An Above Average Entertainer

Reviews 7-Jul-2011 3:34 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Certain rules to be followed before watching ‘Vengai’.

1. Make sure, you don’t become wizard questioning on logics.

2. Sit back and relax

3. Don’t get ridden by few sentimental quotients.

4. If you feel the narrative style and scenes resembling Hari’s previous movies, just don’t take them for consideration.

Well, it’s not a new mantra to enlighten the audiences for it’s been religiously practiced while watching his movies. Things get clear while Hari announces his project with first look posters as you can foresee the movie through imagination. Mass heroism, a love story that involves family members of both sides, a tough combat between goodie and baddie, sentiments poured down now and then.

Don’t presume ‘Vengai’ to be an exception as it carries these traits and it keeps you engaged in parts. Hari picks up a simple script and blends it to his style of narration.

Pandiapuram - A Southern rural land has the realms of Veerapandi (Raj Kiran) and influences Rajapandian (Prakash Raj) to become MLA. Earning his favor, he achieves his political destination, but is accumulated by desires of swindling money from public. Difference of opinions between the duo leads to a severe conflict as Rajapandian uses cloak and dagger method to bump off Selvam (Dhanush), son of Veerapandi. Unaware about it, Selvam is sent to Trichy for avoiding problems, but is forced to take up sickles settling down the scores.

Glimpse back on the points we’ve mentioned above for it helps you well to go through the analysis. It’s not an easy job to take up a thin storyline and make it engrossing for the audiences. The first few minutes into the film, where we see Dhanush attacking the baddies leaves a wrong impression giving ‘Sullan’ effect. However, his actions are controlled and Hari has taken scrutinizing efforts over shaping up his characterization. His emotions while approaching to situations looks perfect and might be, it’s a prolonged effect of ‘Aadukalam’. Thamannah – My Fair Lady looks beautiful, especially in the song ‘Kaalangathala’. It looks like the song was shot during the time of her commitment with Telugu movie ‘100% Love’ in which she looked gorgeous. Prakash Raj is nowhere far from his previous movie and Ganja Karuppu is completely annoying with his comedy tracks.

Devi Sri Prasad’s songs are good with the feet-tapping numbers ‘Kaalangathala’ and ‘Yenna Solla Pora’ are pictured comely. ‘Pudikale’ is a treat for frontbenchers. Vetri follows the instructions of Hari over placement of camera angles and editing goes the same way as well.

The techniques where the protagonist bounces back the villain with his smart routes is like revisiting Hari’s previous movies. The suspense revolving around Thamannah is a good idea, but Hari could have done it yet more in a gripping way. The scene where Dhanush visits Prakash Raj with garland of flowers and people clapping is a good stroke of enjoyment. His final conversation before action with father Raj Kiran about ‘Passport’ has a strong touch of Hari on dialogues.

On the flip side, there are some sluggish moments during second half. Well it may not click with not-so lovers of sentiments, but goes fine with family audiences.

Final Word – Producers can keep their fingers crossed for the film will gain them good collections and if award jury members plan to have introduce a new category ‘Best Director for making Producers Happy’, obviously, it’s gonna be Hari.

Watch ‘Vengai’ with your family and it’s the best entertainment for this day worth spending money on.

What works: Commercially engaging

What doesn’t work: Could have avoided clichés, some sentimental factors.

Verdict: An Above Average Entertainer.

Banner: Vijaya Productions

Production: B. Venkatarama Reddy

Story, Screenplay, Dialogues & Direction: Hari

Star-casts: Dhanush, Thamannah, Raj Kiran, Prakash Raj, Ganja Karuppu and others

Music: Devi Sri Prasad

Cinematography: Vetri

Editing: V.T. Vijayan

Review by Richard Mahesh

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