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After her directorial debut ‘3’ which did not do well in the box office, Aishwaryaa R Dhanush announced her next project VAI RAJA VAI in the year 2013. Initially, director Aishwarya’s choice for the lead actor was Atharvaa, but due to schedule conflicts he was unable to work on the project, therefore, Gautham Karthik was signed to play the male lead. Priya Anand was confirmed as the female lead opposite Gautham and Velraj was confirmed as cinematographer for the film. Director Vasanth was cast as Gautham’s father to make his acting debut, while choreographer Gayathri Raguram was signed to play Gautham’s sister, making her return as an actress after a ten-year hiatus. Taapsee Pannu and Daniel Balaji were chosen to play a pivotal role in the film. In November 2014, Dhanush also shot a for a cameo role, reprising his role ‘Kokki Kumar’ he played in the film PUDHUPETTAI. S.J.Suryah has also done a cameo role in the film. The film’s audio was released in December 2014; the satellite rights have been sold to SUN TV. Has Aishwarya Dhanush managed to deliver the first HIT film for herself and Gautham Karthik? Read on, to know!
Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a youngster leading a simple and happy life with his family and girlfriend Priya (Priya Anand). He has a super power from his birth, which he hides from everyone and does not use to avoid others treating him as abnormal. His colleague Panda (Vivek) knows about his power and wants to make money out of it, which lands Karthik in a series of problems. What happens then forms the crux of the story.
As rumoured before the film release, VAI RAJA VAI has its one line inspired from the American film ‘21’. With changes suiting Tamil cinema, Aishwaryaa R Dhanush has come up with a simple and clean entertainer. Except few flaws, sluggish moments and misplaced songs, the film is engaging thoroughly.
The film starts with the sudden placement of ‘Move Your Body’ song in the title credits which was neither interesting visually or adding any value to the film. The next 30 minutes was also sluggish with scenes not taking the movie forward and 2 other misplaced songs. The film gears up from the interval block and gets more interesting in the mid of second half.
Yuvan’s BGM and Velraj’s cinematography has been the biggest assets of the film. Aishwaryaa’s direction has been impressive; some interesting detailings all through the film were good (such as reprising the same actors who used to be Kokki Kumar’s men in PUTHUPETTAI). Dialogues were so simple and good in every scene, like ‘Ithu nee mootai thookki sambaadhicha panam illa, Sambaadhichu mootaiyaa thookkittu vandha panam’.
Coming to performance, Gautham Karthik – the actor in lead role has given an average performance unlike his first film KADAL where he was much more charming and impressive; his acting was good only in the climax portion. All other actors including Priya Anand and Tapsee Pannu have done their part decently. The show-stealer of the film is Daniel Balaji, who is seen in a good role after years in which he has scored high effortlessly. Director Vasanth’s debut as actor was pretty good, whereas Gayathri Raghuram’s acting looked a bit artificial. Vivek’s comedy portions are too good (even better than #VIP) and his combination with Sathish has worked out very well. And, we have a ‘weightu’ cameo by Kokki Kumaru which has a thundering applause in the theater.
Technically, the film is strong. Yuvan’s background score has been the biggest strength of the film; he has given an outstanding BGM after so many films, without which the film would have been so weak. Velraj’s cinematography and rich visuals adds high value to the film. VAI RAJA VAI is good in editing, art direction and other technical departments too. Kudos to the director and team work which has made sure that the film’s running length of 118 minutes engaging!
VERDICT: A simple, interesting entertainer despite few flaws, sluggish moments and misplaced songs! Definitely, Worth a watch!
Review by: Rahman
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