The director of Venghai, Hari belongs to
KS Ravikumar’s school of filmmaking.
Their films have a little something that caters
to all appetites and therefore have a universal
appeal. Hari’s films have action, romance,
comedy, and family sentiment in generous doses.
Usually these ingredients are supplemented
by a strong script and this has resulted in
commercial success for a lot of his films.
With Venghai being released and touted as
a family entertainer, let us look at Hari’s
previous films that served up the biggest
portion of family sentiment.
Ayya was a 2005 release, which had Sarath
Kumar in a dual role, Prakash Raj, and Napoleon.
It was also the debut film of a chubby Nayanthara.
The film explores both the ties of blood as
well as friendship and the many things that
can go wrong in the closest of relationships.
It was a study in loyalty and the frailty
of human bonds and went on to be a big hit.
Vishal’s first film with Hari was the
2007 hit film Thamirabarani. Barani played
by Vishal lives with his mother and maternal
uncle Prabhu. Their family has a strained
relationship with the other big family in
the village that comprises Nadiya, Nasser,
and Vijayakumar. Needless to say Vishal falls
for Nadiya’s daughter and after a struggle
the warring families are reunited.
Suriya had a double role in this 2007 super
hit. He played twins who get separated at
birth by the hand of fate. One grows up with
his parents and the other with his adopted
family. When the truth comes out there is
a lot of drama and sentiment making for a
very interesting movie.
Venghai with Dhanush and Tamannah is also
going to be a family entertainer along the
lines of these films. Since family sentiment
is something of Hari’s specialty we
are expecting fireworks from this one.