Sembi movie review


Kovai Sarala belongs to the tribal community living in Puliyur, Kodaikanal with her ten-year-old granddaughter Nila.

They make a living by taking honey and yams available in the hills and selling them in the market. After losing her daughter and son-in-law, she is the only support for her granddaughter and dreams of making her study and become a doctor somehow.

But as if to shatter that dream, Nila is sexually assaulted by three men. Kovai Sarala wants the culprits to be punished according to the law.

But the police are looking for Kovai Sarala for a murder. Were the criminals punished, why is the police looking for Kovai Sarala? What is Ashwin Kumar’s role in this story?


One of the major positives of the movie is that director Prabhu Solomon has took a simple story but has delivered it in a strong way.

He has touched upon several topics including sexual abuse of children, ill treatment of tribals and oppressions against women.

Kovai Sarala shines in the emotional sequences. Her acting brings much needed depth for the character.

Nila as Sembi has done complete justice to her role and brings the much needed emotional connect. Ashwin Kumar as the advocate has made use of the opportunity provided to him. He is convincing in his role.

Rest of the cast have also performed well. Nivas K Prasanna’s music adds more depth some of the emotional scenes. Rest of the technical aspects are okay as well.

Rating: 3.3/5