Direction : Bharathan
Production : Vijaya Productions
Starring : Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Jagapathi Babu, Daniel Balaji, Sathish
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : M. Sukumar
Editing : Praveen K. L
The wait is finally over and here comes the big day that all Vijay fans expected. The worldwide release of Bairavaa has been one of the most expected things in the industry for this year and it’s indeed the first big release of this year. The film is directed by Vijay of Azhagiya Tamizha Magan fame starring Vijay, Keerthy Suresh and Jagapathi Babu in lead roles.
Vijay plays the role of a collector in Private bank who falls in love at first sight with Keerthy Suresh, who has a dark past. In fact, it’s not her personal problem, but the crisis involving her whole medical college, where a multi-millionaire has cheated many innocent students and their parents costing almost some lives. Now it’s up to Vijay to settle the scores with the baddies and seek justice for the innocents.
Filmmaker Bharathan couldn’t prove his proficiency with his debut directorial ‘Azhagiya Tamizh Magan’ and his comeback again with the same super league actor like Vijay. But here what happens is a mere disappointment, where the script fails to match up to the actor’s star status. What is supposed to be a serious social issue based film gets diminished by unwanted sequences and dramatic events. There is always a confusion that could happen with a star like Vijay, where the issue in the film has to be sensitive and at the same time should be entertaining. In fact, this becomes a major constraint in keeping us hooked up. The usual elements in a Vijay are the songs that come packaged with his fantabulous dance and of course the action blocks and punches dialogues, the hilarious-witty quotients and cute romance. Everything is available, but unbalanced. The running length of the film turns out to be a major drawback, where some of the sequences are completely dragging, especially in second half. Musical score by Santhosh Narayanan is just okay and his background score doesn’t synch well. Cinematographic work by Sukumaran is not the best as his previous films like Kumki, Maan Karate or Dharmadurai. Editing by Praveen is fantastic offering massive appeal to Vijay with sleek cuts.
It’s the screen presence of Vijay that offers substantial support to the film. Even in the places, where the film turns sluggish and dragging, his screen presence helps in keeping his fans hooked up. But for an actor like Vijay who is worthy of doing yet more challenging roles as in Thuppakki, Kaththi or at least Theri, this one doesn’t offer him much of scope. Keerthy Suresh looks stubborn and dull throughout the film. Jagapathi Babu is wasted to the core and Satish doesn’t evoke humour anywhere. Daniel Balaji makes a stellar performance.
Vijay’s screen presence
What doesn’t work?
Dragging screenplay & Direction
Bairavaa could have been a better film if treated with substantial writing, where Vijay’s avatar to stand against the unjust could have garnered yet more intensity. But Bharathan fails to make it gripping with dragging narration and unwanted dramatic inclusions.
Verdict : A routine Vijay movie but lacks the punch of entertainment
Rating : 4/10
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