Behind the Movie Sikindar: Screenplay magician Lingusamy and Suriya is one of the best combo packs of South. We even have glamorous Samanta, music by Yuvan to increase our curiosity on film made on a very high budget. Slowly, let us get into the review.
In the Movie Sikindar: Krishna (Suriya), handsome and handicapped person lands in Mumbai to find the whereabouts of his missing brother Raju aka Raju Bhai (Suriya). Very quickly, it’s established that Raju Bhai and his close friend Chandu (Vidyut Jamawal) ruled Mumbai mafia taking on rivalry with don Imran (Manoj Bajpai). In the process, Raju Bhai also deeply falls in love with Commisioner’s daughter Jeeva (Samanta). However, things turn violent with deaths of Chandu and Raju Bhai. Who are those friends turned betrayers in Chandu’s gang? Is Raju Bhai really dead? How did Krishna complete the revenge is action filled portion.
Values & Out of the Movie Sikindar: Of course, disappointed to sum up film’s bad output putting entire blame on most trusted Lingusamy yet one has to accept a fact that ‘Sikindar’ tops the worst films list of this wonderful craftsman. Move looked as if Lingu stood far away from his standard basics. Adding to audience wounds, the lengthy 180 plus minute agony ends with severe anguish on Lingu. Definitely, there was a regular mafia story with business, friendship, revenge, trust, betrayal, romance and action. However, it’s the way Lingu directed and scripted the whole thing was terribly horrifying. Unnecessary scenes, stupid and logic-less sub plots played the foul. Santosh Sivan’s cinematography will get a five star rating along with stunt composition of Silva. I think Santosh Sivan used every location in Mumbai and precisely, every shot takes place in a new location. Editing by Anthony left a hollow expression. Music by Yuvan was just middling. One or two dialogues on friendship were catchy while the rest are again far reaching. Production values of Rama Lakshmi Creations are above top notch.
On performance front, Suriya was excellent in displaying the mass mannerisms. Styling wise, this could be his best look in recent times. Samantha took this consignment to load the movie with overloaded glamour. She exposed the skin in a skimpy bikini for few seconds, a treat for spice loving kings. Vidyut Jamawal enjoyed a meaty role. Manoj Bajapai is wasted while there was no importance to Brahmanandam as Guru Shastri. Among the rest Murali Sharma, Dalip Tahil, Soori, Sathyan etc were un-identical with Telugu public. Chithrangada Singh and Maryam Zakaria’s item songs did not leave any hot impact.
Out of the Movie Sikindar: A look into past hits of Lingusamy evidentially proves that he believes less in story and more in narrating the simple story with a gripping screenplay. His trademark execution and class craftsman skill was sensed only in camera handling, location scouting and production standards. Rest, there was no Lingu mark. Shockingly, what made Suriya to believe in this beaten script with straight narration is still to be known? Instead of moving patrons emotionally for highly charged action episodes, they focused more on styling, visual brilliance and raising the budget. To earmark the positives, it’s the interval block to be rated as best portion in this three hour trauma.
Overall, ‘Sikindar’ is an old pickled underworld mafia story with predictable treatment. Lingusamy and Suriya are worth of delivering better and far better movies than this one. It’s a bummer for those Telugu audiences who look at Kollywood with a bit of respect.
Cinejosh Verdict of Sikindar: ‘Sick’ and Sloppy.
Cinejosh Rating: 2.5
Reviewed by Srivaas