Soodhu Kavvum is a 2013 Indian Tamil comedy thriller film directed by debutant Nalan Kumarasamy of Naalaya Iyakunar fame It features Vijay Sethupathi and Sanchita Shetty in the lead roles.
The film was released on May 1 and received highly positive reviews.
Movie: Soodhu Kavvuum
Directed by Nalan Kumarasamy
Produced by CV Kumar
Screenplay: Nalan Kumarasamy
Story: Nalan Kumarasamy
Star Cast: Vijay Sethupathi as Das, Sanchita Shetty as Shalu, Radha Ravi, MS Bhaskar, Simhaa as Pagalavan, Ashok Selvan as Kesavan, RJ Ramesh Thilak as Sekhar, Karuna Karan as Arumai Pragasam, Gaana Bala
Music: Santosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Dinesh Krishnan
Editing: Leo John Paul
Studio: Thirukumaran Entertainment
Soodhu Kavvum – Captive audience
‘Don’t panic sir… We have kidnapped your daughter sir… Take a deep breath… Are you alright now? What’s your monthly salary? You are working in a bank and I’m sure you would get more? The date is 10. Hope you have full salary. Kindly get ready with our cash and I’ll call you shortly..’ as Vijay Sethupathi says this to a bank manager, he walks straight into his room to collect the cash and gifts his daughter a 1000 rupees note for shopping. The theatre gets spangled with whistles and claps as the background score pumps in more energy.
It is a written theory that newcomers always have fresh ideas to convey and Nalan Kumarasamy seems to have made a firm decision on not compromising with it. The establishment of characters during the initial portions might seem a little sluggish, but once Vijay Sethupathi along with his mysterious Sanchitha Shetty appears, it’s a smile on everyone’s face. Of course, who can forget his first attempt of kidnapping a teen girl only to get unceasingly bashed in his face.
A bunch of good-for-nothing youngsters come across a 40-yr old Das (Vijay Sethupathi) only to know that he is a ‘KEDNAPPER‘ with 5 rules – Never kidnap a big fish, never threaten them, fulfill their needs, never use a weapon and finally, give up if the deal isn’t going to happen. Although reluctant at first, the youngsters later join the team of Das with a unique testament of kidnapping. But things go terribly wrong, when they get an offer to abduct Arumai Pragasam (Karunakaran of ‘Pizza‘ fame), son of an honest politician (MS Bhaskar). Heads roll, plans are spoiled, fantasies are burnt and lives are almost at its extinct.
He makes a trenchant mark and the way he has chosen is perfect to succeed in tinsel town. Vijay Sethupathi as a-40 year old Das is extraordinary and no one has ever performed such a role.
Sanchitha Shetty looks beautiful and sensuous, but her projection of fantasy world is okay. The others in the cast have stuck to the characterizations breathing lives into them.
MS Bhaskar, Radha Ravi and Yog Japee completely fit the role to T.
Musical score by Santhosh Narayanan enhances the visual effects with background score. ‘Kaasu Panam‘ and the theme music of ‘Soodhu Kavvum‘ are the cherry-picks of this film. Cinematography and editing are done with sleekness. If the dialogues in few portions were kept crisp and trimmed in duration, the film would have been yet more convincing.
Verdict: Laughter-riot with twists and turns.