Vetrivel is debutant Vasanthamani’s rural drama casting M.Sasikumar as the main protagonist. Prabhu, Vijee Chandrasekhar, Thambi Ramaiah, Ilavarasu,Renuka, Ananth Nag.
Varsha, and Nikkila have played the other important roles, each of them equally sharing screen space. D.Imman has scored the music to aid the plot based on a rural landscape captured by cinematographer S.R.Kathir. A.L.Ramesh has handled the film’s editing work. Samuthirakani makes a cameo appearance.
The plot is set at the back bone of a feud between Prabhu and Vijee Chandrasekhar who actually are step-siblings. The protagonist Sasikumar’s brother and Prabhu’s daughter wanting to marry each other, serves as the story’s neck, guiding its direction through the twists.
Though the story is based on these two points, it explores several other tracks such as the love story between Miya and Sasikumar while the initial setup of the film is being presented. Credit has to be given to the director for 1.
Presenting the story under a solid pattern 2. Furnishing it with ample and all important characters and 3. Not grinding the same stone. In fact, the story is sure to convince the audience with its touch of originality to a seemingly predictable drama.
Sasikumar impresses with his natural sense of emoting. Though his love track with Miya George is somewhat predictable, it neatly bags the smiles and sensibilities of the audience.
Miya George’s role is relatively smaller in the film, but she lights up the screen, adapting maturely to her character. Premam fame Ananth Nag travels throughout the movie and has played convincingly as a brother in need of help.
Renuka and Ilavarasu play the role of the brothers’ parents with experience. Prabhu does wonderfully to play the role of the village panchayat head.
Vijee Chandrashekar’s role as the antagonist beats up many other Kollywood goons who have been called villains. Varsha and Nikkila impress us as equally as they have impressed the brothers in the story, to whom they play the pair. Samuthirakani’s cameo is clever and comical.
The movie’s technicalities have been handled well. Flawless work is witnessed both on the cinematography side and editing side. Music goes well with the film but will be forgotten once the audience leaves the theatre.
The movie’s only threat will be the mentality of some audience to whom emotional rides are actually a bad roller coaster dive. Comedy by Thambi Ramaiah is as it should be and probably that’s why it might make one feel more could have been done on that front.
Though the movie does well to package a drama with a well plotted screenplay, neatly polished with newness, probably the main enemy for Vetrivel is that the average theatre goer these days wants his day out at theatre to be a bash.
Verdict: Vetrivel doesn’t rob the audience of a good story. It has sweet sensibilities, sour rivalry and palatable drama along with raw comedy on offer