Velaikkaran review- An honest film that hits the right notes
Siva has mastered the local Chennai slang, and he conveys a strong message with a preachy tone
Friday 22 December 2017
Sivakarthikeyan, Fahadh, Nayanthara
Mohan Raja's Velaikkaran has ample meat in the story and its message and the writing is consistent. Like his last work, Thani Oruvan, this film is also about a single man's struggle to make a change in the system. The director has done extensive research and this time he chose to expose food adulteration and its adverse effects. In fact, Raja compares corporate companies to deadly gangsters and salesmen as blind henchmen.
Arivu (Sivakarthikeyan) is an intelligent youngster hailing from a slum in Chennai, he starts an local FM channel with the help of the area gangster Kasi (Prakash Raj) only to unmask his real face. But in the process, Arivu understands that he has a family to take care of and decides to start searching for a job. Luckily his first attempt turns successful and he joins a leading food factory where he meets the shrewd marketing wizard Adhi (Fahadh Faasil).
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When Arivu was in his slum, he thought that the youngsters were misused by Kasi. Similarly, Arivu understands that workers in corporate companies also get cheated by the owners to earn huge profits. Just like how Arivu tried to start a revolution in his slum, he puts in effort to bring a new change in the food industry. Will our hero come out with flying colors?
Frankly, Velaikkaran is the Sivakarthikeyan show, and boy, what a show he puts on. It is easily Siva's career best, as he presses the pause button on his usual comedy gimmicks and delivers an intense performance with lots and lots of dialogues as a socially responsible young man. Siva has mastered the local Chennai slang, and he conveys a strong message with a preachy tone. Fahadh Faasil has once again proved that he is a powerful performer, the actor steals the thunder even in a normal scene.
Though Nayanthara comes in a few scenes, she impresses as Mrinalini who motivates the hero. Rohini as Siva’s mother has done a commendable job especially in that scene where she gives a brilliant idea to her son about how to handle people. As the film focuses so heavily on its two lead actors and their conflict that the rest of the actors Nayanthara, Prakash Raj, Sneha, RJ Balaji, Sathish, Robo Shankar, Charlie doesn't get the scope to register their presence..
The best thing about Velaikkaran is that there is no introduction scene, unwanted action, duets, comedy tracks or a climax fight. The first half of Velaikkaran is fresh with a lot of interesting twists and the manner in which director Mohan Raja throws new information in each and every scene is laudable. Ramji's cinematography is top class which provides a rich feel to the film. Art director Muthuraj’s hard work evident with realistic slum sets.
On the downside, the second half of the film turns tedious with the endless cat and mouse game between the Velaikkaran and Muthalali. The romance between the lead pair is not convincing and there is no chemistry between them. Although Anirudh’s songs are big hits, the re-recording is not up to mark.
On the whole, Velaikkaran delivers some terrific moments that’ll make you think.
Velaikkaran review- Verdict: An honest film that hits the right notes
Reactions from Social Media:
Arun Raghavan @Arun_Raghavn
#Velaikkaran - Just two words. Vera Level. As good as Thani Oruvan. Need of the hour hard hitting movie from @jayam_mohanraja. Standing ovation as the end cards rolled on. Career Best of @Siva_Kartikeyan. Please don't waste any more time. Book your tickets now @24AMSTUDIOS
RJ Balaji @RJ_Balaji
#Velaikkaran is a film with strong content.Shear hardwork of Mohan Raja, RD Raja & their teams,earnest performance of Siva,Fahath & Nayan and ever dependable Aniruth have made this film into a wholesome entertainer. You’ll definitely like this film for what it conveys.
Surendhar MK @SurendharMK
#Velaikkaran is a well-researched, proper mainstream film. Insightful & shows the mirror to each one of us. Too much is rolled into the film, nevertheless a recommended watch. @Siva_Kartikeyan makes a convincing first attempt to sail through a serious subject with great ease
Haricharan Pudipeddi @pudiharicharan
As much as you feel #Velaikkaran gets into message-heavy mode, it works due to the relatability factor and how it chooses to address the issue - in a commendable commercial fashion - it takes up. @Siva_Kartikeyan graduates to next level in performance.
Ramesh Bala @rameshlaus
#Velaikkaran [3.5/5]: An excellent movie.. That exposes how FMCG companies deceive ppl thru Marketing and how consumers are forced to buy unsafe products.. What can Velaikkaran/workers Do about it..
#Velaikkaran - Solid Content delivered with right amount of emotion. Sharp Dialogues, Immense Research, Broken many Commercial Cinema Cliches. Entertainment with quality. An eye opener in many aspects as a consumer & a worker.
@Siva_Kartikeyan @jayam_mohanraja @24AMSTUDIOS
Film Distributor TN @RangaSubramanim
#Velaikkaran : 2.5/5
Decent first half
Below average second half
Corporate manhandling of poor people well explained.
Second half looks weak & heads nowhere till climax.
Music & songs didn't created any impact. Nayan got no scope.
Overall one time watchable.
Chennai City @DarkChennai
Here on The Kollywood mass hero order is
His unstoppable streak continues thanks to director raja brilliance. #Velaikkaran
Abishek S @cinemapayyan
After 7 remakes, looks like @jayam_mohanraja is aiming towards providing rich, original content
Sathish Kumar M @sathishmsk
#Velaikkaran second half becomes quite preachy with lots and lots of message oriented dialogues. Absolutely no commercial compromises in the second half, as director has tried to convey lots of messages to the society with @Siva_Kartikeyan