Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae: A Substandard Plot Driven by Politically Incorrect Comedy
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Another week has passed in Tamil cinema’s yearly calendar, giving way to another regressive horror-comedy film. Director Ike’s Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae is chaotic, misleading, regressive and sometimes even politically incorrect. It never manages to string along elements of comedy or horror strongly enough to do justice to its genre.
Vasu (Jeeva) is a street-smart realtor whose specialty lies in selling abandoned homes. He works hand in hand with Sooranam (Soori) whose deceptions hit the final nail on their deceptive real estate closings. Even though he could strike a meaty deal on any home around the block, Vasu has eyes for only one mighty mansion. In fact, he gets his apprentice to conceive haunting stories about the said mansion just to ensure his dream house is never auctioned off.
When an unmissable offer comes his way, he is able to gather enough funds to purchase the abandoned mansion. Soon after he moves in with his family, he realizes that their home is really being haunted by an outraged spirit with unfinished business. The length he goes to in order to restore the blackout haunted house to its original glory forms the rest of the story.
Minutes after Jeeva’s introduction sequence, he is seen mouthing regressive lines about women consuming alcohol. From there on till the end of the film, Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae serves up a bountiful of sexist, racist and misogynist jokes. This film further proves that comedy without ridicule is gradually becoming extinct in the Tamil film industry. Delivering comic relief without slapping in vulgar remarks on gender, race, color or appearance seems to be unheard of.
If you decide to move past the film’s political incorrectness, you will still be disappointed. Whatever the screenplay builds in the first thirty minutes, it discredits in the next thirty minutes. The director’s weak attempts to induce sentiment fail because the film never takes itself too seriously in order for you to care about the fate of its characters. Time and again the haunted mansion’s eeriness is established but most of the threats that follow this half-hearted establishment run empty. After a while, the scares get predictable and you grow numb to the repetitive and unoriginal chills.
If you notice closely, you will realize that most of the failing aspects of the film are a result of lazy writing. In the scene where we discover the back-story of the spirit, there is no substantial effort to organically insert the flashback. It is just tossed in abruptly by a character who is introduced to us only in the second half. Many such overused horror film antics are introduced with no freshness or thoughtfulness.
As Vasu, Jeeva succeeds in being wantedly obnoxious. He has done his part but the role lacks the potential to fetch him credible scope. As Swetha, Sri Divya barely emotes effectively. Her fleeting appearance is forgettable due to her unimaginative portrayal. Soori and Thambi Ramaiah deliver their usual brand of humor. They never really stray far from the ordinary.
It is safe to say that Sathyan Sooryan’s cinematography isn’t the worst aspect of the film. It has all the visual qualities to make for an adequate horror film. But it isn’t innovative enough to be considered extraordinary.
Music director Vishal Chandrasekar’s scores for the film are forgettable. But his mediocrity is understandable considering the uninventive material he was presented with in the first place.
Overall, Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae is a predictable and unimaginative film that tests your patience with its inappropriate comedy and repetitive scheme.