Sattai': Sivakarthikeyan's baby step towards stardom (IANS Tamil Movie Review)
In what could've been a scene originally written for a star hero,
Sivakarthikeyan storms into a police station (in slow motion) as inspector
Mathimaran and threatens some thugs who're creating a nuisance. He delivers a
lengthy sermon about the sections under which he can book them. And just when
you start to realise the seriousness of the scene, you're in for a twist.
Mathimaran is not an inspector, but just a constable, who was daydreaming.
In 'Kaaki Sattai', Siva, who has mostly featured in a string of successful
comedies, takes his first baby step towards becoming a mass hero, sans
You can sense the lack of confidence and seriousness right from the first scene.
Initially, Siva is unsure if he's cut out to be an action hero, which explains
why the opening scene turns out to be a mockery of his own screen image. As the
film progresses, Siva does transform into the kind of hero who treats a bullet
shot like a needle prick, but you can still feel that he treads the chosen path
For instance, Siva is aware of the fact that an action hero is required to
fight, which he does, but restricts himself to just one scene. Also, he dons
khaki in just a few scenes. Because more the number of scenes in which a hero is
seen in police khaki, more action is expected, which Siva duly avoids by
reminding himself he's just taking baby steps towards stardom. And by doing so,
he looks like he's been projected in a larger-than-life role he doesn't quite
fit despite the earnest performance.
'Kaaki Sattai' is very much a Sivakarthikeyan film featuring all the elements --
comedy, romance and drama -- his fans usually look forward to in his films. The
action angle merely presents the actor in a new dimension, designed to rebrand
his onscreen image as a mass hero. But for those who've always considered Siva
to be a great entertainer, the good news is he entertains and that's what really
matters. He still delivers lines with ease and shines in comedy, which has
always remained his forte and it will continue to be for a long time. Agreed he
looks a little out-of-place in the songs and is not great at dancing, but does
any of this really matter when you've decided to take stardom head on.
Having closely worked with Siva in 'Ethir Neechal' earlier, director Durai
Senthil Kumar extracts the best from the actor. Even with a predictable story
about organ donation, Durai ensures a spotlight on poor migrant workers from
north India in Chennai, and how they're robbed of their livelihood, and in this
case, of their organs. At least somebody finally cares about this migrant
By now it's clear that Siva is in no mood to discard his comedy tag. And with
his brief stint with action in this outing, he might even become the next
action-comedy star of Tamil cinema.
When you see 'Kaaki Sattai' a film where a hardcore entertainer dons khaki for
the first time, I think it works very well.
Director Durai Senthil Kumar says actor Sivakarthikeyan, who is usually seen in romantic and comic roles, has worked really hard to play a policeman in forthcoming Tamil actioner "Kaaki Sattai".Read More