Vedhalam Movie Review

Cast: Ajith, Lakshmi Menon, Shruti Haasan, Soori
Direction: Siva
Production: A M Rathnam
Music: Anirudh Ravichander

‘Vedalam’ is a movie which is basically based on sister sentiments. Ganesh (Ajith) and his sister Tamizh (Lakshmi Menon) come to Kolkata to pursue her education. He works as a taxi driver and one occasion he helps the cop to catch a key member of the underworld. As a result, he is now being wanted by the villains. The story gets a twist when it is realised that he is in Kolkata to catch the baddies. What happens next is the interesting part of the story.

In the film, Ajith Kumar plays the role of a North Madrasi rogue who will do anything for money. He leads a happy life with his sister played by Lakshmi Menon. Things were fine in their family till the day of encounter between three baddies. A series of unfortunate incidents change their lives upside down, and now the main protagonist of the movie Ajith Kumar starts his journey of revenge, and he plans to destroy the villains from grass root.

The transformations in look, body language and attitude that Ajith brings about are bolstered. The variations he brings as the innocent guy in Kolkata and the ‘Thara local’ Vedalam in Vada Chennai are thoroughly enjoyable, especially his sarcasm and penchant for old Tamil songs in his Chennai avatar. But, the real screamer of all his scenes is his ‘changeover’ – it’s pure fireworks!

Lakshmi Menon’s is perhaps the next most important character in Vedalam and she holds up well in scenes with Ajith. In fact, it is her character that forms the motive for the entire story. Shruti Haasan’s biggest contribution to Vedalam are some genuinely funny moments, one in a court and then some along with Suri, which help in creating a light mood.

Siruthai Siva has succeeded to maintain equal balance between emotion, mass elements and action scenes. The director created a good interval punch. Some of the comedy scenes (headed by the likes of Soori, Kovai Sarala, Rajendran, Balasaravanan, Swaminathan, Sivabalan) don’t work out as intended and the sentiment scenes go overboard into the melodramatic territory.

Vedhalam is a overall commercial action pack movie.