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Movie Review: Sullan (2004) Back to Movie
Rate movie A movie review by Balaji Balasubramaniam
Fans Rating: 58%%58%% 58% (16 votes)
Movie Still Looking back on his career sometime in the future, Dhanush could easily pinpoint Sullaan as the movie where he became too big for his own shoes. The young hero, who has been playing the naieve but likeable young man in his movies so far, attempts a larger-than-life role here, complete with all the accessories that have accompanied previous attempts like this. Dhanush proves to be completely incapable of carrying off the role resulting in the attempt failing disastrously.

Subramani(Dhanush), known as Sullaan among his friends, is the son of a Corporation cleaner(Manivannan). A first year college student, his only objective in life is to have fun with his friends. He has a few unexceptional run-ins with Soori(Pasupathy), a money-lender who charges atrocious rates and then goes after those who fail to pay him back. But when Soori's actions touch his own family and friends, Sullaan is forced to strike back.

Almost every hero worth his salt has attempted a larger-than-life role once he has a few hits in his kitty (though Simbu has been doing it from his first movie itself). But few others have looked so ridiculous doing it. With his stick frame, Dhanush looks plain ridiculous as he fights off hordes of goondas and henchmen. But not all blame lies with Dhanush and the director and the stuntmaster share equal guilt for taking things too far also. Most sequences, like the scene in the college where Dhanush hops after his seniors on one leg before flying in the air and landing before them, are outrageous. With such over-the-top situations and graphics-filled stunts, the fight sequences in Sullaan look like they belong in a cartoon!

Ramana's last film Tirumalai was at heart a romance but was skilfully packaged in a way that suited Vijay's image. Sullaan is primarily an action flick but that alone cannot be an excuse for the silly romance. Dhanush's initial playfulness lays a good foundation for Sindhu falling for him. But his actions later, presumably intended to convey intensity, come off looking psychotic. His behavior in the chemistry lab for instance, when another classmate wants to give a love letter to Sindhu, would make any girl run far far away from him!

While the main leads are cinematic and unbelievable, the director has succeeded in surrounding them with believable supporting characters. The sequences in Dhanush's house are enjoyable inspite of the cliched pair of chiding father and supportive mother. His sister too is a nice addition, with her strong principles coming through in a couple of sequences. The villain is over-the-top but has no other option considering how over-the-top the hero is!

Dhanush dances and fights with enthusiasm but has an irritating habit of shouting out his dialogs, especially during the lead-ins to the fight sequences. Sindhu Dhulani appears to be another addition to the long list of non-Tamil heroines who dare to bare and disappear after one movie. There is no variety in Pasupathy's performance from one movie to the next and he is in real danger of overexposure. Manivannan earns our sympathy while Eeswari Rao is impressive in the couple of sequences she gets to emote in. The soundtrack is a disappointment considering Vidyasagar's recent record. The melodious Kavithai Iravu... is the only standout while the Rain Rain interludes in Kalakalappaana... make the song sound a little catchy.

Rate movie A movie review by Balaji Balasubramaniam