Review in 140 words or less: Vettai

Aarya and Madhavan in Vettai.

Of brothers, sisters, and gangsters

Rating: **

Despite the pomp and show that accompanies it, Vettai is a frivolous entertainer accompanied by flashy fight sequences. Post the success of Paiyya, filmmaker N. Lingusamy treads down the beaten path and displays the survival of a loving brotherhood in a rough town.

Portrayed as an action hero in Run, Madhavan’s timid appearance in Vettai is a sheer delight. When the heroines’ intro song rolls on, I felt a connection with the 50s where heroines enjoyed the privilege of having their own intro number. Such privilege is a rarity today.

Footnote: Do filmmakers still believe that chartbusters can largely help in improving box office collections?


Review: Deiva Thirumagal

Anushka and Vikram in Deiva Thirumagal.

Vikram and his million-dollar antics

Rating: *

For someone who has seen Sean Penn in I Am Sam, Ajay Devgn in Main Aisa Hi Hoon and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, Vikram’s appearance in Deiva Thirumagal is a no show. Considering that he has done a better job than Ajay Devgn, he could have just left it there. Instead, there’s a scene inspired from Rain Man, and that’s where the cards fall.

Vijay has built a career making remakes, much like ‘Jayam’ Raja. Madarasapattinam can be called an original, but the Titanic-like narrative was quite corny. Still, he made his remakes work. Kreedom and Poi Solla Porom were excellent entertainers, especially the latter, which was in a way, better than the Hindi original. Still, it’s disappointing that the filmmaker hasn’t used his talent to bring out an original story.

While he gloats that Deiva Thirumagal is ‘inspired’, we all know the proverb: ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’. That’s what the film becomes in the end. Romance between the lead pair ensues just radically. What is it with men or women feeling special, once someone from the opposite sex hugs them?

Despite those flaws, Anushka Shetty brings out her first best performance. She excels Sushmita Sen, who played the lawyer in the Hindi version. If Anushka’s long waist in Vaanam was irresistible, everything she does in Deiva Thirumagal is arresting. That scene where she embraces her father (played by Y.Gee. Mahendra) is definitely one of the film’s best. Sadly, Michelle Pfeiffer from the original sticks to your mind as that gutsy lawyer who won the case.

There’s also Amala Paul who comes and goes, but wears that thick red lipstick which will stick on your mind. Santhanam is in the film too. And he’s more of an actor instead of a comedian. Comedians usually choose not to portray serious roles. This could be a good break to Santhanam.

Deiva Thirumagal is a convincing family drama with Vikram as the headgear. The songs seem pointless and are time-consuming. G.V. Prakash Kumar continues to rip off music scores. This time, it’s In The Hall of The Mountain King.