Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran
Cast: Vishnu, Nikki Galrani, Soori
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.
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A buffoon of a bar-tender also slips into police uniform, acts as a top cop and fools a woman - Archana (Nikki Galrani) who aspires to join the force. By the final act, this ‘entertainer’ even drags us into a supernatural tamasha with ghosts singing and dancing!
The problem with Ezhil’s script is that it is way too shallow. Vishnu Vishal essays Murugan ‘Jacket’, a sari-blouse designer turned comrade-in-arms to the MLA. Things get out of hand when Jacket must hand over a Rs 10 lakh bribe to the director general of police to get Archana placed in the force.
The MLA slips into a coma after a road accident, and is key to a minister’s secret bounty of Rs 500 crores. More chaos continues as Murugan, Archana and Purushan get entangled with a bunch of people trying to get their hands on the wealth.
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.
Ultimately though, exaggerated histrionics in Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran vex you.