Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thoare uses a set-up that is almost done to death in the horror comedy genre — a family moving into a haunted house. The tricks that it uses to make us laugh or feel scared (sometimes both at the same time) are also familiar.
It is predictable fare, yes, and there isn’t much inventiveness both in terms of narrative and filmmaking, but there is a quiet confidence in how Ike narrates this tale and keeps us entertained.
Ghost stories such as these are plenty in Kollywood and although this takes out the novelty in the film, debutant director Ike has done a solid job in keeping the jokes fresh and clean and juxtaposing them with equal amounts of horror.
Vishal Chandrasekar on the music is alright, while the visuals and editing are adequate. Originality might not be a strong point of Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae, but the conviction of the director’s narration makes this a nice summer breeze.
For an actor of Jiiva’s caliber the character Vasu does not measure up and most of the time he is required to go through the motions. However ‘SBKT’ might just be the break that the talented actor has been waiting for to turn his luck at the box office. Sri Divya does not have much to do here and what is alarming is that she seems to be losing her charm in recent few films.
The big plus of ‘SBKT’ is a mixture of adult and juvenile comedy that work in most of the places. The first half is also packed with thrills as the director keeps on teasing of a ghostly presence and only makes a reveal during the interval.
Director Ike's biggest strength is his comic writing, and the film is filled with genuine fun moments thanks to Soori, who is aptly supported by ace comedians including Thambi Ramaiah and Devadharshini. Though the story is predictable from the word go, few well-written comedy sequences provide enough entertainment.
Overall, Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae is a watchable horror comedy for this summer season.