Monday, 1 July 2019


Vijay Sethupathi, Anjali , Surya Vijay Sethupathi
S. U. Arun Kumar
Vijay Karthik Kannan
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Vansan Movies
K Productions
Release Date
June 27, 2019
2 Hours & 12 Minutes

My Thoughts
Sindhubaadh is the third collaboration between director S. U. Arun Kumar and actor Vijay Sethupathi after well-appreciated Pannayaarum Padminiyum and Sethupathi. Needless to say, that is one of the main factors for the exaggerated expectations from Sindhubaadh. The fact that Vijay Sethupathi’s son Surya would be sharing a longer screen space together hyped it further.

Thiru’s character falls in the feet of a sex worker when she offers him help. He doesn’t hesitate a bit. In the climax (no spoiler alert), Thiru rewrites the definition of heroism. In the climax, the power of women and their sheer strength is shown in a heart wrenching way. While there are the highlights, there are also some super-heroic scenes like jumping buildings (reminded me of a laugh worthy and highly illogical scene in Kuruvi where Vijay’s character jumps across a speeding train?)

The key takeaway for an average movie goer as well as any hard core Vijay Sethupathu fan who is used to variety and brilliance is just nothing but an unapologetic sequences of randomness. There is an extensive lack of integration and each scene, character and even characterization seems so detached and odd. The love between Venba (Anjali) and Thiru (Vijay Sethupathi) seems rushed, without giving any hints of how they grew to trust each other. There is no background about Venba’s problems with her family. The relationship between Thiru and his mascot, Super (Surya Vijay Sethupathi) is unexplained. While they are seen together, they don’t necessarily complement each other as individual characters. And then there is this Malaysian goon who is a psychopath and kills anyone and everyone. He sets his eyes on Thiru, tracks them down and even reaches them. They just escape right under his noses. Then there is this sub-plot (or is it the main plot, I am still confused) about skin trafficking.

In short, a lot is happening on screen. But, everything looks random (I repeat) and nothing really interlinks. It was a pleasure to see the bromance kind of vibes shared between Thiru and Super. But, that’s just not enough to spend hard earned money and more than two hours at the movies. Anjali looks nice and as usual, delivers some good performances. But, they just don’t sink well with the overall tone of the film (which I am not sure what!). The background music is often blaring and sometimes good. Songs are mediocre. Cinematography is good especially towards the climax. The editor has done his best, but the unavoidable randomness in the screenplay lurks around like a shadow. Even Vijay Sethupathi and his charm fails to come for rescue.

So I suggest that be patient and wait for it to stream in some online platform… and that too only if you are a Vijay Sethupathi fan like me and wouldn’t like to miss any of his films!


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