Veeramae Vaagai Soodum from Thu Pa Saravanan is a movie that wants to cover up its clichéd tone through some treatment changes. But the freshness they are trying to achieve through this difference in treatment feels more like a scripting gimmick rather than a genuine attempt to present the story in a different way. With a heavily clichéd and predictable content and an exhausting duration, Veeramae Vaagai Soodum is a thriller that would have felt interesting a decade ago.
Porus is our hero. He aspires to be a police officer, and he has been shortlisted for the job. He is this family guy who takes care of his sister and mother. Parallelly we have another track in the movie featuring a common man fighting against an influential person who is trying to get an MP ticket. At one point, the paths get crossed, and the life of Porus changes forever. The challenges he had to face and how he came out of all that is what we see in Veeramae Vaagai Soodum.
The idea is to project the hero as the guy who has the guts to go against mighty people. Thu Pa Saravanan is trying to create multiple stories with a similar trajectory. There are moments in the film where we see the characters played by Vishal, Elango Kumaravel, and George Maryan go through the same frustration and dilemma. But the connecting dots between these parallel stories are weak, and those stories individually also lacked uniqueness. And Vishal being the hero, the emphasis is mainly on his story, which sadly is the most clichéd one in the lot.
Vishal, with that believable physique of a tough guy, is given the role of an aspiring police officer who has a very utopian idea about the police force. His stock expressions are there in the performance, and Porus is never a challenge for him. Baburaj, as the antagonist, gets a fair amount of screentime. But in terms of performance, it’s the same old villain character. Raveena Ravi, as Porus’ sister, gets a good role in the film. Elango Kumaravel was effective in his role that doesn’t have much duration. Dimple Hayathi, as the female lead, doesn’t have much of a purpose here.
The typical feel of the movie in the script development is the main demerit of the film. Saravanan wants us to look at the movie as a thriller. But at no point is the director making an effort to take the film to an unpredictable zone. If the balancing between the three tracks in the film was correctly done, the viewers would have easily rooted for Porus. But the lack of effort to tighten the script makes it look like a lazy attempt at creating a thriller. The editing had its moments in certain areas in misleading the viewer. The fight sequences looked very usual.
Veeramae Vaagai Soodum is that predictable and typical Vishal movie. Customized justice is a theme that never stops to fascinate filmmakers. Unfortunately, the ideas they come up with these days are simply uninspiring, and the end product looks like a lame, rehashed version of an old blockbuster.
With a heavily clichéd and predictable content and an exhausting duration, Veeramae Vaagai Soodum is a thriller that would have felt interesting a decade ago.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended