Seedan Review

Mar 4, 2011 By Rohit Ramachandran

Let me start by telling you that Seedan is unbearable. It does nothing to stand on its own feet. Absent of ideas, the film is so formulaic in its plotting and clichéd in its dialogue that within the first fifteen you know exactly where the film's heading. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn't be able to spoil the film for you. Here, predictability is at its most abysmal. I can give you a number of reasons for you to avoid Seedan but I can't think of a reason for you to watch Seedan.

Mano (Krishna) will be leaving abroad to work soon. On a visit to his grandmother's place, he ends up lusting after the housemaid, Mahalakshmi (Ananya). Coincidentally, she dreamt about their marriage just the previous night despite not having met him. Mano's mother is a chronic insomniac attributed to his single marital status. Assuming that he's still the same momma's boy he always was, she arranges for a girl to meet with him without his consent. This girl isn't just a trial; she's been fixed as his bride. Do I need to go on? You can fill in the rest yourself.

Dhanush plays an extended cameo as god in the guise of a cook. Vivek, who carries a stigma of a retarded clown, lives up to his reputation by playing a fraudulent sage. One joke involves him swallowing a terrorist's cell phone which explodes out of his rear end. If you find this funny, you've not had a taste of good comedy. I can't help but wonder what kept the actors working on the film. A constant reminder of their paychecks, I suppose. This story has been done so many times. You don't have to be a film critic to know that. The one-dimensional characters are treated as good people caught up in an iffy situation for which they repeatedly blame Lord Muruga. The dialogue isn't new either. Even before the actor reaches the middle of the sentence, you know what is being said. Debutant Director Subramaniyam Shiva has started off on the wrong foot. There are elements of the film that aren't worthy of appreciation or criticism due to their insignificance.

You've had a hard week and you need some time off in the theatre? Don't worry about it. There're five best pictures Oscar nominees and two excellent Tamil films, Aadukalam and Nadunisi Naaygal. This film will just make it harder for you. Seedan spirals downward and falls flat on its face.

Seedan spirals downward and falls flat on its face.
Rating: 2.2 / 10
Rohit Ramachandran