Veeramae Vaagai Soodum: A “hyperlinked” action film entertaining at times

Chennai:

To throw: Vishal Krishna, Baburaj, Dimple Hayati, Raveena Ravi, Marimuthu, George Mariyaan, Kumaravel, RNR Manohar, Akilan and Deepthi

Director: Thu Pa Saravanan

Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Synopsis: Three different crimes that affect ordinary people converge to a point where an ordinary man takes revenge on the person responsible

Rating- 2.5/5

Vishal Krishna’s collaboration with debutant Thu Pa Saravanan has become one of the highest-profile releases since the weekend curfew was lifted. Introduced as an action artist, Veeramae Vaagai Soodum begins with three different storylines – Parisuttham (Kumaravel), a social activist staging a protest to shut down a factory; a bourgeois family where Porus’ father (Vishal) works as a policeman (Marimuthu); and a father-daughter duo (George Maryaan and Deepthi) living normal lives. They have a common thread between them: an aspiring deputy.

The story goes back to the back, where we are introduced to Porus aka Purushothaman who is waiting for the order to be appointed as a sub-inspector. Unlike Vishal’s other films where the camera pans from all angles and we see a jerk flying before finally catching a glimpse of the angry man for the first time, this film introduces us to a mellowed hero who aspires to become a policeman. . Simultaneously, a social activist protests against a chemical factory (an idea that has been put to death since the Sterlite affair in Tamil Nadu), and a girl is harassed by a group of young people from her college.

The first 45 minutes of the film set up the premise, including the introduction of heroine Mythili (Dimple Hayati). The plot picks up speed just before intermission and how Saravanan brings these parallel stories to a point of convergence. The hero’s family faces a loss and finds itself in a difficult situation. Porus addresses these issues and begins to investigate them on his own. One loss leads to several more losses around him, when he learns that all of these crimes are interconnected and, in fact, take place in the same medium at around the same time.

The second half starts on a slow note but gets interesting with some well-choreographed action sequences. The bottle fight video that created a lot of hype around the film before its release was well placed in history.

We are introduced to several characters in the second half as we know where the story is heading. When we see Baburaj’s name as the villain of the film, we expect him to be in line with Arvind Swami in Thani Oruvan or Vinay in Doctor. But her character falls flat in the ensuing cat-and-mouse game. While the age-old sister sentiment worked to some degree in the movie, we wonder why this movie needs a heroine.

There are a few highlights in the film. Thu Pa Saravanan managed to pack the commercial content with a message and some strong dialogues. Vishal as an action hero impresses us again apart from his performance in the climax. The stunt sequences and music by Yuvan Shankar Raja are the saving graces. The editing and outdated cinematography did nothing to elevate the message Saravanan wanted to convey. Overall, Veeramae Vaagai Soodum is watchable and it’s good to see Vishal’s career evolve with a performance-based role.

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