Every time a Vijay Sethupathi film comes out, one doesn’t know what to expect from him because he keeps experimenting. However, this film directed by Ponram seemed to scream action, cops, villains, romance, small town – all the ingredients for a successful mass film. Given that Vijay Sethupathi is an actor who is adored by the masses and has done cop roles wherever he is loved, this film seemed to be on the right track before its release.
DSP is set in Dindugal, where Vaskodagaman (Vijay Sethupathi), son of a successful flower shop owner, gets into a serious fight with Muttai Ravi, a local mobster. Note that the villain is called Muttai, which means egg in English, because his family supplies eggs to the entire area and its borders. What happens when there are two locking horns? Vaskodagama is banished from his home town and cannot even attend his sister’s wedding because his family fears he will be killed. To get his revenge, Vaskodagama joins the police force and returns as a DSP to catch Muttai Ravi.
The plot of this movie is not new and the treatment is poor quality. For most of the first half, Vijay Sethupathi is behind Annapoorni (Anukeerthy Vyas) who suddenly becomes DSP. A very far-fetched plot indeed. Vijay Sethupathi does all his roles very coolly but in this movie Vaskodagama mocks the police force and his police team is like a bunch of clowns. The director’s attempt to introduce comedy through them is not laughable, but quite disgusting. And some of the dialogues in the movie are also very amateurish.
Anukeerthy Vyas looks out of place as a village belle in this film. His acting chops aren’t great and he doesn’t have much of a role except for a few scenes and some songs. The pairing between her and Vijay Sethupathi is few.
Vemal comes in a cameo role and makes a good impact on the screen. There are a lot of minor characters – as with most Ponram films – but they don’t really add any value to the film. Prabhakar does a decent job as Muttai Ravi. D Imman’s songs are average but background music is better.
Overall, this movie is a complete miss. Vijay Sethupathi is an extremely talented actor but he needs to make more cautious choices when it comes to his films. Its fans will enjoy DSP more than those who love good cinema.