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- QUARTER CUTTING MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Shiva, Lekha Washington, SPB Charan.
GV Prakash Kumar
duo Pushkar and Gayatri’s style
of film making has evoked interest among
film buffs and is being discussed for
its cult nature. After auto race in Oram
Po, in Va-quarter cutting, it is the run
for a ‘cutting’ that takes
the audience through a bumpy fun ride
for two hours and 15 minutes. The title
of the film had kindled much interest
fun quotient was only upped by its cast and music
as revealed through the promos.
Sura, (shortened for Sundarrajan) an ardent fan of
Vijay played by Shiva lands in Chennai from Coimbatore
and is on his way to Saudi Arabia for greener pastures.
In Chennai, he is being taken care of by his to-be
brother-in-law Marthandam (SP Charan), a veterinary
doctor. Sura’s (mis)adventure through one night
in Chennai and his vigorous pursuit of liquor on hearing
that alcohol is forbidden in Saudi Arabia is the frivolous
theme of Va-QC which the directors have handled in
their own inimitable brand of narration accompanied
by a zeitgeistcal crew.
The opening scene with numerous characters almost
tests your memory power. However, as the film unfolds,
you realize that they have been deftly interspersed
through the warp and weft of the storyline in an impressive
manner. Intelligent humor woven with satirical work
runs through out Va-QC. Although the first half is
not homogenously engaging, the second half gains momentum
as it cruises through to the climax. Interestingly,
the film opens with the lorry sequence and ends in
a lorry sequence.
Dialogues augment the fun component, the notable ones
being ‘grape’ for group rape, the ‘muttakose’
analogy to intelligence and Shiva asking Lekha for
her name. There are umpteen such enjoyable examples
in the film.
Credible characterization is one of the USPs of Va-QC
with Shiva, Charan and John Vijay taking the honors.
Shiva’s and Charan’s body language and
their moronic countenance are in perfect sync with
the storyline. John Vijay is a revelation in double
roles. Lekha Washington as the girl with ‘self
suicidal’ instincts does a neat job. There are
many small characters like Abhinayasri, Amarendran,
Kalyan as part of supporting cast.
The technical team has delivered what is needed for
the film in right proportion. Nirav Shah is the major
plus for the film and he does it again with his lens
which captures the moods of the night with the appropriate
usage of lighting and colors (greens and reds predominantly).
Effective choreography in all departments marks the
car chase sequence. Editor Anthony’s deft work
with scissors is noteworthy. G V Prakashkumar’s
music is already well received and is in line with
the mood of the film. Thediye Thediye number comes
alive for its music and visuals.
Directors Pushkar and Gayatri should be credited for
respecting their audience’s intelligence and
for delivering a ‘different film’ which
could in many ways be an avant-garde work. However,
will the different genre of comedy appeal to every
segment of the audience is something that needs to
be waited and watched. All the same, at a time when
the term ‘nativity’ in film industry is
being used in a privileged context relating only to
village based themes, here is Va-QC which brings out
the nativity of Chennai and its night life in its
There could be an argument and doubt if someone could
go to such an extent for a ‘quarter cutting’.However
the psyche of some minds travelling to any length
for a trivial matter also cannot be ruled out, with
the term triviality itself being relative. Va-QC could
work well for population that is casual and sporty.
Verdict: ‘Spirit’ed cutting!
- Quarter Cutting, Shiva,