Vijay Sethupathi has stolen the show as Ayya Aadhimoolam. He is seen in the film for close to 40 mins but he makes a lasting impression throughout the movie. The way in which he has transformed as the character is brilliant. Govind Vasanth has done a good job with the songs. At the same time, his BGM works score higher this time. He even makes use of silence and minute notes to perfection.
Balaji Tharaneetharan must be applauded for taking the film through different genres. The screenplay of the film has been neatly layered. In fact, the initial portions of the film offer scope for an emotional drama through the life of the artist but after certain point of time, he adds the elements of dark comedy, which has done extremely well.
Verdict Seethakaathi, with its daring narrative pattern, powerful performances and a soulful concept, is a film that deserves applauses.
Seethakaathi depicts and talks about Ayya Aadhimoolam (Vijay Sethupathi) and his life as an esteemed theatre artiste. The film is the journey of a legend through his life. Director Balaji has packed this up with loads of surprises and fantasy elements that you will barely expect.
Director Balaji and Govind Vasantha seem to have worked in tandem, as their work stands out. There are scenes where the shift in mood is very evident.
Verdict: Seethakaathi has some great moments. Watch it for the fantastical idea and Vijay Sethupathi.
As for Vijay Sethupathi, for whom the film happens to be his 25th, he comes up with a memorable performance that as weird as it may sound, is showy, but also somewhat restrained at the same time! It is a performance that ensure that its presence is felt throughout and makes us not miss him during the large portions when he isn’t onscreen.
Seethakathi is not only powered by a quirky core idea, but also by its quirkiest choice of actors and it’s one of the reasons why the film works, despite the pacing issues. Also, Govind Vasantha’s music is a major highlight of the film as it beautifully heightens the emotions in the initial portion featuring Sethupathi.
If only Seethakathi can be watched with an open mind and not get judged by its first 40 minutes, it’s sure to go down as one of the best films of the year.
The movie speaks bare truth about hero worship in industry too. May be one call it a picture in picture. And it proceeds at its own pace with some funny one-liners in between that keep the whole show going.
Kudos to the filmmaker for making no compromise. And if you are a connoisseur of artsy film and don’t bother about its pace (the film runs for 2 hours and 52 minutes), Seethakathi is yours.
The theme that the soul of a passionate actor and his art is immortal is well explored in 'Seethakathi'. The first half of the film has very interesting elements that keep one engaged and especially the sequence involving Rajkumar and Bhagavathy Perumal is a scream.
Verdict: Go for this novel fantasy themed film that is partly entertaining but delves deep into the soul of an artiste in a thought-provoking manner.