Survival of the fittest
Samuthiram (Sharath Lohithashwa) is a don who rules Tiruchirapalli. Shankar (Aruldas) kills him with the support of the local minister and police, and comes to Samuthiram’s position.
Ravi (Vijay Murugan) is the next in command in Samuthiram’s gang and Guna (Vikram Prabhu) is his loyalist. Hence, Ravi asks Guna to escort Niranjana (Manjima Mohan), the daughter of Samuthiram.
Niranjana falls for Guna and the latter too reciprocate to her feelings after initial resistance. However, after coming to know about it, Ravi opposes to the affair.
But Guna is firm in his relationship with Niranjana and decides to marry her by quitting rowdyism. This makes Ravi to decide to kill Guna, even as Shankar is also waiting to bump Guna off to take revenge for the murder of one of his aides.
Director S R Prabahakaran, after a heavy subject in Sundarapandian and a light subject in Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal, has once again taken the heavy route in Sathriyan.
Though the story of a gangster getting rerformed because of his love is old, Prabhakaran has presented it in a new bottle with the help of Vikram Prabhu and other members of the team.
Vikram Prabhu has done adequate homework and gets his act right. Manjima fits well to the role of a girl from a tier-two city, but her Tamil with Malayalam accent is a minus point. The star cast is huge and everyone has performed well, but Yogi Babu has been wasted.
When it comes to technical front, Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is one of the biggest highlights, while Sasikumar Vijayan’s cinematography is another strength.
On the flipside, the narration gets slow after a promising first-half and the screenplay wanders. But Sathriyan has its own thrilling and enjoyable moments. Though the film has not overdone a popular Vijayakanth movie of the same title, it has not harmed its reputation.
Rating: 2.9 out of 5
Director: S. R. Prabhakaran
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Manjima Mohan, Kavin, Rio Raj, Aishwarya Dutta, Soundararaja, Aruldoss, Poster Nandakumar, Sharath Lohitashwa, Aadukalam Naren, Yogi Babu, Sundari Divya, R.K. Vijay Murugan
Pro: Diamond Babu