Movie Review

Seethakaathi Movie Review

Banner Name: Passion Studios
Producer: Arun Vaidyanathan
Director: Balaji Tharaneetharan
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Certified Type:  U
Music Director: Govind Vasantha
Editor: R Govindaraj
Language: Tamil
Art Director: Vinoth Rajkumar
Story Writer: Balaji Tharaneetharan
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Saraskanth T K
Story Details

Balaji Tharaneetharan’s Seethakaathi is one of those films which presents a unique conundrum. It is a film that needs to be discussed at length, but then, doing so would also reveal its novel conceit, and ruin some of the major surprises it has to offer its audiences. The film’s protagonist, Ayya Adhimoolam (Vijay Sethupathi) is a veteran of the stage. Acting is his life, and theatre his world.

In its first 20-25 minutes, the film gives us his journey in theatre, from the 1950s till 2013, in a rather straightforward way. We see him performing in various plays across the eras. The content of these plays changes according to their respective eras. In the 1950s, it is mythologicals, like Lava Kusa, but by the 1980s, we get a courtroom drama.

Others Comment:
Director Balaji and Govind Vasantha seem to have worked in tandem, as their work stands out. There are scenes where the shift in mood is very evident. These scenes have been constructed very smartly and the music plays a major role in it. The idea of the film is something special and it works. The initial 40 minutes could seem to be a drag, without any commercial compromises, but the time taken to establish Ayya's character, is what helps it last eternally.
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Technical Department

Direction 8
Editor 8
Casting Producer 9
Art Department 8
Music Director 8

Technical Department

Story Department 8
Choreography 8
Cinematography 8
Graphics 8
Field Publicity 8
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