Cast: Rahul Ravindran, Anuja Iyer, Pandiarajan, Vishwa and Shikha
Music: Debutant Jubin
Cinematography: Anand J
Editing: G Sasikumar
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
Written and directed by: Vignesh Menon
Produced by: Maanas Film Corporation
Twice in a day, Tamil cinema has witnessed the screening of a newcomer’s film in theatres. Like Sathyasiva in Kazhugu, newcomer Vignesh Mohan attempts a brave them and comes out triumphant. The debutant director’s choice o film wherein he has taken a tough route to enter the film industry is appreciable indeed.
Mohan, grandson of veteran director K. Shankar, is also making making his foray as filmmaker with ‘Vinmeengal’. That he has taken up such a serious venture as the script of his first-ever directorial attempt is highly commendable. The courage to make a film based on a true-life incident of a person afflicted with cerebral palsy is also appreciable.
Jeeva, a school teacher suffering from cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair but is intent on spreading cheers and the joy of life among others. His experiences of getting into love, pains of rejection and finally getting an acceptance have been depicted in an interesting manner by the director.
Vignesh has taken up a sensitive subject and has handled it well without missing out on the finer points of his subject. His technique is so simple and perfect even a person who hasn’t earlier heard about the disease would have a better understanding of what cerebral palsy is.
Vinmeengal touches the sensitive chords in the hearts of the viewers with a strong message of how to show and sustain the love and care towards physically-challenged persons.
Rahul Raveendran, who played the lead role in Moscowin Kaveri some time ago, is now back in this film playing the lead role. He has understood the role well and portrayed perfectly the emotions of a person affected by cerebral palsy. Anuja Iyer, who had delivered significant performances in Kamal Haasan’s Unnaipol Oruan and in Ninaithalae Inikkum, plays the female lead and has done a decent job of it. Pandiarajan plays an important role that has a strong impact on the script. Shikha has also played her role rather nicely.
Anand, the cinematographer, has made the movie a visual treat. Jubin, the music director, has given some hummable numbers like Vaazhi Mari and Un Parvai. Vignesh’s dialogues are crisp and to the point.
Vinmeengal deserves the tag of an ‘off-beat entertainer’. The movie drags a little in some places but deserves accolades for its good attempt.
Worth a watch, surely!