. Manjima Mohan is right choice, but she needs to improve her accent. Vijay Murugan, Yogi Babu, Sharath Lohithashwa and Aruldas among others deliver goods.
Yuvan Shankar Raja has added immense value to the movie with his music, mainly background score. Cinematography and editing departments too have done good job.
Had the director added more pace to the proceedings and done away with some unwanted ingredients, ‘Sathriyan’ would have emerged a big warrior. At the same time, he is not a loser however.
Rating: 2.9 out of 5