If there is one thing more painful than watching a bad movie, it is watching a movie that intends to takeitself seriously for no reason. Sillunnu Oru Sandhippu is one such movie that is determined to suffocateyou with its sermons, mostly irrelevant to your lives. A love story of sorts, the movie is replete withpseudo-philosophical thoughts supposedly about true love mouthed by every single character present init.
Debut director Ravi Lallin is also set out to send a message with his movie. What you think is love atthe age of 17, when you are still in school, is not really love. It is just an attraction towards the opposite(same is not in question here) sex. We see exactly what is going on in your mind right now; like really?That tiny shred of philosophy is what Sillunnu Oru Sandhippu is based upon in its entirety.
Vemal looks young and all that – with a spelling change in his name we presume to appease thenumerological gods of the universe – but a school going kid? We blame Suriya and Gautham Menon fordaring our present day actors and directors to desire casting heroes as school kids. They started it withVaaranam Aayiram, didn’t they? So it is too much ask to consider Vemal to be still in his school.
Dipal is shrilly and albeit pretty, owing to the poor writing her character never raises above the one-dimensional qualities it seems to reveal. Oviya’s characterization is sketchy at best too. Worst, she isalso in a blink and you miss role. Manobala’s comedy does not do much to propel the movie’s pace andoften hinders its progress.
May be because of its preachy nature, the movie gets immensely tedious to watch and ends up beingunintentionally funny even in serious scenes. Since we do not relate with the characters they do notcreate any remote impact on the viewer. In the end, it all gets farcical and you end up blaming yourselffor placing your faith on the team.
Verdict: Leaves you cold!