Direction : Ezhil
Produced by : G. N. Anbu Chezhiyan
Starring : Vikram Prabhu, Sri Divya, John Vijay
Music : D. Imman
Cinematography : Sooraj Nallusami
Editing : Kishore Te.
Commencing his second innings with laudable comedy capers like Manam Kothi Paravai and Desingu Raja, director Ezhil comes up with his next flick titled Vellaikaara Durai starring Vikram Prabhu, Soori and Sri Divya in lead roles.
Set in backdrops of a village, Soori has borrowed Rs.15lacs from a money lender John Vijay for a high interest rate. He decides to start a real estate business and Vikram Prabhu comes to aid and they manage to bring a deal. Only then, the duo realises that the ground they have bough is a graveyard. Unable to pay back the debt, John Vijay screws locking them up as slaves at his home and Vikram Prabhu meets Sri Divya, whom he assumes as John Vijay’s sister. But sooner, an engagement is planned up between John Vijay and Divya and the same night the latter elopes. As Vikram Prabhu follows her, he is mistaken by John Vijay that both of them have planned up something big. What follows next is a bunch of Tom and Jerry game that comes with a package of hilarious moments and twists.
Director Ezhil has rigidly made this film with the attempt to tickle our funny bones and excels to good extent. He has sketched the characterisation of Soori much equal to the lead role played by Vikram Prabhu. Although, most of the scenes look outdated and stereotypical, the essence of humour and twists that come through the way of narration keeps us engaged. Four songs by D Imman offer substantiality to the script.
Having delivered some action packed roles, Vikram Prabhu tries his hand on experiment with humour and surpasses. Some of his sequences with Soori are very well executed that evokes huge laughter. Soori appears throughout the film and he is almost a lead actor. Sri Divya gets a substantive role that is mixed with emotions and humour. She has pitched well with some promising shots. John Vijay as hilarious baddie showcases multi-dimensional performance make you laugh and terrorises as well. Others in the cast – Singamuthu, Bhava Lakshmanan, Manobala, Singam Puli and Naan Kadavul Rajendran extend their feat for more humour.
1. Comedy and twists
2. The background and songs by D Imman
What doesn’t work?
1. Outdated and predictable screenplay
2. Illogical abundance
3. Overload of characterisations unnecessary for the script
On the whole, Vellaikaara Durai doesn’t care about logic, but offers good dose of humour for couple of hours.
Verdict : Laughter-Lord
Rating : 4/10
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