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Posted on Dec 22, 11:09PM | IANS
Film: "Sattam Oru Iruttarai"; Cast: Thaman Kumar, Piaa Bajpai, Bindhu Madhavi, Reemma Sen and S.A Chandrasekhar; Director: Sneha Britto; Rating: *
Not all remakes can strike gold at the box-office. To re-make a film that was originally made 30 years back and hope it will entertain audiences is a herculean task. With sheer hope and no conviction, debutant director Sneha Britto, has remade "Sattam Oru Irrutarai" (SOI) only to miserably fail in the process. The film is a perfect example of how not to make a film.
The original story of the film is about the hero who wishes to avenge the killers of his parents' death. The 2012 version, is the story of Thaman, who plays the lead, wanting to avenge the killers of his girlfriend's death, while Reemma, who plays a righteous cop, and sister to Thaman, wants to capture him with evidence.
What surprises me the most is how a director belonging to the current generation can even think of remaking a film, which is three decades-old, without even attempting to rework on the story, except for the minor change in the plot? With so many debutant filmmakers going solo with impressive scripts and out-of-the-box films, SOI comes as whiff of stale breath.
The premise of the story is built on the relationship between Thaman and Piaa, but sadly the relationship between them is weak and obnoxious. The biggest weakness of the film is its poor casting and a lifeless script.
Sneha, in a desperate attempt to woo Vijay's fans', deliberately added a scene from one of the actor's previous film, that has no connection with the setting of the film. Likewise, the cameo by S.A Chandrasekhar as the law-bearer doesn't quite impress either. It is sheer waste of time to include these senseless scenes into the film.
Thaman Kumar showed signs of confidence, but struggled overall to deliver a satisfying performance. Reemma plays her part well but doesn't shine as she did in "Gangs of Wasseypur", while Piaa's lover-girl role is nothing close to her mischievous yet good performance in Tamil political-thriller "Ko". Bindhu barely has any part to play as the role is left hanging to a thin thread without any purpose.
The unneeded placement of songs or comedy, that is majorly portrayed with the help of television actors, has made the film to oscillate between bad and very bad. Other technical values fall short of even worth a mention.
Sneha's direction is aimless and naive without any signs of intellect. In a recent interview, she expressed her interest to remake "Thuppakki" may be 10 or 15 years from today, and I wonder what will happen to that film.