Isai Movie Review – Professional Rivalry at its Best

Isai movie review rating

'Isai' is the comeback vehicle for an ace director like SJ Suryah who was almost out of Kollywood for over a decade now but he is back with a bang. His movie has almost all the elements to entertain the audience and keep them glued to it.

Release date: January 30, 2015 Genre: Musical Thriller
Cast: S. J. Surya, Sulagna Panigrahi (a) Savithri, SathyarajDirector: S. J. Surya
Music Director: S. J. SuryaLyrics : Madhan Karky
Editer: K. M. RiyasCinematography: Soundararajan
Producer: SS ProductionsDistribution Annai Mary Madha Creations
Running Time: 190 minutesCBFC Rating: U/A

Quick Glance

What's great?

  • • Sathyaraj's amazing villainy performance, body language and dialogue delivery

  • • SJ Suryah's performance in the latter part of the movie

  • • Visuals and cinematography

  • • Savitri, the debutant heroine for the glamour quotient

What's not?
  • • Exceptionally lengthy that runs at over three hours and ten minutes

  • • An unconventional climax that may win over the hearts or leave them questioning.

The plotline in the movie doesn't need an introduction because it has already been revealed in the trailer. It's about the clash between an aging music director and his assistant who shoots to fame in a matter of months.

The Cast

SJ Suryah in the lead cast continues to stick to his dialog delivery and style that made him popular in the first place. His performance evicts laughter at times and when he's confused, you can feel his emotions first hand. Being a seasoned actor, Sathyaraj in his best villainous role steals the scenes throughout the movie and keeps it interesting. Other notable performance is by Kanja Karuppu who lends some great comical moments whereas the lead Savitri is purely for the glamour part as well as some songs.

The Team

Technically, Isai is a good movie and music by first time composer SJ Suryah. The camera work and overall visuals are good enough. The storyline is the strong point in the movie and it is something different from the usual entertainers. SJ Suryah has done a good job as a director but he may have to trim to work a bit and come up with a more convincing climax. However, Isai is refreshing and engaging to watch.

Bottom line – An unpredictable plot coupled with some impressive twists and comical scenes combined with Sathyaraj's stellar performance makes it a worthy visit to the theaters!

Certified Fresh – Yes!