To all those who were informed that Settai is not a frame-to-frame copy of Delhi Belly, I’m sorry to break your bubble, but from what I saw on screen, it looks nothing less than a neat copy sans cusswords or adult one-liners. I had least expectations from the film but surprisingly it was not bad. But, it could have been better and equally entertaining.
The plot is pretty much the same. It takes us through the lives of three friends, employed in a Tamil paper in Mumbai. A series of unfortunate events trigger off a cat and mouse game involving the search for missing diamonds worth millions.
What would have happened to Settai without Santhanam? This is a recurring question associated with several recent films featuring Santhanam. Even though he irritates me to the gut, I’m surprised by the way he has been used by Tamil film industry despite the fact he is getting repetitive and extremely boring.
Settai is not as genuinely good as Delhi Belly, but has very fewer moments to look forward to. These moments could have been developed into a promising plot, but we don’t see that happening. The onscreen friendship between the trio – Arya, Santhanam and Premgi, is passé and misses a soul. The film misses the charm of the original and it tends to throw the spot light on Santhanam for most part by giving him all the ‘so called’ best lines. Even though he rises up to the occasion and entertains with his one man show, one tends to get the feeling that the other actors turned out to be ineffective.
Even without profanity, Settai exploits the audience with cheap humour, which surprisingly helps the film encompass larger chunk of the audience. I don’t have to explain how that is possible. It’s self-explanatory.
Performances were not up the mark. As I mentioned earlier, this film would have definitely bombed without Santhanam. While Arya at least makes the effort to express in few scenes, Premgi was annoying with his oddly-looking big mouth acts. Hansika balances between glamour and performance, while Anjali doesn’t disappoint.