By Prakash Babu, Showbiz Bites Staff Writer
Cast: Ajith Kumar. Tamannah, Bala, Vidharth, Suhail Chandhok and Munish
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Ajith Kumar’s awaited movie ‘Veeram’ hits the screens. The film was being awaited by his fans after the bombastic historical success of Arrambam (Aarambam). The expectations from the movie were and are sky-high, since his last release was a big hit rather a big blockbuster. Siva directs this venture that casts Tamannah opposite Ajith. Produced by late producer B. Nagi Reddy’s banner ‘Vijaya Productions’, the movie is set in a bucolic backdrop. The film is interesting and catches the viewers’ attention, but it is not to the standards of Ajith’s last release ‘Arrambam’.
The storyline is not novel at all and there are few flaws in the narrative as well. The biggest and the most prominent one is the slow pacing that leaves the viewers slipping into yawning at times. Otherwise the movie is fine. Contrary to the biggest expectations, Veeram might bring up whopping business, which Arramabm had brought up. The slow pacing of the movie and common story may become the hurdle in big collection gain.
The story of the movie reminds us of a Bollywood movie ‘Hulchul (2004)’ starring Akshaye Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Arbaaz Khan, Paresh Rawal and Artshad Warsi. If you have watched Hulchul, you will agree that Veeram’s story walks on the lines of Bollywood flick. Anyway, the interesting thing is that the film develops interest values for the viewers and they like watching it till the final frame.
Vinayagam (Ajith) has four brothers and he has grown up his brothers single-handedly. He stays unmarried with the fears that the woman in the house might make him stay away from his brothers and create a rift among his family members. His four brothers – Bala, Vidharth, Suhail Chandhok and Munish are much violent and leave no stone unturned to dig into fights. Tow bothers are in love and to get married with their loved ones, they need the approval of their elder brother, who disapproves the ladies in house. The only way is to make Vinayagam fall in love with a woman. The brothers now finalize a woman for Vinayagam. Kopperundevi (Tamannaah) is the one, the brothers want Vinayagam to start loving her. Now the brothers begin making plans to get the elder brother go close to the woman. After their efforts, the couple starts loving each other. But now there is a twist in the tale.
Well, the plotline seems not novel at all, as mentioned above, the idea has been borrowed from Bollywood movie ‘Hulchul’. The narrative is laced with few flaws and the main culprit is the slow-pacing of the movie that comes up time and again in first half and then post interval portion. Music is fine by Devi Sri Prasad. Editing is okay. Cinematography is attractive. Dialogues are power-packed. Direction is attention-grabbing.
Ajith Kumar is fabulous in the role of an elder brother. He displays his acting prowess with dexterity. Tamannah looks gorgeous, but hardly finds any good scope to show her acting skills. Santhanam lacks energy. Thambi Ramaiya is effective. Rest of the cast fills the bill as well.
Veeram is interesting and attracts the viewers no matter if the story is not novel and script carries flaws. It makes a good watch.
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