Vijay Sethupathi's Sethupathi is rooted in realism with a bevy of smashing mainstream moments which are told naturally and more importantly, believably.
2.8 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
| SMK (NOWRUNNING)
Vijay Sethupathi's Sethupathi is the dark horse of this weekend's releases. Director Arun Kumar who made the heartwarming Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum has come up with yet another realistic drama in the cop genre. Rarely do Tamil filmmakers showcase police officers in pragmatic, real-life portrayals. At a time when glorification of cops is abound in Tamil cinema, Vetrimaaran's Visaaranai jolted everyone out with a hard-hitting horrific tale behind the other side of policemen, which is rarely seen in films. Now, Arun Kumar has delivered a memorable wholly enjoyable cop drama in Sethupathi where Vijay Sethupathi's sublime performance stands out.
Sethupathi is the kind of police officer who respects women. He doesn't sleep with them seeking favors. Neither does he objectify them nor does he generalize them with misogynist quotes. He is an astute police inspector who devotedly follows the 'Work While You Work, Play While You Play' formula.
At work, he is busy pushing his fellow colleagues to strive hard to capture culprits. At home, he is a complete child when he plays with his two endearing kids and wife (Remya Nambeesan). The meet-cure moments woven around the family sentiments are tastefully shot with an elegant touch of subtle emotions.
Vijay Sethupathi fits the bill perfectly with a sturdy physique and for the first time, he has used his eyes effectively in the film. His body language and dialogue delivery keeps reminding us that we are actually watching an 'actor's film and not a 'star's' film. Such is the underrated power of his simple dialogues which resonate well with the storytelling.
The story is rooted in realism with a bevy of smashing mainstream moments which are told naturally and more importantly, believably. Remya Nambeesan plays the role of a mother and does complete justice to the character without driving the story to distraction. Never before the family angle in a police officer's life was shown in a sincerely emotional manner than Sethupathi.
The well-written mass moments for Vijay Sethupathi are a clear-cut sign that he is all set to touch the big league soon. Nivas K Prasanna is another unsung hero of the film who ups the ante whenever needed and has identified where to leave pauses to help bolster the screenplay.
Arun Kumar is surely a director to watch out for and he will be the go-to man now from another leading distributors and theater owners.
2.8 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
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0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good