Silambarasankeeps interest alive in dull `Silambattam` (IANS film review)
* and a half
The self-styled little superstar Silambarasan
apes the mannerisms and diction of Tamil superstar Rajnikanth in Silambattam
(stick fight), but sadly, the young actor lacks the senior icon`s charisma.
Silambarasan attempts to keep catcalling frontbenchers happy with a generous
dose of vulgar jokes and scenes, but it is enough to make family audiences
squirm despite the censors` scissoring.
The routine storyline revolves around an ordinary, law-abiding Brahmin youth
Vichchu (Silambarasan) morphing into a one-man vigilante army following the
violence unleashed by a politician (Kishore, who is wasted in the role).
The politician is attempting to corrupt the youth by building a beer factory in
Then a local rowdy, Dorai (Prabhu), emerges on the scene from a long
incarceration, introducing a tepid mystery element to the storyline as Vichchu
is a look-alike of the jailbird`s sibling, who was murdered earlier.
The vendetta unleashed by the so-called good guys makes for a predictable
Despite his aping efforts and risqué jokes, Silambarasan has breathed life into
The hackneyed script, prop-like roles of the heroines Sana Khan and Sneha snag
Director Saravanan has acquitted himself slightly better while wielding the
The background score is passable. Though all the songs belong to the latest
Tamil music genre called Kuththuppaattu, comprising a fast beat and
lewd movements by performers, the attempts of Yuvan Shankar Raja fail to evoke
adequate responses from the audience.
There is nothing to write home about in this routine film except that it is a
wasted attempt by Silambarasan to ape another star Ajith during the climax - an
act that would certainly irritate the latter`s fans.