Kathir’s commercial flick Sathru comes after the blockbuster Pariyerum Perumal. Expectations were high, also because this time the actor plays a cop, which is one of the favourite genres for Tamil audience.
Kathir is introduced as a no-nonsense sub inspector of police, who deals with criminals in his own way and doesn’t bow down to his higher officials. A notorious gang kidnaps a school kid and demands a ransom from his parents.
Kathir takes up the case and encounters one of the criminals. His unwarranted action results in suspension. In the first few minutes, we are introduced to almost all the characters in the film. It is Kathir and the young criminals who shoulder the film in the first half. While we think that the suspense has unfolded and rest of the criminals will be nabbed in no time, the screenplay gets lengthy and Kathir seems to find it hard to pull off a cop role. Surprisingly, the director has created more screen space for the villains to perform. After a point in time, with no variations in emotions, characters and weak subplots, Sathru is a boring watch. Despite the director opting to have no songs in the film, the decision hasn’t paid off. Srushti Dange as Kathir’s fiancée has hardly any role to play in the film. Dialogues in the film are similar to what we have already seen in Kaakha Kaakha.
The scene in which the villains threaten the boy’s father after kidnapping him is a rip off from Pandya’s dialogue in Kaakha Kaakha. “Ivlo solliyum avan appan police kita poirukaana… dei arun un appaku un mela akkarai illa pola iruku” was already present in the 2003 cult classic. In this film, the villains are seen saying the first part of the dialogue with the same modulation as Jeevan’s in Kaakha Kaakha. Apart from this, the character sketches of villains are similar to Suseenthiran’s Naan Mahan Alla. But where it gets hilarious is the villain’s theme music, which is same as Rajini’s theme from Petta. We couldn’t help but laugh. Cinematography too has very less to offer. Overall, Sathru despite being a Kaakha Kaakha, Naan Mahan Alla and Petta in bits and pieces, falls flat.