Valakku Enn 18/9
Often we don’t such movies hitting screens and its few quality filmmakers endeavouring with offbeat genres. Take a break from the usual paradigms and it’s time to experience a parallel cinema made with unparalleled attributes. Balaji Sakthivel has been one of the finest lollapaloozas far-famed for churning out avant-garde flicks and here comes the latest one to join his bandwagon. Produced by Tirupathi Brothers and released by UTV Motion Pictures, the film stars newcomers in lead roles while debutant Prasanna has scored music.
The film has an engrossing screenplay that keeps audiences intact from beginning till the end. Vazhakku En 18/9 comprises of two parallel stories that revolves around 4 characters.
The opening scene leaves you garbled to a certain extent as we find a girl with her private fight for life in hospital and enquiry begins with a young boy Velu (played by newcomer Sri). The inspector (Muthu Raman) begins his interrogation that takes us back to the arrival of Velu in Chennai and how he came across a girl Jyothi (Urmila).
Dinesh (Mithun), a devil-may-care rich guy is desperately running behind Aarthi (Manisha) and somehow manages to win her heart. But things turn out to be a bizarre when he captures a video clipping of Aarthi at a hotel resort. When Aarthi apparently deletes the clipping knowing his real nature, it leaves no option for Dinesh, but to seek revenge on her.
What unfolds next is a series of some unexpected shocks that converges both the parallel stories together as the two unrelated characters become a prey to fate.
Bringing out any scenes for instances will break the suspense and it’s better you go take a watch over the film. The newcomers casted their tremendous spell living into the skin of characterizations. Much more than the songs, it’s the scintillating background score that adds more intensity to the spellbinding screenplay.
On the whole, Vazhakku En 18/9 is a brilliant attempt, though in places it reminiscences of evergreen Japanese Classical thriller ‘Rashomon’ that carries the same storyline about a murder investigation from various characters’ point of view. However, it’s a movie
you need to take a ride for.
What works: Almost everything
What doesn’t work: Nothing in specific
Verdict: Welcome to the new line of cinema
Banner: UTV Motion Pictures, Tirupathi Brothers
Production: Ronnie Screwvala, Subash Chandra Bose
Direction: Balaji Sakthivel
Star-casts: Sri, Urmila, Midhun, Manisha, Muthu Raman and others
Review by Richard Mahesh