Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Tamil Movie Review
Kollywood seems to have an unending hunger for chills for anything that seems to be haunted. Sangili Bungili Kathava Thora (SBKT) is the latest entrant to join the Kollywood's horror comedy bandwagon.
Directed by debutant Ike (who introduces himself during the movie's opening title as "MR Radha's grandson"), the movie follows the classic "Aranmanai" template, with a host of known faces, which includes the lead pair and an ace comedian.
The story as mentioned before has been beaten to the pulp in so many of the previous horror scripts. Vaasu (Jiiva), a small-time real estate broker, unknowingly buys a haunted house in order to realise his mother's dream. Once the family enters the house, they experience strange things and then they come out of it with some sentimental underpinnings. Thankfully, this time we are spared from the clutches of the clown-like exorcists!
The logic in the story was left to float in the air and all that the makers cared about was entertainment. The good thing is that the entertainment has worked, thanks to the one-liners of Soori and his performance which struck the right balance between farce and irritatingly over-the-top mockery.
The one-liners at many instances tickle the nerves, while the spirit part was also cleverly worked into the mix. Though there were no new thrills, the scenes were staged in such a way to extract the chills with some wack.
Also, the movie doesn't fail to pay homage to its predecessors like Chandramukhi and Kanchana - Soori replicated the "Vadivelu jitters" in the haunted bungalow, while a song from Kanchana 2 was used in a scene, maybe for a better recall value.
Jiiva and Sri Divya were just placeholders for the lead roles with nothing special to offer. Soori, of course, brought the house down along with Thambi Ramaiah and Kovai Sarala. Radharavi as the spirit had a not so exciting "spirited" outing. It was as if in every scene he had to empty a whole bucket of white distemper on himself - one of the many cliches.
Songs by Vishal Bharadwaj was very ordinary and the song placement was as if to go through the motions. Other technicalities in the movie aren't worthy of a mention.
The director-producer debut combo (Ike and Atlee), seem to have a clear vision - come up with a formula that has worked before without re-inventing the wheel on a stringent budget. The target audiences might have very little to complain, as the movie makes one have a hearty laugh without heeding to logic and sensibility!