Directed by: Jai Krishna
Produced by: Nemichand Jhabak
Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Kreshna, Sunaina
Music: S. Thaman
Cinematography: Bala Bharani
Edited by: Suresh Urs
Tales of friendship, family and relationships are indeed the heart and soul of Tamil cinema and over the years, in spite of new genres emerging up, they still own its realms. Vanmam belongs ot this league, directed by Kamal Haasan's former assistant Jai Krishna. Vijay Sethupathi and Kreshna share the screen space as friends and the film has musical score by Thaman S.
Set in backdrops of Kanyakumari, we find Radha (Vijay Sethupathi) and Chelladurai (Kreshna) as close buddies from their childhood. They value their friendship much more than their own families. Chelladurai and Vadhana (Sunaina) are madly in love with each other. When her elder brother (Madhu Sudhan Rao) warns Chelladurai to keep away from his sister, things turn worst on fists. When Radha tries to save his friend from being killed, scenario gets terribly bad when Madhu accidentally slits his own throat. What unfolds next is a series of complicated situations that would test how loyal and honest is the friendship between Radha and Chella.
No matter what a tale is all about, the success goes with its proficiency in keeping the audiences engaged throughout the show. Jai Krishna despites gaining a good opportunity of star-cast like Vijay Sethupathi and Kreshna, doesn’t make it happen. The first half is too feeble and by the point of intermission, we are pretty sure of its forthcoming proceeding. Although, the bonding and misunderstanding between friends is shown well, the second half doesn’t carry such substantiality. It’s all about unwanted violence that turns you upset in many places. Cinematography by Balabharani is convincing as he captures the best colours of Kanyakumari and Thaman doesn’t come up with a commendable job.
Vijay Sethupathi enrolls his role with substantiality and in spite of the story not being completely engrossing, his appearance, body language and dialogue deliveries are laudable. The basic problem with many directors including Jai Krishna is that they are not making use of Vijay Sethupathi in right manner. He is someone who can upgrade your script that carries emotional essence, either humour and serious, but his performance goes in vain here. Kreshna is just okay and he has to really get concerned about picking up some good scripts. Sunaina appears as a doll with lots of makeovers, cuddling with Kreshna, but has nothing else to do here. Bose Venkat is good. Madhu Sudhan Rao disappears with culmination halfway the story and Sriranji is just okay.
1. Vijay Sethupathi
What doesn’t work?
1. Weak plot
2. Non-engaging screenplay
3. Technical aspects
4. No proper bridging between each scene.
5. Lacks emotions though said to be an emotional tale
On the whole, Vanmam as the title suggests, the film is all about violence and bloodshed. It’s a namesake friendship tale, but doesn’t encompass it anywhere in the film.
Verdict: 160 minutes of bloodshed and boredom
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