Editor: R. Govindaraj
Release Date: 20th December 2018
Seethakaathi Core Synopsis:
Seethakaathi discusses an ageing Superstar’s ‘undying’ love for the art — theatre. I would call it an experimental venture because Tamil cinema is largely about the hero, and this film is anything but that. Ayya Aadhimoolam (Vijay Sethupathi) is portrayed as someone whose stature is bigger than his stardom. Even at the ripe age, he enjoys performing on the stage and such is his passion. He strongly believes in the immediacy of audience reaction in theatre and refuses to act in cinema. When someone asks why, he says, “Paraatto, thitto stage-la udane kidaichududhu illa.”
Seethakaathi Core Analysis:
Director Balaji Tharaneetharan takes his own time to establish who is Ayya Aadhimoolam. Initially, in the fleeting shots, you could see Vijay Sethupathi perform a variety of stage plays including Lava Kusa, Kovalan Kaadhali and Sathyavan Savithri.
Ayya Aadhimoolam is someone who travels by auto. Someone who loves children, in particular, his grandchild. Someone who cares for his theatre troupe and mentors budding talent. Someone who views art as a personal journey – that is more about self-exploration. Someone who is unperturbed by the dwindling audience. Someone who thinks theatre should not have to struggle in a country with a rich legacy in the performing arts.