The voice within
Dinesh (Vijay Antony) is a bright techie who is lauded by one and all. Suddenly, he keeps hearing voices in his head. These sounds urge him to find and kill a woman named Jayalakshmi.
For, it was she who killed him in his previous birth. As he starts on a trip to Thanjavur to find his past, Dinesh realises Jayalakshmi looks exactly like his wife Aishwarya (Arundhati Nair).
Who is she and what connection does she have with Dinesh, or is a supernatural power at play? The answers to these questions form the rest of the story.
Twists that come in at regular intervals add to the suspense, while the haunting background score elevates the mood of the movie.
Performance-wise, playing a brooding character is a cakewalk for Vijay as he aces the role given to him. Aishwarya Nair is good in both roles, while veterans Charuhaasan, Y Gee Mahendra and Kitti add immense value.
Technically, ‘Saithan’ has no shortcomings, although more attention could have been given to songs.
The second half, especially the scenes leading to the climax, are disappointing. Overall, Vijay Antony’s latest outing might not be a wholesome entertainer like Pichaikaran, but is worth a watch.
Rating: Above Average