Bairavaa review - Fun, only till interval!
As you leave the cinema in the end, you can’t help missing the distinct sense of fun that Vijay films normally deliver.
Thursday 12 January 2017
Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Daniel Balaji, Jagapathi Babu
Vijay has always followed superstar Rajinikanth's success formula for more than a decade, and in Bairavaa we see that Ilayathalapathy has incorporated MGR's style. Director Bharathan has used the topical educational scam with Engal Veetu Pillai kind of execution, which works only in parts.
Bairavaa (Vijay) works as a collection agent in a private bank, our hero is righteous and always stands for the truth. Right from the introduction scene, Bairavaa has been portrayed as a savior so just imagine what will happen if his ladylove Malar Vizhi (Keerthy Suresh) tells him about a selfish educationalist PK (Jagapathi Babu), who shattered her dream of becoming a doctor. Bairavaa then moves from Chennai to Kallidai Kuruchi to solve the woes of Malar Vizhi!
As usual, Vijay once again proves his capability of carrying a film on his strong shoulders. He completely steals the show with his natural swag and energetic screen presence. Even an ordinary scene has been elevated through Vijay's dialogue delivery and his trademark expressions. Keerthy Suresh is easy on the eyes and fits the bill as a homely girl from Nellai.
Bharathan's catchy punchlines that every mass dialogue of Ilayathalapathy receives thundering response. One of the major drawback of Bairavaa, to be honest is Santhosh Narayanan's underwhelming score that you wonder if these songs were created while he was half asleep! We really miss one peppy number in this Vijay entertainer. And don't expect the rib-tickling comedy that we normally enjoy in Vijay films.
The first half of Bairavaa keeps us entertained, thanks to the two intelligently choreographed action sequences (the much hyped cricket stunt works well and the interval block) along with a touching flashback. Unfortunately, things don't work much after intermission as the two antagonists (Jagapathi Babu and Daniel Balaji) have been shown as mere caricatures and the long running time (169 minutes) actually acts as the main villain.
Had Bharathan packaged the second half as good as the first half, Bairavaa would have been an engaging commercial entertainer. But as you leave the cinema in the end, you can’t help missing the distinct sense of fun that Vijay films normally deliver.
Bairavaa review- Verdict: Watchable