‘Vanamagan’ is the story of a man who comes from jungle into city, who is unaware of civilization or technology. Director A.LVijay has tried to make a film on how we humans have been digging our own graves by exploiting and destroying all natural resources in the name of urbanization and rapid development.
Despite putting aside the issues of plagiarism and references from Hollywood films, Vijay has not been successful in delivering a completely engaging entertainer. The idea of making such a film is interesting, but the film has been so ordinary as a script and in terms making.
The initial 40 minutes of the film was enjoyable to an extent, due to the fresh plot and the scenes that show how Jayam Ravi’s character gets adapted to the urban environment. But, once the film takes a turn as a love movie, it does look very artificial. While we are not convinced about the reason for Sayyeshaa to keep Jayam Ravi with her in her house actually, it is even more unpersuasive for us to see her falling in love with him. The film does not have any strong scenes that could make the spoilt rich girl loving a tribal man appealing or believable. The abrupt placement of romance songs like ‘Yemma Yea Azhagamma’ and ‘Pachchai Uduthiya Kaadu’ were also acting as big speed breakers.
The second half which unfolds the flashback of Jayam Ravi and the search for his tribe gets sluggish halfway. The screenplay post interval does falter a lot making us wonder if this film would progress ahead or not, testing our patience to some extent. The impact of the flashback is also very less. The CG work in some pivotal scenes such as where Jayam Ravi saves Sayyeshaa falling from a cliff was poorly done (though the graphics was good in a few other scenes). The action scenes have been made in a clichéd template, where none of the Police or Commandos does even make the right aim on the target at-least for once. Another issue with Vanamagan is that few messages that are told in the film gets overdone and looks preachy & dramatic over a point of time, such as the ‘AC room and window’ comparison, human’s addiction towards technology and how mobile phones have separated us from our loved ones mentally.
The plus points of Vanamagan are the film’s casting, songs and Tirru’s splendid cinematography. Jayam Ravi has done a fabulous job as a tribal, his underplay was perfect and he just looked like a trained animal in the first half. He has to be appreciated for choosing different scripts every time, but it would be wise enough if he chooses scripts that are even stronger. Debutante Sayyeshaa does impress with her improbable dancing skills and she does act well too. Other actors including Prakash Raj, Velaa Raamamoorthy, Thambi Ramaiah and Shanmugarajan have done their part fairly. Songs in Harris Jeyaraj’s music are a plus point for Vanamagan, whereas the background score reminds us of many popular OSTs from Hollywood.
‘Vanamagan’ could have been a great entertainer with a better script and making. The film is a bearable one-time watch, if you could withstand the sluggish second half.
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