Banner: Studio Green
Cast: Karthi, Tamannah, Santhanam
Production: K E Gnanavelraja
Karthi seems to be having a dream run in Kollywood. He is like a batsman in in prime form smashing all deliveries to boundary. As long as you are not ready to complain that ‘Siruithai’ lacks logic, the film would work big time, as it is an out and out commercial fare.
Having started his career convincingly being part of off-beat movies like ‘Paruthuiveeran’ and ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’, the sibling of actor Suriya is right here at a groove proving that he too is not far behind his elder brother, tasting success doing mass masala ventures.
Adding to his list of entertainers is ‘Siruthai’. Fast and furious from the word go, the movie comes with a sole purpose to provide entertainment and with no pretensions achieves the purpose.
As if not happy scoring a ton in his earlier ventures, Karthi goes to score a double hundred here. Yes, the actor manages to pull it off convincingly donning a dual role in the film for the first time – that of a callous local youth and a tough cop.
Though a remake of Telugu hit ‘Vikramarkudu’, director Siva has taken Karthi’s abilities in his stride to make some suitable changes in the Tamil script, that helps the movie cross the chequered flag with much ease and gusto. Be it the dialogues, comedy, action or romance, ‘Siruthai’ manages to sustain all interest – it is like a pot where you put your hand everytime you get a fortune.
Rocket Raja (Karthi) is a small time thief who is talented enough to steal anything he comes across. In the company of Kaatupoochi (Santhanam), he enjoys life to its extent and even falls for the charm of a beautiful girl (Tamannah).
However, his life changes forever when a small girl comes to Raja calling him dad. As Raja finds out the girl’s past, a flashback reveals that she is the daughter of an honest cop Rathanavel Pandian (Karthi), who is a nightmare to baddies.
However, Pandian is now is on the run because his enemies are behind him and his daughter. Eventually, the villains find the whereabouts of Pandian and finishes him off.
So steps in Rocket Raja (with the help of Pandian’s colleagues who are behind the girl reaching him) into his shoes and finishes the unfinished work of Pandian. He also takes care of his daughter. A roller-coaster ride of fun, joy, camaraderie and romance is what ‘Siruthai’ is eventually.
Karthi has not merely run through the motion but gives his heart and soul in the characters. Be it a fun-loving Rocket Raja or the angry policeman Rathnavel pandian, Karthi brings both astute on screen. He combines the Anbuselvan of ‘Kakkha Kaakha’ and the Sakthi of ‘Pithamagan’, made famous by his brother Suriya. At ease and at his self in dual roles, Karthi spells his charm all through.
Not far behind is Tamannah. The ‘Paiyaa’ duo of Tamannah and Karthi recreates the same chemistry on screen. Tammanah as bubbly innocent girl spells magic. A complex character made with ease by her. After a brief interval, she gets a role in which she really sparkles.
Add Santhanam for humour, and the end product is breezy and entertaining. As usual the comedian has audience in splits with his one-liners. He combines the grace of veteran Goundamani and presents them in his unique way, scaling success movie after movie. Mega Nair (of ‘Thangam’ fame) plays a woman police and has a bearing in the script.
Then there is Avinash, Rajiv Kanakala among others who do the job given to them with consummate ease Walking away with honours is Vidyasagar. The man of melody has come up with a cocktail of peppy and soft numbers, while Velraj’s cinematography is the talking point of the movie. The action sequences featuring Karthi as cop is major plus for ‘Siruthai’
Produced by Studio Green, ‘Siruthai’ is fit and fine for a good leap. With Karthi trying new vistas not missing out on the entertainment quotient, it is a obvious sweet pongal for masses this Pongal. Action and satisfaction is what ‘Siruthai’ is.