Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Vedha Review


Making a smart commercial film is not an easy joke. It is not just putting together a set of scenes with commercial ingredients lifted or inspired from various successful movies. Novelty, credibility, and presentation are very important for the success of commercial movies, apart from the other aspects including good performances and music.

Director R. Nithya Kumar seems to believe in throwing up a few surprises rather than coming up with a strong story and screenplay. He has chosen to tell you a story with the combination of routine action – sentimental – romance- without bothering much about credibility and novelty. The presentation too leaves much to be desired.

Vijay (Arun Vijay) has a younger brother Vadhan (Jerovadhan), who cannot digest failure. Vijay wants to ensure that Vadhan gets whatever he wants at any cost. He bribes the potential winners of a running race to ensure Vadhan’s success. He beats up a whole gang of thugs to make Vadhan to become collage chairman. Finally, when his brother wants to marry a girl, he is shattered. It is his girlfriend, who is also in deep love with him.

Vijay, who is actually an orphan, decides to give up his lover and he makes the girl accept the arrangement by emotionally blackmailing her (the dialogues by the girl in this situation are sharp). The marriage takes place but there is a twist in the tale, which puts the family apart. The intrusion of the villain, with whom the brothers have locked horns, makes things worse.

Lots of pathetic developments mixed with unbearable sentiments lead to the climax. The twist in the climax tries to touch your heart but it actually ends up irritating you because of the over dosage of sentiments.

Director R. Nithya Kumar seems to be in total confusion about the direction with which the movie should move ahead. He opens the narrative by portraying a family with an eccentric younger brother but the plot gets deviated by the build up given to the villain. Then the director starts concentrating on the love between Vijay and Vedha (Sheela).

The twist in form of the younger brother’s love looks artificial. The sacrifice drama and the shock before the first night too are far from convincing. The scant respect for logic is evident in the script. The idea of the crude ‘jail’ maintained by the villain is too novice to be taken seriously. The dialogues are sharp in many places.

Music by Srikanth Deva has variety including melody, ‘gana’, and ‘kuthu’. O rasikkum Seemaaney’ (Anuradha has sung this song beautifully) and ‘Ninaiththathu Pothum’ are soothing to the ears, while the collage ‘Gana’ passes muster. But the overall impact of the music is marred by two much of songs and too much of loudness.

Arun Vijay is trying hard to make an impact as a hero. Though he has a well-built body, and credible action in fighting scenes, he has to improve his expressions in romantic and emotional scenes. His attempt to ‘act’ in the climax fails to impress. The lack credibility and genuineness in the twists that lead to the pathetic situation mars the impact of the actor’s efforts.

Sheela looks cute and acts with some maturity. She also tries - with some success indeed – to ooze sex appeal in the song ‘O Rasikkum Seemaney’. The girl looks an improved actor when compared to her previous ventures.

Seetha gets to don the role of the single mother, which has become mandatory in the recent films. Today’s filmmakers depend on the experience of the erstwhile heroines to provide powerful performance in sentimental roles. Seetha has ably provided what is expected from her.

Jerovadhan as the younger brother is credible as an eccentric character. Karunas - Mayil Sami comedy track is just about okay. Villain Sathayaprakash with his strange pronunciation creates more laughter that terror. Bose Venkat as encounter specialist is impressive.

‘Vedha’ would have been a decent entertainer had the director focused the subject sharply.

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