Grac­ing Kol­ly­wood with a movie that is art

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Movie Re­view: Seethakaathi Di­rec­tor: Balaji Tha­ra­neetha­ran Cast: Vi­jay Sethu­pathi, Par­vati Nair, Su­nil Reddy, Mouli and Re­mya Nam­beesan Rat­ing: 7/10

SEETHAKAATHI is Kol­ly­wood star Vi­jay Sethu­pathi’s 25th movie and proves to be an un­usual film about Ayya Aad­hi­moolam (Vi­jay Sethu­pathi) and his life as an es­teemed theatre artiste.

A cel­e­bra­tion of the life of Aad­hi­moolam – a gi­ant in the theatre world who died in 2017 – di­rec­tor Balaji has han­dled this movie quite deftly in dish­ing out a whole load of sur­prises and fan­tasy el­e­ments that you will barely ex­pect from a movie of this genre. How­ever, he should be ap­plauded for in­clud­ing el­e­ments like drama, sen­ti­ment, fan­tasy and com­edy.

Seethakaathi is a finely crafted art movie sans any masala el­e­ments to give it a com­mer­cial flair. This movie is for con­nois­seurs of fine art films.

The ini­tial 40 min­utes fea­tures var­i­ous exquisitely shot theatre se­quences. There­after, there is no stop­ping the comic el­e­ment that goes full throt­tle to­wards a sur­pris­ing cli­max.

Mu­sic di­rec­tor Govind Vas­an­tha shines in the mu­sic depart­ment with his finely tuned in­stru­ments, which have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the over­all qual­ity of the film.

In­ter­est­ingly, the film is made on live sound and has been ex­e­cuted con­vinc­ingly, with­out hin­drances.

Balaji and Govind Vas­an­tha seem to have worked in tan­dem, as their work stands out. The film shifts from one mood to an­other ef­fort­lessly.

All the ac­tors have done com­mend­able jobs in de­liv­er­ing di­a­logues in live sound, which is quite chal­leng­ing. How­ever, they all make it seem so easy.

Sethu­pathi must again be sin­gled out, as he plays his role with aplomb. This role was tai­lor made for him and he proves yet again why he is a bank­able ac­tor in Kol­ly­wood.

Sethuapthi plays the 73-year-old theatre artiste re­al­is­ti­cally. The pros­thetic make-up is good and you must bear in mind that Sethu­pathi had to sit through four hours of pros­thetic make-up, on a daily ba­sis, while the film was in pro­duc­tion.

He proves he is the pin­na­cle of ded­i­ca­tion and this award-win­ning per­for­mance will be re­mem­bered.

On the whole, Seethakaathi is an in­ter­est­ing film that has a mix­ture of art, pathos and comedic mo­ments to make it a one time watch at the movies.

● Seethakaathi is be­ing shown twice daily at the Cine Cen­tre Sun Coast in Dur­ban.

● Lachimiah is an ex-pre­sen­ter on Ra­dio Phoenix and two other com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions. He is a sea­soned MC and mo­ti­va­tional speaker, and has a deep in­ter­est in Kol­ly­wood movies and mu­sic.

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‘Seethakaathi’ starring Vi­jay Sethu­pathi is one film that will surely be re­mem­bered.

MICHAEL LACHIMIAH

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