Miss it at your own risk

Reviews 29-Apr-2011 1:16 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Nearly a year after the release of ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’, Silambarasan arrives with ‘Vaanam’. Just like VTV proved to be a chalk and cheese from his previous movies as it had him in different shade, this one too proves to be a similar kind of show. Of course, we have him in a mass hero image, but that is only to a certain extent. You can sense it with a realistic climax. Director Krish shot to critical acclaim with Telugu film ‘Krish’ and his remake in Tamil proves to be a trendsetter in Tamil film industry as well.

The film revolves around characters in 5 parallel stories from 5 different cities. Cable Raja (Silambarasan), a Rock star (Bharath) and his girlfriend (Vega), a pathetic widow (Saranya) and her father in law, Rahim - a Muslim (Prakash Raj) remaining on the bad pages of police and his wife (Sonia Agarwal), Saroja – a sex worker on the run to Chennai with the dreams of starting her own brothel house. Filled with its own dreams, the characters travel to Chennai and come across each other for an unexpected climax.

A heartfelt welcome to director Krish… Though his inspiration rises from various international flicks like 21 Grams, Amores Perros, Babel and the most famous ‘Powder Blue’, it’s worth mentioning he has exploited his potentials to a greater magnitude. Despites having handful of star-casts, it’s Krish remaining under spotlights for his commendable screenplay.

Narrating a film with 5 parallel stories isn’t an easy task and it’s blatant that Krish has wriggled his brain to get the best one.
There are whole lots on conflicts involved in the each story and bringing them together for a bigger one in climax deserves appreciation.

It looks like ‘VTV’ has changed the mindset of Silambarasan and his preference towards some newfangled scripts makes him an outstanding actor now. With a running length of approximately 3 hours, Simbhu gets a portion of not more than 40minutes. It’s Prakash Raj, Bharath, Saranya who have lot of scope till penultimate sequence and Simbhu rises to the peak during the climax portion. Bharath goes for a laudable performance and in fact he exhibits more heroism throughout the film. Director Krish has very much inspired from Che Guava’s life as his debut directorial ‘Gamyam’ based on ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ had the concept of a rich guy understanding the reality of life during a journey. In all likelihood, the delineation of Bharath’s character is much the same. Prakash Raj exerts his best efforts and watch out for the climax sequence where he wins thundering applause from audiences.

Saranya and the actor playing her father-in-law’s role are splendid. Santhanam’s comedy tracks offer a refreshing break from the emotional ride of these characters. VTV Ganesh evokes laughter with his dialogue delivery. Jasmine fits to the role of a posh girl.

Technically it’s Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score that creates more depth to the screenplay. The song ‘Vaanam’ is repeated throughout the film. ‘Evandi Unna Pethan’ has been shot stylishly. ‘No Money, No Honey’ is a special treat for mass audiences.

On the flip side, the first half becomes lengthy with unwanted songs (including a song from recreated from Telugu version). Simbhu could have avoided poking on other actors like ‘Kuruvi’ Vijay, ‘Singam’ Suriya (Brahmanandam referring it to Anushka) and Dhanush won’t give money…

But when it comes to a complete analysis, ‘Vaanam’ can be regarded as one of the best movies of 2011 and a special film in the careers of Silambarasan and Bharath.

What Works: Screenplay, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Nirav Shah, Perfect casting of actors, Performances

What doesn’t work: Lengthy first half, an unwanted song from Telugu version.

Verdict: Miss it at your own risk

Banner: Cloud Nine Movies, VTV Productions, Magic Box Pictures

Production: Dayanidhi Azhagiri, Ganesh

Direction: Krish

Star-casts: Silambarasan, Bharath, Anushka, Prakash Raj, Sonia Agarwal, Santhanam, Ganesh, Jayaprakash, Saranya, Vega, Jasmine and others

Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Cinematographer: Nirav Shah

Editing: Anthony

Review by Richard Mahesh

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