Vazhakku En: 18/9 Movie Review
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Vazhakku En: 18/9 Movie Review

Director Lingusamy who is being hailed off-late as a man with midas touch when it comes to masala films has taken the mantle of a producer in this “Vazhakku En: 18/9”. Balaji Shakthivel who made heads turn with his “Kadhal” in the year 2004, has tried a similar attempt but with a storyline which is less entertaining and a screenplay that needs a lot of improvement. Overall the combination of Lingusamy and Balaji Shakthivel have erred way off the mark in the name of giving the audience a meaningful film.

The film has two inter-linked plots, one is that of a love story between Velu (Sri) an orphan who works in a road side shop and Jothi (Urmila Mahanta) a maid servant in an apartment. On the other plot there are school students Dinesh (Mithun Murali) who is a spoilt brat filled with lust on Aarthi (Manisha Yadhav). It is in this inter-linking of both the stories, director wanting to do justice to both the plots has failed miserably.

In the post-release interviews, Balaji Shakthivel has said that he was told by his well-wishers that this film is an example of how a Tamil film should be made and if it was really the case, then it is really a bad sign for Tamil cinema. In the scenes where the story between Velu and Jothi unfolds, the projection is on a 35mm module assuming that the makers wanted to show the rawness / background of the subject while the scenes which has Dinesh and Aarthi it is projected on a Cinemascope format wanting to show the richness of the subject which is totally unwanted for. And again, another bad example of handling technology in the name of “meaningful cinema”.

The next is the choice of actors, to be point blank none of the four actors are good in acting. The subject required actors who are way beyond the “meets expectations” bar but all four doesn’t even qualify to meet. The supporting actors too are of the mediocre type only. It is too critical on the actors considering the fact that they are all debutants but when there are so many talented actors waiting in the wings to get a chance, these people have squandered the golden opportunity given to them.

The screenplay can’t get any dragging than this, the movie which has a running time of 120 minutes looks like eternity to finish. The ending which was expected to be a sad one goes really bad and just showing a half burnt face doesn’t help in gaining the sympathy of the audience. Also, when films are being held responsible as showing the reflection of the society, why does a policeman always have to be a villain? There are so many good souls in the police department which hardly gets shown in a “realistic” film like this one.

Music is handled by debutant Prasanna who fails to give the emotional feel to the film. Probably, Joshua Sridhar could have done more justice. Cinematography by Vijay Milton is good in patches.

Overall a director who was supposedly good in handling emotional subjects has turned cropper and the producer who is known to understand the pulse of the audience well has for some reason failed to understand that a commercially released film has to have some entertainment aspect in it. The box-office fortunes on this film looks very bleak.

“Vazhakku En : 18/9” is a complete disaster.

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  1. Chandrasekar AT 6 May, 2012 at 05:38 Reply

    The person who had written this article should stop writing review for tamil cinema( try hollywood.. see last sentence for reason). I am not emotional or attracted to the movie too.. the movie is average but not to be reviewed like this lewdly. we can appreciate the effort the director for giving tamil cinema fans, a meaningful movie and the message for society.Hats off for his boldness.. by the by, u can try hollywood review i think.. because they are very big budget movies, so your finding faults in all area (from cast,cinema technique to which climax suits) may help them very much too compared to low budget tamil cinemas

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  2. Krishna 12 May, 2012 at 09:38 Reply

    This review is a black mark on .. the reviewer seems more like a mad man who hates the director rather than anything else … If reviews are gonna be this one dimensions, i would have to probably stop viiting this site … Useless !! The movie btw, was neat and worth a watch.

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  3. rajesh 19 May, 2012 at 20:03 Reply

    This is one of the best review i have ever seen for the filthy tamil cinimas.vulgarity,filthy,dirty,nasty scenes are shown as realistic in society.we people though born in such reality, we dont want that nasty in movies too, we want to be happy atleast in that 2hrs by paying 5o rupees.also tamil movies never bother about the children who see the moview with their brainless parents.though movies are graded U AND A, in india who bothers abouth that grade particularly for regional movies. so we are creating a filthy society , and fall in a deep viscious cycle by making this kind of nasty movies.

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  4. sangeeth 27 May, 2012 at 20:08 Reply

    Are you kidding everyone by publishing this review? Please stop reviewing movies as you have totally lost it. Being a regular so far, I will never visit this site again for movie reviews.

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  5. Shyam Sundar 4 June, 2012 at 13:25 Reply

    This is a bad review. “Vazhakku En : 18/9 is a complete disaster.” This movie had some drawbacks but calling it a complete disaster!

    I agree with almost of all the previous reviews. But this one changed my opinion on silent critics. I will no longer be looking for reviews here. Right now behindwoods is good. They review new movies very fast.

    – Shyam Sundar (Chennai)

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  6. Madhu 16 July, 2012 at 04:14 Reply

    I recently came to know about this website and was thinking of following it. Thankfully I read the review of vazhaku en, which convinces me that the reviewers is not worth following.

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  7. shyamala 24 October, 2012 at 08:36 Reply

    Silentcritics: A complete disaster. A website which is not worthy of even being in the internet. Having hired persons for whatever pay, this website is so foolish as to publish these cheap and low graded reviews without even the proof reading. Not the slightest respect for media justice. An utter waste website.

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