Direction : Vasantha Mani
Production : Trident arts
Starring : M. Sasikumar, Miya George, Thambi Ramaiah, Nikila Vimal, Prabhu
Music : D. Imman
Cinematography : S. R. Kathir
Editing : A.L.RAMESH
From debut filmmaker Vasantha Mani, here comes Vetrivel, an entertainer set in backdrops of Southern village starring Sasikumar, Mia George and Prabhu in lead roles with D Imman composing music.
Set in the backdrops of village in Tanjore, we find Sasikumar as a responsible yet non-educated son of a well reputed teacher (Ilavarasu). His younger brother (Anand Nag) has already fell in love with his classmate, daughter of village president (Prabhu) and assures her that he could bring their relationship before parents only after the marriage of his elder brother. Sasikumar meanwhile falls in love with a staff working at Government Agricultural College (Mia George), a Malayali. Just as they are about to profess their love for each other, things out to be a bizarre when Sasikumar kidnaps a girl with wrong identity instead of Prabhu’s daughter….
Just as you’re about to point out, “Hey! Doesn’t this look like a replica of Nadodigal”, Sasikumar himself offers you a surprise by bringing the friends of Nadodigal along with director Samuthirakani, for a serious kidnap mission, but in a spoof mode, where you have pretty good irking Thambi Ramaiah as well. In many places, we tend to notice the traces of Sasikumar’s erstwhile movies like Nadodigal and Sundara Pandian, but somehow you’re not tested with patience, anywhere, which becomes a passable scenario of this film with 142mins of running length.
The film resembles the traces of Sundara Pandian and Nadodigal in many places, but again the screenplay makes it less noticeable. Director Vasantha Mani proves his proficiency through good sketch of characterizations. Every character even the miniscule one involving the cameo appearance of Samuthirakani and Nadodigal star-cast is very well done.
Musical score by D Imman is groovy in places and even the songs don’t look like hampering the screenplay. Cinematography by Kathir is one of the greatest plus.
Sasikumar carries a specific persona, where his screen presence and witty lines are more than enough to engross audiences. His style of conversations with others, especially his parents are so natural. In fact, he is someone very rare to see a good onscreen chemistry with heroines and his love episodes are always portrayed in a decent and meaningful manner. Mia George appears only during the first half and her farewell from Sasikumar is so much touching. Nikila Vimal has showcased a significant performance. Her emoting skills are really brilliant and in the recent times, she is someone who has done a fabulous performance. Varsha owns innocuous looks, but doesn’t score much. Ilavarasu and Renuka play a perfect dad-mom role. After a long time, Prabhu gets a neat and meaty role to perform. The only annoying thing is Thambi Ramaiah. The cameo of Vijay Vasanth, Samuthirakani and ‘Nadodigal’ cast is an enjoyable surprise.
1. Elements targeted on B & C
2. Characterizations, especially Samuthirakani
What doesn’t work?
1. Lengthy second half
2. Predictable plot
Overall, though the film holds a much timeworn plot and predictable narration, we are kept engaged in parts.
Verdict : Similarities and reference unlimited, but okay.
Rating : 4.5/10
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