A quick question – what’s the first reaction when a bullet hits your arm? If you’re a mortal then you’d have an immediate reflex reaction. You tend to place your hand on the wound and realize you’ve been shot. But if you answered ”pfft… no that feels like a needle prick” then congratulations! You have one of the rare qualities that is present only in a mass hero! The reason you need to do a check on the aforementioned qualities is because Kakki Sattai is all about glorifying the concept of a ‘mass’ hero. And the person who does all this well effortlessly is our hero, Sivakarthikeyan.
Directed by Durai Senthilkumar, the plot of the film revolves around the ruthless trade of organs – a theme we’ve already seen in films like Hostel andDhaam Dhoom. And the director launches his lead in this crime-drama. Playing the role of an honest officer, Sivakarthikeyan tries to tackle the mastermind, responsible for the horrendous trade.
In his role, Sivakarthikeyan comes striding down the hallway in front of his superiors, revealing an expression of anger on his face. Blame it on the story, but you almost know what he’s going to do next. And he does his act well. It’s as if the actor wants to be considered a household name, a mass hero. This can be quite implied from the scene in which the priest foresees his ‘enviable’ bright future. The dialogues are predictable and so is the melodrama.
It’s hard to believe that it is director Durai Senthilkumar, who gave us Sivakarthikeyan’s Ethir Neechal. A film that relied completely on simple yet relatable events that shun light on an important issue. The reason that film immediately clicked, was due to its realism. The movie portrayed Sivakarthikeyan as an underdog, who was bound to be an achiever. This very factor is what is missing in Kakki Sattai. But comparing this to a ‘mass’ masala entertainer that is made to get howls and whistles, is unfair. The movie is dominated completely by Sivakarthikeyan’s performance, and is of course, intended to be a film on hero-worship. The performance by Vijay Raaz as the villain is unconvincing. The otherwise good actor seems like he’s disinterested in the film. Although nothing exceptional, Anirudh‘s music gives the movie a sleek edge. Credits to cinematographer M. Sukumar for the visually pleasing shots. Although the use of colors is a tad bit jarring to the eye.
Why should you watch the film?
Watch this film if you’re in a mood to see a well-shot film, with an actor who projects (or, rather projected) himself as a larger-than-life hero. Playing the role of a mass hero is not the problem here, but projecting oneself with unbelievable scenarios in an already recycled script is a big drawback. Sivakarthikeyan looks dapper, his face looks bright, beaming with positivity and confidence. If only he paid attention to the script of the film, the same way he took care of his demeanour.