Vanjagar Ulagam review: All style, no substance
Vanjagar Ulagam moves at a slow pace except for the climax
Friday 7 September 2018
Ciby Bhuvanachandran, Chandini, Vishagan, Guru Somasundaram, Azhagam Perumal
Many new-generation filmmakers in Tamil cinema have an eye for stylish presentation but when it comes to the screenplay and effective narration, they have to sharpen themselves with some old school techniques.
Debutant director Manoj Beedha’s 'Vanjagar Ulagam' scores in terms of stylish visuals, performances from its lead actors, astounding background score from music composer Sam CS and excellent sound design but except for the climax twist episode, the film moves at a leisure pace.
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Shanmugam (Ciby Bhuvanachandran) is under the scanner of cops after a young woman named Mythili (Chandini Tamilarasan) was found murdered in the neighborhood. Now cops move in one direction to unearth the secret behind the murder and a journalist named Vishagan (Vishagan) also moves in another direction. The rest of the film turns out to be a whodunit thriller.
Generally, whodunit thrillers are known for the twists and turns prevail throughout the film until the climax but in Vanjagar Ulagam, we don’t travel along with the characters because their world and problems don’t get our sympathy and as an audience, we are not able to feel for them. The major twist was only saved for the climax which adds some excitement but whatever happens before that actually tests the patience.
As pointed out earlier, performance wise, all the actors have done exceptionally well. Especially, Guru Somasundaram once again proves his versatility as a deadly gangster. John Vijay who usually irritates us with his same body language and mannerisms moves out of his comfort zone. Newcomer Ciby and Vishagan have justified their characters while the whole story revolves around Chandini’s role, the actress has also delivered an adequate performance.
Technically, foreign cinematographer Rodrigo Del Rio Herrara and Saravanan Ramasamy provide stylish frames and visuals which are aptly supported by Sam CS’s amazing score. Editing by Anthony is also crisp but the film itself moves at a snail pace.
Vanjagar Ulagam review- Verdict: All style, no substance