Movie Review : Saandrithazh
starring: Harikumar, Roshan Baseer
Datuk Radharavi, Abu khan
Ravimariya, Manobala, Aruldass, Tanisha,
Aditya Kathir,. Ashika and others.
Written & Directed by JVR
The film is set for release on August 4th in theatres
The story revolves around an ideal, utopian village which has no crimes, where people are taught self-discipline as a way of life, where honesty and hard work is valued. The villagers even shun a prestigious award for the model village and dont want the local politico (Radha Ravi) to interfere in their way of functioning.
But how was this village formed? Thereby hangs a tale, when a righteous man Vellaisamy (Harikumar) set up new way of village life after seeing the cheating, alcoholism and bad habits spoiling the lives of village folk. But what sacrifice did he have to give in order for things to achieve his goals?
The first half of the story is interestingly told with actor Roshan Basheer doing a good job as the youth keeping tabs on the discipline in the village.
Comedy is introduced from time to time with actors like Ravi Mariya and others, which keep the mood light.
The novelty factor of the village captures ones attention.
The second half is the flashback portion. Harikumar is superb as the upright, respectable person who dreams of making lives better for everyone. The intrigue in his life and the unforseen twists are engagingly handled.
The camerawork is a highlight of the film, with pleasant visuals especially in the songs.
On the flip side, the comedy bits of alcoholics and adultery get repetitive after a while and slow down the film. The making begins to feel a bit from the 80's style in several places.
The director has tried to show an utopian, ideal, contemporary and technologically up-to-date way of life with a large dose of sentiment and attempts at comedy, which works only in parts.