Direction: Vivek Elangovan
Production: Indus Creations
Cast: Vivekh, Charle, Pooja Devariya, Dev & Paige Henderson
Music: Ramgopal Krishnaraju
Cinematography: Jerald Peter
Editor: Praveen K. L.
Seen him prominently as a comedian, we very well knew that Vivekh has been a great actor playing alongside with all prominent actors of Tamil Cinema. Apart from acting, we knew that he is enthusiastic in creating social awareness through several campaigns and also in his movies. However ‘Vellai Pookal’ has been made by a brand new software techie team from USA, let us see how it has worked on screens this week.
Rudhran (Vivekh) is a retired police officer who goes and visits his son (Dev), software professional in Seattle, USA as a break after passing over his police life with a quench to find mysteries. Having bitter experience on his son’s wedding plans; he refuses to converse well with his American daughter in law Alice (Paige Henderson) such that she also tries hard to get along with her uninterested father in law. Very suspicion about the neighbors in the residence he stays, he finds a mysterious kidnap to happen in his neighbor’s house. On the other hand, there is a small girl, Nichole who is trapped by a perverted and dangerous serial killer along with her mom. Continued with one kidnap, so many kidnapping happens whereas there remains to be without proper cause and reason. What happens now? What is the background about these continuous kidnapping? Who is the reason for such kidnapping? Will Nichole be rescued by someone? How will Rudhran find all the mysteries will be explained in the climax with the dispersion of ‘Vellai Pookal’!
Trying to set forth a different role with a specific characterization, as a first time attempt by software techies is actually appreciated. Having so much contents right from the title card to the approaching main story, the first half seems to be interesting with lots of dragging. Second half seems to be with various knots starting with a thrilling interval block and with a good message in the climax; some of the instances seem very predictable. Reminding us many Hollywood movies which had investigation thriller genres, the search for the criminal was clear and linear without any difficulties in making audience understand with different way of investigating ideas. However there were so many logic errors which are not so prominent in the screen play, the cinematography with the apt background music seemed interesting.
We don’t have to tell about how Vivekh performs in films such that the characterization had lots of maturity which was hard for visualizing him in such role also with over exaggeration in the second half with more father sentiments. Charle who played the role of his family friend and neighbor, had also done the role well playing safe alongside with Vivekh. Pooja Devariya who appeared in very less sequences in the film had very less scope for performing such that she was absolutely good as required for the character. Playing the main character, Paige Henderson had acted well as it was required for the terrifying role. Supporting her performance, Dev as ‘Ajay’ showing his love towards his old dad and also on his love interest who belongs to America has been very well worked out. Besides that, the foreign actors whoever acted in the supporting roles have done their level best coping up with the other actors.
1) Message in the climax
2) Background score
3) Cinematography and editing
What doesn’t work?
1) Over exaggerated Vivek’s character at some instances
2) Not so impactful and dragging presentation of the screenplay
3) Logic mistakes
On the whole, ‘Vellai Pookal’ is a good attempt but would have been well bloomed if the drags and logic mistakes were corrected.
‘Vellai Pookal’ is all about dispersion of dandelion with good effort in conveying a message!
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