A caricature of the famous Hindi movie Delhi Belly, Settai is an out an out comedy film that has enough titillation and humour to entertain the audience.
Watching the film made me wonder if I was watching a refined version of Delhi Belly since this southern film is a remake, though a much more sophisticated one. Most would like the fact that this remake is much more clean and acceptable for the Indian middleclass audiences unlike the original version that was clearly rustic in every sense of the word.
The director R. Kannan has made this movie to suite the Indian families but has he really done that? Well, I was confused regarding the concept wherein most Indian directors want to play safe but do not hesitate in bringing some amount of titillation, and this is exactly the case with Settai that has been branded safe to be viewed by all kinds of age groups but still has enough scope to be given a PG rating. For instance, there is one particular scene that shows some amount of hint towards sex that is seriously not a suitable content to be viewed by all. Then, why this hue and cry about making cleaner versions of originals? I don’t understand this logic but I do have to say that Settai definitely would score on a few things like the star cast that includes Arya, Prem Amaren and Santhanam, with all of them doing a good job. However, this is not the cast of Delhi Belly that you will get to see, and this is one reason that the film may not strike a chord with some viewers.
Though, the film was made to suit a certain class of viewers, it has failed miserably in its attempt. It is lusterless and lacks any kind of humour. With some old charms removed from the movie, viewers hardly get to feel the same spark that was inherent in Delhi Belly.
The plot is similar and we have our three friends getting embroiled in a controversy when a pack containing diamonds gets exchanged with a stool sample and this fiasco results in them getting chased by hoodlums. But, here too there isn’t anything that has been presented with a fresh outlook. There is absolutely nothing so funny about the whole run and chase scenes. The music is good and hummable.
As for the lead heroines, we have Hansika and Anjali playing their respective roles with élan, though, there is nothing new that we will get to see here. With a dwindling and boring script, Settai is a dull movie and can be chucked in case you have other movies lined up for release.