Directed by Vijay Chander of ‘Vaalu’ and ‘Sketch’ fame, ‘Sangathamizhan’ is a regular commercial fare which we have been watching from ‘Enga Veetu Pillai’ days. Interestingly, Vijaya Productions, which bankrolled ‘Enga Veetu Pillai’, is the producer of ‘Sangathamizhan’ too.
Murugan (Vijay Sethupathi) is a carefree youth who lives in Chennai and aspires to become an actor. He spends most of his time with his friend (Soori).
He falls for the daughter (Raashi Khanna) of a rich industrialist Sanjay (Ravi Kishan) and she too reciprocates to his love. As Sanjay comes to know about his daughter’s affair, he wants to bump off Murugan.
But, he gets the shock of his life when he meets Murugan, for Murugan looks exactly like Sangathamizhan (Vijay Sethupathi again), a mass leader in a village.
Thamizhan leads the protest of villagers against a copper plant to be set up by Sanjay. Now, Sanjay finishes off Thamizhan, strikes a deal with Murugan and asks him to go to village and act as Thamizhan.
Murugan too goes to the village and starts acting as Thamizhan to help Sanjay build the copper plant. But, justice starts prevailing slowly.
Vijay Sethupathi saves the film from falling flat with his performance. But he too looks laid-back in some scenes. Nivetha Pethuraj and Raashi Khanna have been wasted in a cliched script.
Ravi Kishan and Ashutosh Rana, who are expected to leave an impact, fizzle out as mere caricatures, while Soori is a saving grace.
Cinematography by Velraj adds grandeur to the proceedings, while music by Vivek-Mervin is okay. Editing is a letdown, as there are too many needless scenes throughout the movie.
However, despite all these factors, there are entertaining moments in ‘Sangathamizhan’ to keep Vijay Sethupathi’s fans engaged. If you like to see Vijay Sethupathi doing a Vijay and Ajith of early 2000s, a theatre screening ‘Sangathamizhan’ is your destination.