Movie: Vijay Sethupathi
Director: Vijay Chandar
South Indian Superstar Vijay Sethupathi is back in a mass avatar with ‘Sanga Thamizhan’ after niche films like 96 and Super Deluxe. This film has been dubbed into Telugu as Vijay Sethupathi and is hitting the screens today. Ravuri V Srinivas has bagged the Telugu rights and the film is locking horns with Sundeep Kishan’s Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL and Vishal’s Action. Vijay Sethupathi will be seen playing dual roles. Rashi Khanna and Nivetha Pethuraj will be playing his love interests. Let’s check out if Vijay Sethupathi can become the next mass star in Telugu with this film.
Vijay Sethupathi as Sethupathi is the darling of his village. He fights against minister Chantabbayi (Ashutosh Rana) who helps a corporate businessman (Ravi Kissen) to build a copper industry in that village which will harm the lives of the people in the Village. Chantabbayi kills Vijay and his entire family. Charan ( Vijay Sethupathi again in a double role) is a wannabe actor and he is brought into the village to step into the shoes of Sethupathi. The rest of the story is about how villagers got justice and the villains got eliminated.
Vijay Sethupathi is a brilliant performer with a huge range of acting. But in this movie, he looks disinterested and sleepwalks through his role. Maybe he attempted this film to get some mileage among the masses but it has backfired. Looks-wise also he looks too heavy to be a hero. He immediately needs to hit the gym. Rashi Khanna and Nivetha look good and act decently but their roles are too short and poorly written to make any impact. Soori tries to create some laughs but fails. Nasser, Ashutosh Rana, Ravi Kissen, and others are ordinary with nothing to rave about.
The music by Vivek-Mervin may appeal to the masses. But the lengthy village montage songs in the second half test your patience. The BGM is very loud and irritating. The production values are pretty ordinary as the film doesn’t need high technical values. The editor has done a bad job as the film is too long to sit through. The film needs heavy trimming as the second half becomes unbearable by the time the film reaches its awful climax. Some dialogues are good but they are far and few.
The first half of the film is just about ok with no story with a nice interval bang. The second half is a complete mess with no redeeming points. The flashback episode is pretty boring and routine which we have seen in zillions of faction films of Tollywood. The film goes on and on and on with no illogical scenes and irritating screenplay. There is no proper conflict between the hero and the villain. The hero character gets no elevations because of the stupid screenplay which is so necessary a mass film like this. It is no less than a punishment to sit through the second half of the movie and not lose your sanity. Even the pre-climax twist is an absolute sham and can be predicted from a mile. Basically director Vijay Chandar tried to make a khichdi of films like Srimanthudu, Khaidi no. 150 and Vikramarkudu but fell flat. His treatment of the film is still stuck in the 90s. He has already made two disasters in the past including Vikram’s Sketch and this one too will join the list. Vijay Sethupathi shouldn’t do senseless films in the name of mass. He is much above than films like these. The film is a big bore and it will be a surprise if it runs for even one week.
Vijay Sethupathi, crass in the name of mass
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Rashi Khanna, Nivetha Pethuraj, Nasser, Ashutosh Rana, Ravi Kissen, and Soori.
Produced by: Ravuri V Srinivas
Language: Telugu language (Dubbed)
Release Date: 15th November 2019
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