Direction : Siva
Production : Shri Sai Raam Creations
Starring : Ajith, Shruthi Hassan, Lakshmi menon, Rakul Dev
Music : Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : Vetri
Editing : Ruben
With just a teaser to knock up the sensational expectations, the much anticipated ‘Vedalam’ is hitting screens today worldwide for the festive occasion of Diwali. The film stars Ajith Kumar, Shruthi Haasan and Lakshmi Menon in lead roles with an ensemble star-cast of Soori, Bala Saravanan, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan, Thambi Ramaiah, Kovai Sarala and many others perform important characters.
The film is set in the backdrops of Kolkata, where Ganesh (Ajith Kumar) along with his sister (Lakshmi Menon) have their lives settled. Ganesh leads a peaceful life being a breadwinner with his job as cab driver. When he helps Kolkata police department to trap a bunch of much dreaded roughnecks, he in turn is abducted and hit severely. But to everyone’s surprise, Ganesh turns villainous killing everyone out there as though he is possessed with a dark past and what is the real identity of Ganesh is something narrated through rest of the story.
The film’s outline of plot faintly resembles Superstar Rajnikanth’s Baasha, but with more energy and enthusiasm, director Siruthai Siva has crafted the screenplay with entertaining elements. Few minutes in the first half slightly lack momentum, but with the ultimate twist coming through the way in next 25 minutes, the pace is elevated more towards the intermission followed by some gripping scenes in the second half. The director has managed to offer a complete perfection to the screenplay towards the climax. However, the scenes involving Shruthi Haasan and Soori could have been done with some entertainment quotients. The background score by Anirudh happens to be the major plus in the film and cinematography for action sequences are worthy of appreciations. The stunt choreography by Stun Silva becomes one of the major pillars in this film.
Ajith Kumar has showcased such a huge differentiation as a polite Ganesh and deadly Vedalam. He reinvents his own potentials as in Villain, Varalaaru and Mankatha, where his characterisation is blended with grey shades. The hilarious encounters of Soori isn’t really enjoyable though and Shruthi Haasan’s characterisation is completely restricted to songs and just few more scenes. Rahul Dev performs a meaty role and so is Kabir, who plays the baddie. Ashwin doesn’t get much to score, but does what is required in the script. Thambi Ramaiah is excellent and Lakshmi Menon scores more brownie points, especially in the second half.
1. Double impact by Ajith Kumar as mass and class acting.
2. The emotional sequences
3. Cinematography and background score
What doesn’t work?
1. The story is predictable in parts
2. The comedy scenes featuring Soori and Shruthi Haasan could have been better.
As on whole, Vedalam is a complete mass entertainer that has many reasons to be celebrated as paisa Vasool film that engages fans in ultimate celebration and for family audiences, it has the right dose of humour, action and emotions.
Verdict: Power-packed action entertainer with sentimental backdrops
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