A mass-hero movie normally has a set of certain expected ingredients, moves in a predictable way, the structuring and execution of the script geared to enhance the hero’s image. ‘Kaththi Sandai’ with Suraj at the helm has romance, sentiment, fights, comedy and a couple of twists packed in it. Only, we have seen it all before and packaged in a better way. The plot offers nothing refreshing or exciting by way of scripting or presentation. Vishal essays his role with practiced ease, for he has done it all before.
The film opens on a thriller mode. A truck stacked with loads of currency notes is stopped by a daring cop (Jagapathy Babu) and the man (Arora) taken in custody. It loses no time to shift to Soory who plays a comic rowdy and then to a rather tame introduction of the hero Arjun. Quickly follows the romantic interludes between Arjun and Divya, he wooing her relentlessly and even earning the trust and approval of her brother, the cop of the first scene. For the next few episodes its romance intertwined with comedy as Soory helps the hero in his mission to win Divya’s heart. Soory hogs most of the first half. His humour includes taking constant digs at his dark skin and that of the hero, which the latter seems to take in his stride. With not much of a role to boast of, Tamannaah has just to look good which she does in some smartly designed dresses.
The director seems to have taken inspiration from the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Special 26’for the episode where the hero cons the cop into parting with his ill-gotten money. The hero has an agenda which would be revealed post interval. There are a couple of twists midway through, but tame ones. With the much hyped return of Vadivelu in a supporting comic role, one hoped his presence would pep up the scene. But the comedian appearing in the second half is not able to generate much interest or humour. And it’s not for lack of trying. At 149 minutes of viewing time, the film is too long and tedious an affair
Film: Kaththi Sandai
Cast: Vishal, Tamannaah, Vadivelu, Soory, Jagapathy Babu, Tarun Arora.