Vijay Sethupathi, the overnight star of Tamil cinema, is either lucky or the smartest actor in the business to choose a different film every single time. Even though he may have done only three films as lead, including this film, but every one of them is poles apart from each other. His latest outing “Soodhu Kavvum”, a crime-comedy, successfully treads a path bereft of boredom and criticism. Of course, there are glaring loopholes staring right at you, but you wouldn’t mind as you are likely to be engrossed in the film.
The entire plot revolves around four wastrels who earn a livelihood by pulling off kidnapping for small ransom until one day a big offer comes knocking on their doors. They are required to kidnap the son of a local minister. What was supposed to be an easy task turns awry when unexpected actions change the course of the plan. This forms the rest of the story and eventually the climax.
I loved the way the four protagonists of the film were introduced. We get the perfect idea about the characters we are dealing with, their background, strengths and weaknesses and most importantly what is common between them.
I haven’t seen a Tamil film in a very long time that used humour so effectively. I couldn’t find a single moment where I felt as though it was worn-out. The best part about the humour is that none of it appears scripted. Most of these comedy sequences unfold automatically with scenes and situations that we come across. In other words, most of it is situational comedy which doesn’t evoke laughter but entertains.
There is some amount of foolishness attached to almost every character in the film. Most scenes in the film are drawn out of this foolish side of the characters. While some of the twists are funny, the rest predictable provided you pay attention to details. There are way too many twists that may have likely not worked in the favour of the film, but luckily it does to a large extent.
I could relate the film with British comedy “Four Lions” at some instances, especially the plot revolving around four wastrels. While in the English flick, four misfit jihadis wish to blow up something and eventually blow themselves up, here, it’s about four wastrels wish to kidnap one last time to settle down. Of course, I wouldn’t call it a copy but there are striking similarities, therefore I had a hunch initially.
Vijay was very confident in his role and that’s precisely what I liked about his performance. He was confident and comfortable too, while his friends were equally good in their respective roles. Sanchita Shetty has a role that I couldn’t quite understand. Was she merely an imaginary character or did she really exist?
The film could’ve been easily chopped by at least ten minutes. There was absolutely no need for two songs in the film, yet we see everybody breaking into the mood to groove to some peppy number. “Soodhu Kavvum” is not an exceptional crime-comedy, but it entertains from the word go.view less