Vedhalam aka Vedalam Movie ReviewPublished: November 11, 2015
Movie : Vedhalam
Directed by : Siva
Produced by : A. M. Rathnam, S. Aishwarya
Written by : Siva
Starring : Ajith Kumar, Shruthi Hassan, Lakshmi Menon, Ashwin Kakumanu
Music by : Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : Vetri
Edited by : Ruben
Production company : Shri Sai Raam Creations
Release dates : 11 November 2015
Running time : 161 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Entertainers and festivals have always been acknowledged as the closest synonyms, especially when a film from A-league superstar arrives, it takes more scope to offer the enthrallment. Following the good success of Veeram, director Siva and Ajith Kumar are back with their second outing titled ‘Vedalam’, the duo Siva-Ajith is back again with the film ‘Vedalam’ that stars Shruthi Haasan and Lakshmi Menon in female lead with a huge bunch of star-cast including Rahul Dev, Kabir, Ashwin, Soori, Thambi Ramaiah, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan and many others.
The film opens with a normal scenario of Ganesh (Ajith Kumar) and his younger sister (Lakshmi Menon) coming to Kolkata. Ganesh gets a job under travel agency to drive cab and during this point, the police department of Kolkata requests all the drivers to inform them if they come across the suspected criminals. On an occasion, Ganesh comes across couple of such miscreants involved in the smuggling and girl trafficking and informs police about them. In turn, the baddies hit Ganesh badly in their place and that’s where the true identity of Ganesh is revealed with mind blasting twists and turns unveiling what’s the real connection between Ganesh, his sister and these roughnecks.
The first prominent feature that adds more highlighting traits to the film is Ajith Kumar’s screen presence… His different dimensions as innocent Ganesh and unbelievably contrast Vedalam turns the theatres in tremendous response. The first half of this film has some sluggish moments and sometimes, the comedic portions by Soori and Shruthi Haasan aren’t really impressive, though it might gain the favour of B and C centre. But the actual speed picks up intensely by the 40 minutes, where there is more power-packed performance by Ajith Kumar. The second half completely gets over the most tremendous impact of Ajith, especially the intermission block and the penultimate to climax portion are massively outstanding. Shruthi Haasan doesn’t get a proper mileage in this movie and her role is just limited to minimal prominence. Lakshmi Menon is finely best with her performance and she has to thank Siruthai Siva for sketching her characterisation with so much of emotions and elegance. Rahul Dev plays a perfect baddie and his final conversations with Ajith by climax are really stylish with some humorous touch. Kabir gets a substantial role and he sticks perfectly to it. Soori, Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan, Bala Saravanan and Kovai Sarala have nothing much to do more with the script.
Background score by Anirudh is encompassing with colossal tracks, especially for the action sequences and couple of songs – Veera Vinayaka and Aaluma Doluma are specially made for Ajith fans. If you’re looking up for some features on the flip side, there isn’t much, except few comedy portions involving Soori and Shruthi Haasan in the first half.
Overall, Vedalam stands out to be a wholesome entertainer for family audiences and mass film buffs as well with right mix of action, comedy and family sentiments.
Verdict: Good show for family and mass groups