Director Siva has given Ajith a brand new rural look – Veshti, white shirts and a fitting salt ‘n' pepper stubble. The characterisation of Vinayagam is subtle and he exudes menace with his expressive body and eye- language. It is a mass movie that provides sufficient entertainment.
Veeram is a typical Tamil mass movie set in a village seen in 1980’s potboilers. Vinayagam (Ajith) is a tough guy and a vegetable wholesale dealer in a village. He is chronic bachelor living with his four younger brothers who dote on him.
One day a girl Kopuram Devi (Tamannaah) an architect student comes to the village. Vinayagam slowly gets attracted to her urged by his brothers, who have their love interests. But when she comes to know about Vinayagam's violent face, she distances herself.
The film works mainly due to Ajith’s charisma and Siva’s script. It is a formula film where essential masala has been correctly mixed in the right proposition. First half is hilarious as Santhanam takes over along with Appukutty. The budding romance between Ajith and Tamannaaah is subtly portrayed and in the second half more characters and emotional angle are brought in. The villains look deadly.
Where director Siva has scored is giving Ajith the rural look and making it convincing including a bullock cart drive with the heroine. Santhanam is a scream as Ajith’s lawyer and advisor. His scenes with the brothers (Bala, Vidharth, Munish, Suhail) and Appukutty in the first half is laugh riot while in the second half Thambi Ramaiah joins the comedy club. The villains Pradeep Rawat and Atul Kulkarni are adequate. Nassar as usual is impressive.
The film loses some of its pace in the second half and the climax is a long drawn out affair. The music of Devi Sri Prasad is ok, nothing much to hum about, but his BGM is awesome. In fact two songs in Switzerland on the lead pair just increases the running time. The action scenes choreographed by Silva especially the train fight is fab.
On the whole Veeram is an enjoyable fun ride.
Verdict – Mass Entertainer