CAST: Ajith Kumar, Tamanna, Santhanam, Vidharth, Santhanam, Pradeep Rawat, Abhinaya
RUNNING TIME: 155 minutes
AJITH Kumar’s Arrambam was one of the biggest hits of last year. After the success of this movie, the actor is returning with Veeram, so expectations of the film are high, and the trailers, along with promotional materials, just add hype.
In many ways, Veeram stands different from Kumar’s last few movies. He was seen in modern avatars and urban-centric subjects in Mankatha, Billa 2 and Arrambam. But in the latest film, we’ll see him in dhoti-clad avatars except in some songs. The storyline is set in a village backdrop.
Audiences have welcomed the film with a minor action sequence. With Vinayagam’s (Ajith Kumar) brother fighting hard with their enemies, the movie makes us think that it could be a complete action entertainer. But as the story progresses, people will be surprised to see a family-oriented movie packed with action.
Vinayagam and his brothers, played by Vidarth, Bala, Munish and Suhail, are bachelors and well-settled. The elder brother loves the younger ones to the core, and sacrifices his happiness for their good.
They are often caught in fights and they are proud of it. Santhanam plays the role of an advocate, who bails them out whenever legal issues arise because of their brawls.
Though the four younger brothers say that they don’t want to either fall in love or get married, when Vinayagam is not around, they all have their secret lovers.
Now, in order to get the green light for their love stories, they decided to make him fall in love with Kopperundevi (Tamanna Bhatia). Can Vinayagam change himself to win his love?
Basically, Veeram has two main plots. The first half of the film is dedicated to Vinayagam’s carefree fighting lifestyle with his brothers; the second half takes us to his desire to win over his love and the family members of his leading lady.
The first half of Veeram is packed with action sequences and comedy scenes. The director takes his time to build the plots. The second half is engaging and entertaining with all the necessary commercial ingredients.
A family audience will love the second half more than the first half. It is a welcome change for Ajith Kumar to do a rurally based story. It is nice to see him in a vesthi-clad role after a few years.
Kumar’s acting is nothing short of excellent. His stylish looks, fights and body language are a treat to watch.
Tamanna Bhatia is not just limited to adding a glam quotient to the film. Santhanam brings out the funny throughout the film. Vidarth, Bala, Munish and Suhail have played their parts well.
However, when it comes to the role of villain, Pradeep Rawat’s, Atul Kulkarni’s and Avinash’s roles are not powerful and audiences will easily forget them.
Devi Sri Prasad joined hands with Kumar for the first time.
He has managed to give us a few hit songs in the film. Nallavannu solvaanga, Ival dhaana and the title track are our picks. His background score is worth praising.
Cameraman Vetri shines again with his cinematography. His work is brilliant in some songs and action sequences.
Kasi Vishwanathan’s editing is neat. He should be praised for a well-finished look for Veeram. Last but not least, director Siruthai Siva should be patted on his back for knowing his responsibilities well.
He has brought the best out of the team and he should also be appreciated for writing the story, screenplay and dialogues.
Veeram is such an entertaining movie, audiences will hardly find drawbacks. The entertainment quotient is high and it can be enjoyed by all sections of audience. – oneindia.in
• Exclusively screening at Ster-Kinekor cinemas at Gateway in Durban and at The Zone in Rosebank, Joburg.