Vetrivel Review: Watchable

Vetrivel Review: Watchable



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 23 April 2016

Movie Title

Vetrivel Review: Watchable


Star Cast

Sasikumar, Prabhu, Miya George

As a filmmaker, Sasikumar doesn't adhere to any formula but as an actor, he always follows a tried and tested template, set against a rural or small town background.

This Sasikumar format has him always playing a good Samaritan who helps lovers elope, convey message to families, treat women with great respect and will not even touch his heroine, do action with a violent end to justify that good will ultimately triumph over evil.

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The director turned actor’s new release Vetrivel too follows this template. Though the film is predictable, there are few good moments and twists to keep you engrossed.

Vetrivel (Sasikumar) is a carefree young man who is madly in love with Janani (Miya George) but for some reason, he finds it difficult to express himself. In Vetri’s family, his dad (Ilavarasu), a teacher by profession cannot stand him as he is a school drop out. But his innocent mom (Vasundra) always backs him. Vetrivel has a younger brother (Anand Nag), who is in love with the daughter (Varsha) of Prabhu, the big wig and president of a nearby village.

Prabhu belongs to different cast, and he convinces Ilavarasu that the marriage between their kids cannot happen. But Sasikumar plans to kidnap the girl with the help of his friends (the Nadodigal gang) but they wrongly kidnap another girl (Nikhila). How this becomes a huge issue and changes Vetri's life forms the rest of the story.

Sasikumar hasn't changed much from his earlier films, he repeats the same mannerisms, dialogue delivery and body language but it suits this rural entertainer, so no complaints. Other than Sasikumar, Vetrivel belongs to the bunch of character artists including Prabhu, Ilavarasu, Viji Chandrasekar and Renuka. Even the three girls in the film looks fresh and can act.

The enmity between Prabhu and Viji Chandrasekar is well captured. Even, the brief romantic moments between Anand Nag and Varsha are nicely done, the Nadodigal cameo of Samuthirakani and his trio are enjoyable but the problem is these noteworthy sequences are very minimal in the film. The comedy scenes involving Thambi Ramaiah as a man who is always suspicious about his wife adds to the mirth.

Technically, Kathir has beautifully captured the rural backdrop while Imman’s songs and BGM are hummable. Too many songs which come one after another in the first half is a bit of a speedbreaker. Overall, Vetrivel is a decent commercial entertainer with a neat message from Sasikumar, which is watchable for the authentic performance of the actors.

Vetrivel reiew: Watchable

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