Synopsis: Santhosh ( Rohit) and his happy family are forced to shift their house after a prostitute takes residence there. A trio of cops shoots Santhosh mistaking him for a terrorist. Luckily, he survives but the cops want to save themselves by forcing Santhosh to admit that he is indeed a terrorist.
Movie Review: It’s always a pleasant surprise when a film manages to keep you engaged when you least expect it to work well. Which is why Nellai Santhippu ends up as a disappointment because the film begins well and gets you hooked, only to squander whatever goodwill it managed to create. Its plot is almost similar in tone to Mouna Guru — an innocent young man finds himself being hunted by dishonest cops — but it is the treatment that makes all the difference. The fault lies in the script; it is as if two different persons wrote the two parts of the film.
The first half is pretty decent, to an extent realistically portraying a happy family and the problem it faces because of a neighbour who is a prostitute. There is also a less than convincing parallel track involving a group of terrorists and a team of trigger-happy cops out to get them at all costs. You know the two tracks will meet at some point and eagerly anticipate to see how the director does that.
The fairly engaging script even helps gloss over the fact that the lead actors can’t emote. And the director comes up with a stunning interval block (Santhosh is shot by the cops) which keeps you on the edge of the seat wondering what will happen next. But the second half is a spectacular train wreck. Logic goes for a toss and Naveen comes up with scenes that are unintentionally comical. How else can one explain the fact that in this age of 24-hour news coverage, no major media network picks up the story of an encounter gone wrong? Worse, the cops come across as laughing stock, acting as if they can get away with anything even if they handle it clumsily.