Acting by cast
Sathru could have been a highly engaging cop thriller with a tight screenplay. But that doesn’t make it a no-go either. You can definitely watch it once for its decent script.
In his debutant attempt Sathru director Naveen Nanjundan wastes no time in getting us into the story.
Since he is upright, he often gets to see rifts with his higher officials. We get to see his coworkers talk about how upright he is despite the pressure he gets from his higher officials.
We have the antagonist Prabhakaran (Lagubaran), the leader of a kidnap gang.
Kathir once defeats the plot of the gang and saves the victim. In the execution, one of the members of the gang (a handicapped) gets killed.
Even though the kidnap gang are the bad guys, they seriously moan the lose of their member.
Prabhakaran takes a vow to take revenge. And things get personal. How Kathir tackles the challenges he faces forms the rest of the story.
Performances by the cast
Kathir’s physique doesn’t quite well suit that of an upright cop. But he compensates that with his facial expressions, dialogue delivery and body language.
Srushti Dange plays Kathir’s girlfriend. Even though she gets limited screen time, she delivers a decent performance.
Lagubaran definitely suits the role of a kidnapping gang leader. He threatens with his looks.
Ponvannan plays Kathir’s father and delivers a neat performance.
Suja delivers a convincing performance while the little boy that accompanies her is one to watch out for his smart performance.
The movie has a decently paced screenplay, and the run time is just right.
But a plot of this kind needs more twists and turns to surprise the audience and keep them hooked to the screen.
That’s where Sathru fails. While the first half is decently engaging, the second half becomes less impactful.
Mainly because the screenplay is stuck and the plot takes a straight ahead journey with no turns or surprises.
Having said that, it is a good thing that not much time and effort is spent on unnecessary songs or long winded romance sequences.
Cinematography is good. Especially, camera work gives enough justice to the chasing scenes in the movie.
Background music neatly compliments the scenes and the emotions.
Overall, Sathru could have been a highly engaging cop thriller with a tight screenplay. But that doesn’t make it a no-go either. You can definitely watch it once for its decent script.