Friday 27 March 2015
Jai, Andrea Jeremiah, Bala Saravanan
An underdog wants to beat the boxing champion of the country to prove that he is the strongest. Why would someone even dream of such a thing? There got to be a solid back-story or motive to it. Director Saravana's Valiyavan is a mixed bag. The first half is terrible with no story, and it is the last 30 minutes which has some meat in it.
The film opens with Ashwin who comes out of an airport with thundering applause and welcomed by smiling faces as he has won silver medal at the Olympics, soon we are shown Vinod (Jai) who tells us that he wants to beat this boxing champion because of his lady-love Subiksha (Andrea). Meanwhile, there is a novel friendship between Andrea and Jai's father (Azhagam Perumal), also Jai stays away from his family and post-intermission, the director connects all these mysteries, where the real film begins.
The problem with Valiyavan is that Saravanan is good in presenting us with interesting ideas and sequences but everything looks disjointed for a film which needs more scenes about boxing and sequences that depict the pain between a wounded father and son, rather than candy-floss romance and so-called funny sequences and peppy songs.
As an entertainer Jai has grown leaps and bounds and makes us laugh. It is evident that the actor has worked hard to fit into the role of a boxer and Jai must be lauded for the phenomenal effort. Andrea looks super stylish in her western outfits and her expressions are also westernized but when she tries to give the bubbly act in songs, it turns out to be unintentionally hilarious. Azhagam Perumal shines once again in the short yet novel role given to him; he has effectively portrayed the wounded father and Anupama Kumar as the mother has done her part well.
Cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan gives the necessary grandeur feel to the film while editing by Subarak is unique, especially in dreamy opening encounter shot between Jai and Ashwin. Songs by Imman is adequate and he scores well with the BGM.
Overall, Valiyavan script and presentation is a big letdown. Is this the same director who did Engeyum Eppothum, we wonder.
Verdict: Run of the mill