"Well-made thriller. Great work by the entire team," read a tweet on Thursday while another viewer wrote: "it is a riveting supernatural thriller."
Here are some of the tweets which poured in within minutes of the movie starting. Some were live tweeting from the theatre and others waited for the closing credits to run for a wholesome review:
#Saithan bgm is riveting and 1st half of the movie is osm.vj antonys luv story with different story continues......? SAITHAN 007 (@Vishnu_00oo7) December 1, 2016
#Saithan is a mass hero movie masquerading as a mystery. Pulpy premise, solid filmmaking.? Suganth (@msuganth) December 1, 2016
#Saithan starts on high note in the first half, predictable in the second half & ends up like usual Kollywood commercial movie.? Sathish Kumar M (@SathishMSK) December 1, 2016
#Saithan 1st half - engages partly with an intriguing interval.? ragulparasuram (@ragulparasuram) December 1, 2016
3.75/5 ? CHAPLIN (@its_ferose) December 1, 2016
Saithan, also written by Pradeep, features Vijay in dual roles. The thriller tracks the story of a man who hears preternatural voices and solves a murder mystery.
Earlier in November, in an interview with news Agency IANS, filmmaker Pradeep shared his experience of working with Vijay. Pradeep revealed that Vijay's performance in the role of a supernatural character was "stunning." This is what Pradeep had to say: "Every great story requires a great actor who can justify it. Being an actor doesn't mean merely photocopying the expressions and dialogues given in the script, rather a life has to be given to that role. In that case, I was really stunned by the performance of Vijay Antony sir in the demonic role," Pradeep said in a statement.
Vijay Antony, 41, is the star of films like India Pakistan, Pichaikkaran and Salim. Vijay, however, is better known as a music director, who has composed for movies like Mariyadhai, Ninaithale Inikkum, Sattapadi Kutram and Velayudham. Vijay Antony also has musical numbers like Ulaginil, Thappellam, Poochandi and Thumbakka to his credit.