Aug 08 2017

Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae

Published by at 10:32 pm under Review,Tamil Cinema


When I wrote about Maragadha Naanayam, I said that most horror comedies in Tamil cinema followed a standard template with stock elements like a haunted mansion, ghostly apparitions making sudden appearances and a group of comedians evoking laughs by being frightened by the scary images. I might have as well been talking about Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae since those elements are exactly what the film has in store for us.

The film opens with an NRI couple(Jai has a cameo here as the husband) being scared by the happenings in a palatial mansion they just bought(the background to this episode is a nice twist). Vasu(Jiiva), a house broker with a dream of owning his own home, is the new owner of the house but he discovers that another family has already taken up residence in the house and refuses to move out.

With these steps, the films quickly sets things in place for the horror-comedy genre. While the prologue sets up the haunted mansion for horror, the comedy aspect is more than clear from the cast. Vasu’s friend Sooranam is played by Soori while Jambulingam and his wife, the couple in the family claiming ownership of the house, are played by horror-comedy regulars Thambi Ramiah and Devadarshini  (the only surprise is that the wife is not played by the other genre regular Kovai Sarala but she does make an appearance later as an exorcist).

SBKT feels like a comedy most of the time. The episode where Vasu sells a house by giving it a religious touch is a bit satirical(it also sets up his romance with Shwetha(Sridivya), which then continues when she turns out to be Jambulingam’s daughter) and later, there is a running joke with Jambulingam using doing the laundry as a code for sex(the ploy was used in the American sitcom Friends before).

But as is common in the genre, most of the laughs rely on Jambulingam and Sooranam getting scared. For these, there are a couple of real ghostly happenings but most of the scares(like a ghostly figure in the garden or somebody getting grabbed and pulled away into the darkness) turn out to have simple, human-based explanations. These are sometimes meant to be a surprise and sometimes planned as Vasu and Sooranam play some pranks to scare Jambulingam and drive him out of the house. But these mini scares get tiring after a few few times since the story makes no progress.

The obligatory flashback explains the history of the haunted house(yesteryear actress Kausalya has a cameo here). The flashback by itself doesn’t do anything new but its nice the way the core idea in it(a man being betrayed by members of his family) is then used in the present to give the story some direction(bringing people together). This direction is set up in a rather clumsy manner(the way Vasu’s mother(Radhika) walks out with no attempts by him to persuade her to stay, is one example) and slapstick comedy takes the upper hand during these portions but it is finally nice to see some goal instead of more random scenes of characters getting scared.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae”

  1. Prasad says:

    “yesteryear actress Kausalya”… man am feeling older..!!

  2. Prakash Rao says:

    “yesteryear actress Kausalya” … gulp.

  3. Balaji says:

    lol, both of you zeroed in on the same phrase! I guess “yesteryear” is too harsh for Kausalya. Maybe prev gen actress?

  4. Prakash Rao says:

    Haha, too funny that Prasad and I had exactly the same reaction to the same line :)

    When I saw Nerukku Ner, I thought Kausalya could become a star and Simran would show up in 2-3 movies and disappear. Glad I didn’t put any money on that! :)

    This movie itself seems to be a safe pass. Jiiva continues to disappoint …

  5. Jordan says:

    I didn’t like this movie. Most jokes were not that funny (what the movie sold itself for) and the actors became annoying after a point. Poor Sridivya looks jaded.