: A furious youngster takes on a politician, a police officer and a criminal owing to the injustice meted out to his kith and kin
: A revenge story or the rise of an underdog is what one often expects from a Vishal-starrer, and Kaththi Sandai, is no different. But, with a director like Suraj at the helm, the plot takes its own time to establish the purpose of the protagonist, thanks to the parallel comedy and romantic tracks.
Tamizh Selvan (Jagapati Babu), Deputy Commissioner of Police, nabs a criminal (Tarun Arora) while the latter was carrying a huge sum of black money in a vehicle. While Selvan has been winning appreciation for his brave act, enter Arjun (Vishal) who falls for Selvan’s sister (Tamannaah), a psychology student. Arjun tries to win her heart with the help of a self-proclaimed goon (Soori). He succeeds in wooing her without much effort, and her brother, Selvan, too, becomes in awe of him, after Arjun saves his life.
The brother and sister then get the shock of their life when Arjun reveals his real identity. As a man on a mission, with lot of scores to be settled with a politician (Jayaprakash) and other people who made his life miserable in the past, he goes on a revenge mode to avenge them. In between, he gets to tackle people like psychiatrist Boothri (Vadivelu) and his team, who has been roped in by Tamizh Selvan to crack the details surrounding Arjun's mysterious identity.
Vishal, in a role which is tailor-made for him, shines in action sequences, something which has always been a cakewalk for him. Tamannaah, however, doesn't have much to do except for appearing in songs in glamorous costumes, with her role sadly falling under the series of 'too naive and non-brainy' heroines which Kollywood have been witnessing of late. Unfortunately, the film which was relying big time on Vadivelu's comeback, couldn't do proper justice to the veteran comedian, as many of his antics felt flat. Soori, on the other hand, was lucky that a few of his 'numbers', comparatively, hit the target. Jagapati Babu delivered what was expected of him, though his character had a lot more scope. Tarun Arora was just okay.
Barring a back-to-back twist before the interval, the movie was almost predictable and was a mishmash of several old films. With a not-so-proper characterisations for the ones who played prominent roles and a done-to-death plot, the film, overall doesn't engage.