Sigaram Thodu Review
by Sai Shyam G
It is very evident that a lot of thought process has gone into the making of this film, right from the title cards, which reveal the theme of the film. Having taken up a plot revolving around ATM robberies, which is a burning issue in our nation, has the team come up with an engaging and entertaining film? Read on.
Murali Pandian (Vikram Prabhu) aspires to become a bank manager, while his dad Chellapa (Sathyaraj) wants to see his son as a police officer. Meanwhile, couple of ATM robbery sequences are shown and the culprits are on the run. In a parallel track, Ambujam (Monal Gajjar) falls for Murali Pandian, but she doesn’t want him to turn a cop. Will Murali Pandian change his mind for his dad or will he try to impress his ladylove?
Sathyaraj is definitely an unsung hero, who has lifted many movies with his clinical performances and this is one of them. As a doting father, he is remarkable in his role, especially in the scenes he takes on the culprits. Special credits to the director for casting him in this role.
Vikram Prabhu looks trim and fit in his character and he has improved on his expressions too. The pre-interval fight sequence looks very realistic and Vikram Prabhu has displayed confidence during fight sequences. Monal Gajjar has made a neat debut and fits into her role, that provides her minimal scope. KS Ravikumar makes a breezy cameo and as usual, he makes his presence felt. Director Gaurav dons the role of an intelligent fraudster and he has come up with a subtle performance. Sathish and Erode Mahesh provide few laugh worthy moments.
Imman’s background score is impressive in the second half and lifts the movie’s pace to a considerable extent. Among songs, ‘Takku Takku’ sounds very catchy and it is creatively picturized, thanks to the VFX team and editor Praveen KL’s innovative editing. Vijay Ulaganath’s camera captures the serene locations of North Indian mountain ranges aesthetically, while he has also done a commendable job in canning the robbery sequences with minimal lighting. Praveen KL’s editing increases the momentum of the movie after intermission and the cuts are seamless during most scene transitions.
Direction – Gaurav
Director Gaurav has succeeded in making a clean and engaging thriller, that has its share of commercial compromises. The director has done his research work well during the pre-production stage and it is evident in the detailing in the screenplay. He has tried to highlight the way in which the ATM robberies take place and the techniques involved behind them, in a simpler way, that could be understood by a layman.
The movie starts off promisingly with an ATM robbery and increases the curiosity of the audience. However, the love sequences in the first half are a dampener and they could have been conceived along with the main plot. But, the movie again gets into the central plot soon and ends on a relatively pleasing manner. In the second half, the interrogation scene by Vikram Prabhu is easily the highlight of the film.
On the flip side, ‘Scene-u Scene-u’ song looks unwarranted and acts as a speed-breaker during a crucial juncture. The comedy sequences revolving around the police station look outdated and rarely funny. Without these, the movie could have been even more racy at 2 hours. Overall, overlooking these commercial hurdles, the movie works as an engaging entertainer, thanks to the intelligent elements in the screenplay, supported by good performances and strong technical values.
Written by Sai Shyam G | Follow @saishyamg