Review: Va

All for a drink!

Dude, where’s my screenplay?

Rating: *

Oram Po circled on auto-rickshaw racing. The protagonist (played by Arya) desired three things: Women, Chicken Briyani and Alcohol. The characters of Va – Quarter Cutting desire the same and waltz around the satirical Chennai nightlife. Writing-directing duo, Pushkar and Gayathri intertwine many storylines and keep the characters in sketch while a few get left away. But, again, we are dealing with just two characters – Sura and Marthandam. Shiva tries to juggle humor and drama by playing the funny guy and the protagonist. Although he succeeds, he falls into the shadows of S.P.B Charan. Lekha Washington appears confused throughout the film but I wonder if she got over it in the end. The characters in the film have a thirst to quench. Sura needs a drink, Marthandam needs a clean slate to impress Sura’s sister, whom he claims to marry, and Saro (Lekha) needs an answer from the occupants of heaven on why she has consistently failed her exams. This eventually forms the resolution after an action-packed climax.

Pushkar and Gayathri infuse characters ranging from a hitchhiker en route to Chennai, to Anglo-Indian Bikers, places from an illegal casino to jail. They quench their thirst by adding scenes that are meant to evoke humor. While some of them succeed, most of them don’t. On learning that the bar is closed in a five-star hotel, why didn’t Sura and Marthandam go looking for another five-star hotel? Questions arise as you notice numerous flaws in this repugnant film which attempts to break away from the shackles of narrow-minded commercialism.

G.V. Prakash’s songs are more than mediocre. But, his BGM is a Guy Ritchie rip-off. But, he manages to hide it by reworking on them, whether it’s the 80s disco song or Hans Zimmer’s Academy Award nominated tunes from Sherlock Holmes or the closing song of Snatch or RocknRolla’s opening track.

As Sura walks past the departure gate, he sees a pair of Arabs and sarcastically utters “I’m on my way to your country.” An erstwhile attempt is made and it’s lost in its interstate highway-like screenplay.

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