Sulthan Movie Review: Bad villains and forced messaging stifle a great premise

“At the foundation of this film is the almost mythical relationship between Sulthan and his uncles, with there being half-hearted attempts to show these men of violence some empathetic understanding. The same film that argues for their humanity, also keeps undercutting it by showing them as creatures driven by bloodlust. In one scene, they are all sleeping, but the mere whiff of a blood drop is enough to get them all aroused. Sulthan is also often shown whipping about his beloved uncles, like they were cattle to be shepherded.”

Dev: A middling romance fraught with problems

“I never truly understood what Meghna brings to her relationship with Dev, save for a supposed air of arrogance which turns bizarrely into unbearable clinginess. I think even she doesn’t get it, for, she keeps asking Dev why he’s into her.”

Theeran Adhigaram Ondru: An overlong but solid cop film, despite flaws

“His wife’s in danger, some people have been killed, and he’s on the way. Another masala film director would announce the arrival with loud background music, and bring you the hero in slo-mo. But Vinoth isn’t done teasing. He gives you the heroic arrival, yes, but not of Theeran. He brings somebody else to equally rousing reception: an adult German Shepherd.”