|6 Melugu Vathigal|
|V. Z. Durai|
|Shaam, Poonam Kaur|
6 Melugu Vathigal has been long in the making and it shows on screen. Director VZ Dhorai has made a melodramatic, slow paced film on child trafficking.
The only silver lining is Shaam’s performance, as father struggling to come to terms between his love for his son and situations life throws up. However it is a gloomy film that shows the underside of child kidnapping trade.
Ram (Shaam) and Lizzy (Poonam Kaur) are happy married IT couple who dot on their son Gautham. On his sixth birthday after the cake cutting they take him out to the beach, where he gets lost! Ram begins a long hunt for his son who has been kidnapped by a gang dealing in child trafficking. It takes him to Andhra, Madhya Pradesh and finally to Kolkata.
The premise of the film is promising but the way it is executed makes it highly melodramatic and depressing. Why can’t Ram go to the police instead of trying to be a one-man army? When he was in striking distance of discovering his son’s hideout, how can he lose focus and try to save somebody else.
Shaam has put in a lot of effort and is good as father who becomes a total wreck following his son’s kidnapping. Poonam Kaur has only to shed tears. Beyond a point film gets too dramatic and everybody is shouting or crying!
Verdict – Tedious