Saithan movie review: Two disjointed plots, one big failure

Saithan movie review: Vijay Antony's horror film starts well but a half-baked script and lack of coherence does it in.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Krishna Vamsi | Hyderabad | Updated: December 2, 2016 12:36 pm
Saithan movie review: Vijay Antony-starrer is strange when a film which is touted as a psychological thriller tries to blame one as the definitive reason for the other.

Saithan movie cast: Vijay Antony, Arundathi Nair
Saithan movie director: Pradeep Krishnamoorthy

If a horror film has to work, it has to either rely on either science or paranormal to explain the supernatural happenings that the audience sees during its course. However, it is strange when a film which is touted as a psychological thriller tries to blame one as the definitive reason for the other. And that, probably, is the reason why Saithan (Bhethaludu in Telugu) fails to grip the audience.

Drawn from the pages of Tamil novel Aaah by Sujatha Rangarajan, Saithan’s narrative builds up momentum in the beginning but falters midway and ends up as a sketchy mess. The film starts with a hypnotherapist examining his patient, Dinesh (Vijay Antony), who reveals he hears voices and sees “stuff”. Get ready to be spooked by brilliant horror accentuated by the well-rendered background music. But soon, the first impact wears off and the horror factor goes down tremendously.

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The fact that the ‘voices’ that Dinesh encounters are shown in the done-to-death ‘Ring’ format of a scary ghost with its hands sticking out of TV is also a stretch. Though the format is cliched, Vijay puts up a good show as he is practically driven mad by the voices and hallucinations in the beginning.

There is a major plot twist at the interval, which explains the voices and adds another layer to the plot. So far so good as the suspense comes to an end and there is something new that we can chew in during the second half. But where the film fails is to give the narrative coherence and join the two plots together. The narrative goes haywire as the concept jumps from past life crisis to a corrupt doctor carrying out illegal drug trials on humans. Dinesh is reduced to nothing more than a lab rat who loses touch with reality.

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The director’s inability to mould the first half artfully so that post-interval the film seems like a natural progression is my one big grouse with the film. The shift in the narrative throws cold water on the entire film. Also, with the lack of any substantial supporting roles, the onus of driving the plot remains entirely on Vijay’s shoulders. Despite the actor’s efforts, the film falters and just refuses to move thanks to a feckless script.

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    D.+Prakash Thangadas
    Feb 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm
    This movie is a shameless ripoff of the English movie Lucy. I had huge respect for Vijay Antony but with this movie he lost it!!! He too has joined the copy cat gangs in Tamil movie industry!!!
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      anand
      Dec 3, 2016 at 6:40 am
      better than new release movie .
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        Jon
        Dec 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm
        Vijay antony is a good story selected .
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          ananthu
          Dec 3, 2016 at 7:36 am
          சைத்தான் - SAITHAN - Not much scary ...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;score card : 42
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            Prakash
            Dec 5, 2016 at 4:26 am
            Saithan Movie Dubbed By Lucy English Movie.Some Scene are Same
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              Sam
              Dec 3, 2016 at 7:00 am
              Payment not received, ha ha ha
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                sangu
                Dec 1, 2016 at 11:53 pm
                better than Remo
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                  sangu
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 11:54 pm
                  faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar faaaaaaaaaaaaaar better than alla these recent junks Reka, Thodari, Remo
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                    sangu
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 11:53 pm
                    faaaaaaaaaaaar better than Remo
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                      selva kumar
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 8:56 am
                      can you tell me which is best film according to you..kabali,remo,...
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                        selva kumar
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 8:53 am
                        first negative review.......
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                          Tmrighty
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                          Think the moron reviewed is against the movie for some reason. Agree the second half could have made better, but overall a neat package from saithan Team. BGM is just awesome. Worth to watch
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                            Ram
                            Dec 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm
                            Seriously something wrong with the reviewer spreading a wrong message . Overall the movie is above average and can be enjo once in big screen.
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