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Tamil Movie Review : Vettaiyaadu Villaiyaadu
V V gains with some pains!!
Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu

Cast: Kamal Hassan, Jyothika, Kamalini Mukherjee.

Music Director: Harris Jayaraj

Director: Gowtham Menon

Production: Manickam Narayanan
The most awaited movie of the year has finally managed to hit the marquee. Director Gautham Menon makes a comeback after a sabbatical post ‘Kakkha Kakkha’. The fans who had waited a very long time for the release of this movie, have finally got to savour the moment, as the movie opened to packed houses all over the state today. This classic hot-on-chase cop movie packs many a punch, many of which leaves you amazed, though there is that clichéd stuff here and there.
Prima Facie – the plot:

The movie unfolds in an earth shattering manner. Trust me; this is got to be one of Kamal Haasan’s best ‘entry scenes’. The slam bang approach, with which the movie begins, immediately draws your attention. DCP Raghavan (Kamal Hassan) is an upright cop who has his own intrinsic style of dealing with criminals. He is the dare-devil cop who brings about an amazingly cool and classy approach to his job. He shares a very special relationship with Arockiaraj (Prakash Raj) who is his senior officer in the hierarchy.
Raghavan is assigned by Arockiaraj to trace his missing daughter. Raghavan embarks on the mission and he is stunned to see the corpse of Rani (Prakash Raj’s daughter) being buried under the soil. There begins a roller-coaster ride for Raghavan as the murder of Rani leads to a series of other murders. There is a mystery which is to be unraveled and Raghavan is game for it. The rest of the plot hinges on how Raghavan chases and hunts down the elusive fugitives in his own inimitable style.
Kamal & Jyothika
Strengths :

The primary strength of the movie lies in its performers. The movie boasts of some first-rate performances from its lead actors. Kamal Hassan, as usual, is at his histrionic best. He is definitely the lynchpin of the movie. The movie literally pivots around this great man. His action sequences in this movie are definitely noteworthy and are sure to be talked about for some time. Also his comic timing in relatively serious scenes makes your marvel at the ingenuity of the actor
Kamal & Kamalini
Jyothika, on the other hand plays a role of Aaradhana, which you often don’t see her enacting. She plays a sober, yet strong woman who is wriggling out of a troubled relationship, with great aplomb and finesse. It is a distant Jothika from her usual bubbly self. Prakash Raj, does a good job of what one might call a very brief cameo. Kamalinee Mukherjee as the vivacious Kayalvizhi has very little to do but yet makes an impression. Daniel Balaji as the hideous psychopath is a revelation. Lev Gorn plays a neat cameo of Anderson, the NYPD detective.

On the technical front, Ravi Varman has done a wonderful job of aesthetically capturing the scenic beauty of New York and the back-waters of Kerala. Also has he canned the song sequences with uncanny anticipation. Harris Jeyaraj has scored a touchdown with the songs and the haunting background score. Gautham has to be commended for cranking a brilliant premise within the ambit of cinematic realities
Kamal & Goutham
Flip side:

Though the movie boasts of an ensemble team and a brilliant script, there are a few let downs which are an eye-sore. The movie tends to drag in parts, which tends to kill the excitement. Also, unwanted song sequences slow the pace of the movie. The movie has a slight hangover of ‘Kakkha Kakkha’, hampering the cause.

The stereotypical manner in which villainy has been portrayed is glaringly evident and is a huge irritant. Daniel Balaji tends to remind the role of ‘Pandya’, made memorable by Jeevan, in ‘Kakkha Kakkha’.
Many illogical sequences often make you question the credibility of the director, who has used valuable screen space on a lot of blood and gore!
Final word

The movie which kept many a film- buff waiting has garnered a fantastic opening all across the state. The movie is definitely worth your money, if you choose to ignore some of the apparent glitches in the movie. It is definitely a triumph of sorts for Gautham and Manickam Narayanan, who have gone through innumerable hitches in getting the movie released. Enjoy!!
Kamal & Jyothika
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