Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Reviews

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Reviews

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Reviews: There is no one but just Parthiban that you see in Oththa Seruppu Size 7. You ‘hear’ the rest of the characters (cops, wife, psychologist) speak, of course. Parthiban plays Masilamani and it’s fantastic how he is able to hold the audiences’ attention for 105 minutes. Besides acting, Parthiban has also directed, produced and written the film.

The success of Oththa Seruppu Size 7 depends on how you comprehend the hidden layers of this murder mystery. The film starts with cops interrogating Masilamani, caught in a desperate situation. Initially, you don’t know who is this man and why he is at the police station. But you know his son has a rare disease and is waiting to see his father outside. Till the end, Parthiban withholds Masilamani’s real persona from us and that’s intriguing. Questions like—What does this guy really want? What will happen if he doesn’t get it now?—keep running in your mind in a parallel manner.

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Trailer

The trailer of Oththa Seruppu released on 27th May. The film unfolds in a single room, as a suspect Masilamani (played by Parthiban) is being interrogated, with a camera and a walkie talkie facing him. The film’s detailed sound design (audiography by Resul Pookuty) dominates the score, as we get to notice even the minute sounds produced by an eye’s blink and the flickering lights.  The camera is positioned at the most unusual angles.

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Reviews

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Reviews

We get to experience only the voices of supporting characters, as the frame is occupied by Parthiban, who showcases his range as a performer in many scenes of the trailer. The trailer is cut with a combination of faster jump cuts and leisurely paced transitions and segue. The film has a combination of supernatural and procedural film elements. Oththa Seruppu’s trailer shows many glimpses of unconventional filmmaking.

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Story

A murder has been committed by strangling with a shredded glass-coated kite rope and the cops have hauled in a middle-aged suspect Masilamani (Parthiban) who has a terminally ill pre-teen son who is also in police custody. The film begins with the start of the interrogation by a Deputy Commissioner and an Inspector. They and the audience slowly get to know a multi minded sometimes comical, sometimes tragic, retarded one minute and brilliant the other character who may or may not be what he is saying and how he is projecting himself. The rest of the screenplay is the answer to whether he committed this and other murders or not and what happens to the child told in one of the most unique styles ever in South Indian cinema.
Parthiban is the only actor on show here while the others are just voices and one recognizable is that of Gayathrie who has played Masilamani’s wife Usha and credit to her that the character gets well registered as an economically backward lower-middle-class woman. The next is the DC who comes as an honest cop which helps the hero and the screenplay to achieve what they want. Coming to Parthiban his body language and his experience comes to his aid to bring to life the character of Masilamani to perfection and the masterstroke here is that he has played him as an unreliable man that adds to the intrigue. Parthiban scores in the last fifteen minutes when the control shifts from the cops to him and there is also one emotional scene in which he reminiscences a deep betrayal.

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Reviews

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Reviews

What works best in ‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’ apart from the one man show is the mystery surrounding the murders and why the hero keeps confessing to more and more crimes that have a satisfying answer in the end. Parthiban the writer has threaded his script with a lot of detailing in the dialogues and the props that stamp his authority in those areas like for example the significance of the size seven slipper that forms the crux of the entire story. The core theme of an ordinary man exploiting the loopholes in the legal system exactly in the way the powerful do and get away with it is largely gratifying as well.
On the downside, Parthiban’s acting becomes monotonous after a point leaving one to wish that some other actor like a Kamal or a Vijay Sethupathi could have had a better connect with the audience and also elevated the film to a higher level. One can take the example of Oscar Winner Mel Gibson who played the lead role in ‘Brave Heart’ but when he had to do a ‘Passion of Christ’ or ‘Apocalypto’ stayed behind the camera and still ensured that his signature is on them. Even Parthiban himself made ‘Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam’ his best film on par with ‘Puthiya Paathai’ that did not have him in the cast. Another grouse is that Masilamani’s wife’s character is unnecessarily showed in a bad light when it does not alter the final outcome of the story. These type of films thrive better if there are many clap worthy moments which are much lesser than desirable here.
The second hero of ‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’ is the sound designer who has made the presence of the other characters felt without showing them onscreen. Cinematography by Ramji and the background score of Sathya C are major assets. Kudos to the writer-producer and director Parthiban for once more attempting the unusual and as always doing his bit to elevate Tamil cinema to the next level.

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 2019 Movie Cast & Crew

Writer: Parthiban

Star: Parthiban

Production: Bioscope Film Framers

Cast: Radhakrishnan Parthiban

Direction: Radhakrishnan Parthiban

Screenplay: Radhakrishnan Parthiban

Story: Radhakrishnan Parthiban

Music: Santhosh Narayanan

Oththa Seruppu is a unique and engrossing film that is crafted with cinematic experiments. A must watch for Parthiban’s passionate filmmaking!

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