Review: ‘Sindhubaadh’ – Action aplenty

It’s the third collaboration between director Arun Kumar and Vijay Sethupathi after Pannaiyarum Padminiyum and Sethupathi.

The movie is about petty thieves Thiru (Vijay Sethupathi) and his young friend Super (Surya Vijay Sethupathi), who go on a voyage to save Venba (Anjali), Thiru’s wife, who was kidnapped by skin traffickers in Thailand. Though first half is a fun-filled ride thanks to Thiru’s onscreen chemistry with Super and Venba, the second half falters. George Maryan has a meaty role to do.

Seemingly inspired by Ramayana, the movie has heart-warming and entertaining moments as it begins. Vijay Sethupathi does his usual best while young Surya is the scene-stealer. His spontaneous performance and confident body language makes it an engaging watch.

Venba who was on leave from Malaysia, falls for Thiru after rejecting him initially. He continuously stalks her and eventually she falls in love with him after getting to know the ‘good side’. They get married at the airport when Venba leaves for Malaysia and promises Thiru that she will be back soon. When she gets kidnapped to be pushed in flesh trade, the onus is on Thiru to save her from gangsters. Linga (Linga) as baddie gets a meaty role and does justice to it.

A major strength for Sindhubaadh is Yuvan Shankar Raja. Not just his songs but background score add more strength to the film. Arun Kumar has managed to come up trumps in his writing and executes it well on screen. But had he maintained the momentum in the latter part too, Sindhubaadh would have certainly made an impact.

M Chitharth