Velaikkaran Review: A thought provoking entertainer!
After the blockbuster success of Thani Oruvan, director Mohan Raja is back with another socially relevant commercial entertainer. This time with a huge star cast led by Sivakarthikeyan and Fahadh Faasil. Amidst all the hype, let’s see how Velaikkaran has fared.
Velaikkaran, just like Thani Oruvan, deals with a very relevant social issue. While that film was about medical mafia this one is about food adulteration. It is again how a film about how a single man leads a fight against the system, but what makes Velaikkaran interesting is its well researched writing. Mohan Raja and Su Ba have evidently put in a lot of efforts in the writing, which acts as the movie’s backbone.
Sivakarthikeyan is sure to reach the next level with this film. It is a career defining role and the actor has performed wonderfully well. Usually known for his humour, Sivakarthikeyan has done much more this time and ticks almost all the boxes. After the writing, the next best thing in Velaikkaran is Fahadh Faasil. Making his Tamil debut with a grey shaded role, Fahadh has towered over every other actor by owning almost the entire second half.
Nayanathara’s portions looked half-baked just like how it was in Thani Oruvan. Her character could have been written much better to utilize the brilliant actress in her. The movie has a massive supporting cast and the director has given atleast one scoring point for them. Veteran actors Rohini and Prakash Raj were the best among them.
Anirudh’s songs became a hit even before the film’s release. His background score is also apt for the film’s mood. He has single handley elevated several mass scenes with his thumping score. Ramji’s visuals and art director T Muthuraj efforts to make the sets look real and convincing deserve a big round of applause. On the negative side, the movie was a tad too long which could have been avoided by chopping of a few portions in the latter half.
In a nutshell, Mohan Raja has given exactly what was expected of him after delivering a film like Thani Oruvan. Velaikkaran is pure desi commercial entertainment with a good social message in it.