Valiyavan – Tamil Movie Review

Valiyavan Movie Audio launch posterCast: Jai, Andrea Jeremiah, Bala Savravanan, Azhagam Perumal
Direction: M. Saravanan
Music: D. Imman
Cinematography: Dinesh Kannan

Storyline:
Vinod(Jai) accidentally comes across Subhiksha(Andrea Jeremiah) while crossing a subway. Rather surprisingly, Subhiksha who conveys her love for Vinod. For the next week or so, Vinod wanders around here and there in the city, hoping to meet Andrea at any cost to reciprocate her love.

Subhiksha purposely avoids him but comes on her own to meet him. Through a flashback, she narrates an interesting sequence of events wherein she had first met Vinod a few weeks back.

Vinod drinks liquor for the first time in his life at a function and finds it difficult to go back to home. Subhiksha picks him up and drops him at his residence. Subhiksha narrates all the stupid and funny acts Vinod committed while he was under the influence of liquor. Vinod becomes very embarrassed but falls in love with her immediately.

However, much to his dismay, Subhiksha doesn’t fall in line at once. She makes him chase her for quite some time and finally, puts a condition to love him. Subhiksha tells Vinod that he should bash up a guy. Vinod agrees as he was unaware that the guy in question had won an Olympic Silver medal in boxing.

In order to fulfill his promise to his lady-love, Vinod starts learning the art of boxing and vows to himself not to meet Andrea till he attains the goal.

Why in the world Subhiksha threw such a tough challenge to Vinod? Was love the only factor which stimulated Vinod to take on the high-risk assignment? Could he achieve his mission?

Watch the film to find out answers?

Script review
The plot of the story is interesting. A girl demands a boy to beat up someone, who is a champion in boxing but it is not for something related to her. Director Saravanan nicely unfolds the drama behind such a demand.

The reason for the emotional pain of father and son due to a mishap in a multiplex canteen has been powerfully portrayed. Saravanan also depicts the struggle of the protagonist to upset the champion well albeit in a brief manner. The climax fight has been well executed.

The director takes pain to explain the rationale behind such an incredible happening of a pay person defeating a champion. He has made the emotional aspect quite strong so that the question of credibility doesn’t arise.

All these positive aspects are loaded in the second half while the first half details the hid and seek game between the lovers. The crux of the story is the girl’s unique way of motivation to enable the boy to fittingly respond to the humiliation his family faced. The motivation and the ensuing struggle are the main aspects of the story. There is nothing else worth mentioning other than these aspects.

Hence the director wastes a lot of screen time to move the story ahead. He doesn’t do it in a justifiable manner as the hide and seek and the flashback of the first meeting between the boy and girl are quite dragging. So the film fails to take off till the intermission point and that plays the spoilsport of the movie.

The friendship between Azhagam Perumal and Andrea, the colleagues, has been nicely portrayed. Dialogues are a huge plus for the film.

Performances
Jai has put in his best effort by far in order to prove to himself and to his fans that he can excel in action-packed roles too. He sizzles very well with his six-pack abs look in the climatic fight sequence.

Jai appears as any casual young man we come across on the street and transforms into an action hero. It’s a huge boost to his efforts for a change of image. Jai’s excels in action oriented sequences. His eyes and body language in the second half are powerful. His dancing has been improved considerably. However, he struggles to carry the lighter moments easily.

Andrea Jeremiah has played her part well. First she teases the hero and then she makes him confusing. Later she motivates the hero without saying the real reason. Andrea has handled everything quite credibly. Her expressions in love romantic scenes are lovely. She looks fabulous. She is very attractive and glamourous in Yelomia song.

Azhagam Perumal as the father of the protagonist has done a marvelous job. Bala Saravanan as Jai’s friend fits the bill as the typical friend of the hero. His one-liners, especially on love, are crowd-pullers.

D. Imman’s music for the songs is passable. The song Yelomia stands out. He has done well in the background score.

Dinesh Krishnan’s cinematography has made the film a collage of myriad of colours. The night scenes and the Yelomia song have been beautifully captured.

Positive points
Jai’s performance in the second half
Andrea’s attractive screen presence
Cinematography
Background score
Portrayal of sentiments

Negative points
Boring first half
Unconvincing climax

Verdict:
Valiyavan has and interesting storyline and impressive second half. The non-happening first half mars the overall impact.

Valiyavan: partially strong

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