When you finish watching the first half of the movie Sathyam Mathrame Bodhippikku, you might get the feeling that the second half will have something interesting. But when it comes to the second half, the film acts like this is the first-ever movie to show police officers killing criminals in a fake encounter because the court may not punish them appropriately. Directed by Sagar, Sathyam Mathrame Bodhippikku is more like a wasted opportunity at building an intriguing thriller.
James, an IPS police officer under probation, is given the charge of investigating the murder case of a prominent criminal lawyer in the city. This is the first high-profile case he handled, and he is keen on solving it to prove his caliber. Luckily for James, he managed to find the witnesses of the incident. But just when James thought the case was about to get solved, he gets to know that he was being tricked. How James tackles this situation which could easily ruin his career, is what we see in Sathyam Mathrame Bodhippikku.
The amount of excessive slow motion and loud background score in the movie’s first half is tough to handle. You have Dhyan Sreenivasan’s character getting angry at people and frequently walking in slow motion with his cooling glass. And to be honest, you can predict the interval twist from a very early stage itself since the movie is going towards an early closure. The brilliant acting of Sudheesh gives you hope that the second half is going to be riveting. But again, there are pointless buildups, the idea of customized justice, and a climax that just goes on and on, explaining a twist that you understood half an hour ago.
Dhyan Sreenivasan is trying his best to portray the confusions and swagger of a new police officer. But he can’t really fix the flawed writing through his performance. There is a scene where he angrily looks at the characters played Rony David and Sudheesh. And for a second, I thought his neck got twisted. At the interval, I really thought this movie could well redefine the career of actor Sudheesh. But looking at the way the second half was crafted, I felt terrible for Sudheesh for delivering a terrific performance in such a mediocre film. Rony David Raj gets an interesting character. But the kind of exaggeration Sagar exerts on the character doesn’t have a sync with the reality of that character. Sreejith Ravi, Ambika, Johny Antony, etc., are the other prominent names.
Director Sagar wants to keep the audience guessing, and he also wishes to maintain a certain level of engagement. But the tools in his creative capacity to achieve this will give you a headache. He wants to give slow-motion walks to his hero, but he doesn’t know where to place it. The way he is trying to make the illogical master plan of a group of people as some kind of brilliant thinking will actually make you angry. The idea was to create a villain bigger than the hero. But after a point, there was no development to that idea. Even after revealing the entire master plan, the film just goes on explaining it with pointless slow-motion shots.
Sathyam Mathrame Bodhippikku is not an underdeveloped script. It’s an undeveloped script that was stuck on the idea of creating a villain smarter than the hero. When they reveal all the backstories and reasons at the end, you will definitely wonder about the necessity of all those ridiculous buildups in the first half. In fact, in the climax, Dhyan Sreenivasan’s character tells the “masterminds” that they could have saved a lot of time and money if they had directly told him.
Sathyam Mathrame Bodhippikku is not an underdeveloped script. It's an undeveloped script that was stuck on the idea of creating a villain smarter than the hero.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended