Vettaikaran – Tamil Movie Review – 2009

Language: Tamil

Genre: Action

Cast: Vijay, Anushka Shetty, Salim Ghouse, Sanchita Padukone, Srihari, Sayaji Shinde

Director: B. Babusivan

Music: Vijay Antony

Reasons to watch: Only for hardcore Vijay fans who will accept anything that he does is practical and possible.

Reasons not to watch: Stale and obsolete storyline that lacks originality.

Storyline: Ravi aka Police Ravi (Vijay), idolizes Devaraj IPS (Sri Hari) and comes to Chennai with dreams of becoming a police officer. He meets Susheela (Anushka Shetty) during his journey and love blossoms at first sight (the director brings in his usual flurry of duets). It is a college-auto-love routine (versatile, aren’t we?) for Ravi until he encounters Vedanayagam (Salim Ghouse), the treacherous banal yesteryear villain. Ravi tames Chella (Ravishankar) for having sexually harassed his class-mate Uma (Sanchita Padukone). This infuriates Vedanayagam, who happens to be Chella’s dad. Vedanayagam, responsible for Devaraj’s loss of eyesight, family and job, uses his hold over the police and makes life horrible for Ravi. With Devaraj’s moral backing-up, Ravi becomes a gang leader (does it ring any bells?) and puts an end to Vedanayagam’s brutal and cold-blooded efforts using his ‘intelligence’ and super-heroic muscle power. Though Anushka peps up the proceedings and knocks you out with her stunning beauty and screen presence, like in all other Vijay flicks, there is little role for the heroine in this movie too.

In a nutshell, Vettaikaran is yet another B-Grade ‘mass-masala’ movie that borrows it’s ingredients from Pokkiri and Bhagavathy.

Climax Handling: Clichéd…. and all it’s synonyms.

Points: Vijay simply fails to learn from his previous box-office disasters. Despite his charm and dexterity in dancing, there is nothing new that Vijay offers in yet another miserable attempt to emulate and mimic Superstar Rajnikanth. The only positive for this movie is the song “Naan Adicha” in which Vijay showcases his tremendous potential in dance.

Rating:4.5/10

Comments: Don’t watch it. And even if you do…. forget it!