Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Movie Review
“Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu” was released in the year 2006 but it was in the news right from its making. Its first producer Kaja Mohideen attempted suicide and at that time it was speculated that this movie will not see the light of the day. However Manickam Narayanan of Seventh Channel who hadn’t produced a film for sometime came forward to take over this big budget film and in the end the gamble paid with rich dividends. A gamble because Kamal Hassan is undoubtedly a talented actor and a class apart but sometimes few of his films hasn’t worked well at the box-office irrespective of its quality / content. In this “Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu” the producer had the confidence in the box-office potential of the project and he didn’t bat an eye-lid when it came to budget.
The movie was a huge box-office success mainly due to its clear narration and the pace at which the film progresses right from start to finish. The crime thriller genre for some time in Tamil cinema hadn’t witnessed a product with such finesse and the audience irrespective of the gore in the film gave a thumbs up to it and not to forget the natural acting of the lead pair Kamal Hassan and Jyothika. Kamal Hassan looked fit and perfect for the role of a Deputy Commissioner of Police and prior to this release his “Mumbai Express” (a bi-lingual) was a disaster which meant that he was forced to prove a point to his detractors.
The film begins in a small town of Keeranur in Tamil Nadu where Arockia Raj (Prakash Raj) is searching for his daughter who hasn’t returned home from college. In the next morning, he finds signs at his house that indicate his daughter might be no more. Raghavan (Kamal Hassan) comes in as the investigating officer and finds out that Arockia Raj’s daughter is indeed murdered brutally. Few months later Arockia Raj moves to settle in the U.S.
After few more months Raghavan gets the news that Arockia Raj and his wife had been murdered in the U.S and he travels to find out the criminals behind the crime. In the U.S he with a typical hero solving the cases in a jiffy solves the mystery behind the murder and also finds out that there were more who were brutally killed by the killers in Amudhan (Daniel Balaji) and Illamaran (Saleem Baig). In the U.S Raghavan comes across Aradhana (Jyothika) and after a few meetings, love blossoms between them which adds more spice to the main plot. How Raghavan deals with the killers and in the process what are the hardships he had to face is told crisply in this film which has a running time of 174 minutes.
Another highlight of the film is the music by Harris Jeyaraj who has given a different feel to the film with his myriad tones that gel well with the sequences. Also there is the class and style of the director Gautham Menon who had with this film proved once again that his work will always belong to the top league. His team of technicians in Anthony (Editing), Rajeevan (Art) and Ravi Varman (Cinematography) have all made this film a memorable one in the crime thriller genre of modern Tamil Cinema.
“Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu” can be watched any day provided one doesn’t mind the brutal blood shed that gets displayed on screen.