‘Seetimaarr’ was released today in the cinemas. What is in store? Is it worth a watch? Let’s find out.
Gopichand, who is a Kabaddi coach named Karthik Subramanyam, has to contend with villainous forces in order to help a village find justice. He coaches a female Kabaddi team at a huge personal risk. Two Ghaziabad-based villains have a stake in preventing the mission from being accomplished. Why are they after Karthik and his team? How does Karthik trump them and help his team emerge victorious? That’s what the rest of the film is about.
In recent years, Gopichand has played a RAW spy (‘Chanakya’) and a Robin Hood-type vigilante (‘Pantham’). After flops like ‘Soukhyam’ and ‘Goutham Nandha’, he needed to play an emotional and action-driven role. ‘Seetimaarr’ offered him that opportunity. Gopichand does a good job, by and large. His scenes with Tamannaah, who is able, work because of the humour.
One feels Tarun Arora is heavily caricatured in the movie. His dialogues don’t make much impact either. Rao Ramesh, who otherwise gets an ordinary role, delivers impact. Digangana Suryavanshi as a TV journalist is good enough.
Bhumika Chawla, Rahman, Posani Krishna Murali, Preeti Asrani, and others fit the bill.
Mani Sharma’s BGM gets a bit noisy while the songs are enjoyable despite them being old-school (but not necessarily unenjoyable). ‘Pepsi Aunty’ would have worked better with solid picturization. Anketa Maharana headlines the song. ‘Jwala Reddy’ is placed well and is also going to have the front-benchers jive. The cinematography by Soundarrajan is impressive, especially in the action scenes.
In the 2000s, a set of writers and directors concocted heavy-duty action movies in which two commercial tracks came together to add heft to the story. In ‘Seetimarr’, one of the baddies is inconsequential, while the actual villains are not in the hero’s village but in Ghaziabad. This is quite a worn-out formula.
Now, when you are telling such a story, you have to make the clashes look coherent. In ‘Seetimarr’, the conflict plot point is not integral to the women empowerment theme that the Kabaddi element is oriented towards. It could be Karthik’s girlfriend, parents, or children in an orphanage whose lives are at stake. The drama wouldn’t be different at all. Writer-director Sampath Nandi picks the sporting element and puts the sportswomen in danger. As a result, Kabaddi becomes a footnote. Even in the climax, it’s used to make the action scene look stylish.
If the Kabaddi element doesn’t have a life of its own, the sister-brother bonding is half-baked. Gopichand’s sister is played by Bhumika Chawla, whose husband Aravind (Rahman) is a sincere cop. By now, you would have figured out the whole trajectory of the story. Right?
Films like ‘Krack’, despite possessing formula elements, were creative in their staging and depictions of villainy. In ‘Seetimaarr’, the staging is primitive. You can see the screaming antagonists doing those regular things from miles away.
The love track is unfinished, while the family scenes are a comic relief. The action sequences should have been new-age.
‘Seetimarr’ makes for a tedious watch. The action scenes are replete with ultra-familiar cuts and tropes. The sport of Kabaddi gets a step-motherly treatment.