Cast: Madhavan, Aarya, Sameera Reddy, Amala Paul, Ashutosh Rana and others.
Director: N Lingusamy
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Producers: N Subash Chandra Bose and Ronnie Screwvala.
N Lingusamy has adapted a tried and test formula for his latest movie Vettai. The director, in his usual way, has blended all the elements that make a movie entertaining. In fact, he takes to the era of 80s-90s film, where good having the last laugh against the evil. The filmmaker has also ensured to bring out the best from his actors – Aarya, Madhavan, Sameera Reddy and Amala Paul.
We have seen many movies before, which shows an elder sibling bailing out his younger one from troubles but in Vettai it is vice-versa. The introduction to the characters begin with the early days of Tirumurthi (Madhavan) and Gurumurthi (Aarya), where the former gets beaten-up by his acquaintance while flying a kite. In return, Tirumurthi, who leaves the place crying, makes his junior to seek revenge .
Having given enough hints about the nature of the siblings, the story then moves forward when Tirumurthi, by chance or may be by force, turns a cop. Lacking courage and strength, he manages to face the hurdles with the help of his brother. Being a kind of body double to his elder sibling, Guru successfully makes baddies Annachi (Ashutosh Rana) trembling in fear.
At this juncture, Tirumurthi ties the knot with Vasanthi (Sameera Reddy) and Gurumurthi falls in love with Jayanthi (Amala Paul). However, the villain discovers the truth and the situation changes drastically. The remaining part should be seen on-screen.
The story drives you on a familiar territory and one cannot expect too many surprises in the tale. But Lingusamy, who has mastered in this genre, does not allow the audience to lose their attention rather he makes them to watch the close-to-three hour film without getting bored. The film has each and every ingredient, which audience love to see on-screen. Good story, fights, comedies and songs that make the movie an interesting affair.
Aarya and Madhavan steal the complete show with their excellent performances. Here, we should praise Maddy for putting on some kilos and developing a paunch for his role of a laid-back cop. In fact, he amazingly brings the life to his role and makes the viewers that his role is dozy in front of Aarya’s character, which shines almost in every scene. Sameera Reddy and Amala Paul are good and they have justified their roles. However, Ashutosh Rana, despite getting enough scenes, fails to create fearsome atmosphere in the role of a villain. Rest others are okay.
Technically, Nirav Shah’s cinematography is good, Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is okay and Silva’s action stunts are commendable. Lingusamy has complete control over the subject and from his writing team, especially from the dialogue writer Brinda Sarathy, he has taken out best.
On the flip side, Lingusamy has committed a mistake by changing the attitude of Madhavan’s character in the second half. It looks logic-less and not convincible for many. Putting aside this, there are quite a few minor errors, which go unnoticed.
Verdict: While Nanban has the elements to attract the urbanites and the youths, Vettai is a material, which will be liked by family and mass audience. It is a paisa-vasool movie, go for it.