Sabash Sariyana Potti Movie Review – An (Un)Even Contest

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Sabaash Sariyaana Potti is directed by popular Television actor Venu Aravind. After years at the Television front, he has ventured into direction. Now, the inevitable question is, if he knows film direction. Can he answer his sceptics and scepticisms? Has his reliance on relatively new faces paid off? Can he move on to directing his next?

Sabaash Sariyaana Potti is about a youngster’s (Sriram Karthik) aspirations of fame and well-being. He gets lured by an actor (Jayaram as JR) – whistling and dancing for his idol, at the theaters. After a chance meeting with the star, the youngster travels down to Chennai assured by a false promise of getting cast in a film. Will Jayaram help him and what will happen to Sriram Karthik? Hit the theaters for the answers!

Director Venu Aravind begins with a voice over introduction of his characters. Sriram lives in Vaadipatti with his widowed mother (Sri Ranjani). Sriram is a mimicry artist. When Jayaram pays a visit to his driver’s wedding, Sriram performs mimicry before him. Jayaram promises him a future in Chennai for which he would offer all help. Believing in his words, Sriram moves to Chennai. Sriram repeatedly annoys Jayaram for which he gets beaten up by Jayaram. Sriram then vows to become as successful as Jayaram.

Venu Aravind knows direction pretty much but probably, the budget cannot suffice. He does not make a director alone but a writer too. Explaining the characters’ traits in advance, he writes relevant scenes in the latter half. Quite intelligently, Jayaram’s level of consciousness, after rounds of alcohol, is used effectively in the end. Though the film turns tedious and lengthy in the second half, he brings back attention with surprising twists and turns.

Sriram Karthik performs well but most of his emotions seem irrational. Annoying an actor or anybody else to such extents would result in physical assault. You cannot justify Sriram’s behavior towards Jayaram which cuts off the empathy you ought to feel for the lead actor. Similarly, after jayaram insulting Sriram, Sri Ranjani (mother) tells Sriram (son), “Edhavadhu Velaya irukkundhirupaaru. Andha Mavaraasana paathutae vaapa.” These days, mothers don’t encourage their sons’ hero worship, even in villages. However, If you wonder if Jayaram will be justified for his bad temper, he is, rightly so, at the end.

The attempted satire on political issues and actors’ aspirations towards politics ensure laughter and social thought. Less number of songs in the first half and more in the second half adds to the length. Songs, at inappropriate places, push you to boredom. However, the script regains pace before the climax. Vijayakath Ali Khan’s and Venu Aravind’s dialogues, laced with humour, help maintain pace. Thaman shows inspirations from Yuvan Shankar Raja but adds color due to his recent popularity. Casting has hugely saved the film from amateurishness. Venu Aravind, in dual role, utilizes his screen presence and sense of humor to make a mark.

write by Michael

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