Nobody can have misgivings over Tamil cinema’s plot novelty, but often the treatment lacks cinematic maturity. Ezhil’s Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran could have been a delightful spoof or even a satire on present-day India with its rampant rottenness in the police force and the administration, but the film is allowed to slip into a mindless mess.
Pushpa Purushan (Soori), the hero’s sidekick, offers some salvation with his rib-tickling one-liners, but the movie is pushed into what is increasingly being (mis)termed these days as ‘family entertainer’. In this movie, the family entertainment is delivered through a 50-year-old MLA behaving as a 10-year-old, lollipop-licking adult who recites the same nursery rhyme endlessly.
The story of the film would not pass the tests of logic. There is nothing new script wise. The script has too many convenient turn of events. The film does not possess any technical brilliance. Even it is hard to decide whether the story happens in Chennai or some other city or town of Tamil Nadu. The comedy is almost entirely slapstick and does not give fodder to your intellect. In short this is not a film to satisfy your taste buds for story telling art, filmmaking technique or the sense of aesthetics.
The movie falls flat with unconvincing chemistry between Archana and Murugan. Soori, an otherwise versatile actor who seriously needs to reinvent himself, is also of not much relief. However, his desperate bid to get out of a marriage he was forced into is one of the more hilarious moments.