Posted: 18 January 2008 at 2:57pm | IP Logged
Vaazhthugal Movie Review
Director Seeman's 'Vaazhthugal' has dealt with many dimensions of
today's life. The movie, without lashing out any attack on anyone in
particular, tries to draw our attention towards today's lifestyle that gives
little room for finer elements of life and amicable coexistence. It also,
rather indirectly, underlines the importance of adoring one's mother
tongue, which is inherently linked with one's culture.
Seeman, known for his social outlook, has narrated a story of two
pleasant families with divergent outlooks on love. Both families believe in
human values but differ when it comes to love. Can a girl and boy love
each other without hurting the elders and deep rooted family values?
Kadhiravan (R Madhavan) belongs to a small family that has high values.
The noble hearted Kadhiravan is the head of a software firm. He is
skeptical about marriage, as he is scared by the bitter marital experience
of his friend, whose parents have gone to old age home.
He is forced to rethink by Kayal Vizhi (Bhavana), the enchanting
agriculture student, who has got international acclaim. Kadhiravan gets to
see her interview in a TV channel which reveals her wonderful outlook
towards life and relationships.
The interview shows her grand big family with full of aunts, uncles and
cousins, with Tamil names and ruled by the majestic grandpa (portrayed
be Na. Muthusamy of Koothu-P-Pattarai). The home is full of sweetness
and unadulterated love.
Kadhiravan, impressed by the girl and her values, falls for her. He
particularly loves her family, which adores its elder members. He realizes
that he has found his girl and decides to change his mind towards
He wants to win the hearts of the family members instead of approaching
them formally fearing the possible rejection. He enters into the house in
the disguise of an interior decorator and wins the heart of everyone,
including Kayal. He finishes his hidden mission just when he finishes the
job of renovating the huge house.
The problem erupts when the family, which doesn't believe in love, comes
to know about the love. No one in the family is ready to accept the love,
as everyone fears that love would ruin the family. How Kadhiravan and
Kayalvizhi break the ice forms the rest of the story.
Seeman has to be commended for making a film that makes us think
about our life style and changing values. He has driven home the strong
message to society to care for others, especially the elders. He has also
shown that one could make a film without showing anyone as baddie. The
scenes that portray the blossoming of love are poetic.
His penchant for Tamil language is praise worthy. His effort to go for
100% Tamil even at the expense of reality in certain places is admirable,
given the overall atmosphere in the society, where the place for the
ancient language is shrinking. Someone has to bell the cat and Seeman
has dared to do that.
However, there are certain flaws in the screenplay. The grand joint family
falling apart over the issue of love is not convincing. The grandpa's
instruction to everyone in the family to deal the issue with affection
sounds good. But the way it turns out to be violent is hard to digest. It is
hard to believe that the love shared by the traditional family members is
not deep enough to withstand such eventualities. The pace of the movie
could have been better.
The climax, however, is convincing. The dialogues between Kadhiravan
and the grand father are on love, have been well written.
'Chocolate boy' Madhavan, as a kind hearted entrepreneur, is a delight to
watch. His pleasing expressions strengthen the character and the
message. He scores highpoints in romantic sequences. His expressions
in emotional sequences are competent.
Bhavana as Kayal carries the role of a cute young girl with a lot of love
and affection, with ease. She is quite expressive and energetic. The girl is
known for deglamorised beauty and Seeman, who is not the one who tries
to thrive on the glamour element, has utilized her elegant charm
Seeman has introduced a few new faces. Na. Muthusamy, one of the
founders of the unique theatre group Koothu-P-Pattarai, impresses with
his majestic looks and authentic expressions. The man, who has a hand
in shaping up the talents like Pasupathy, handles his role with amazing
ease. He excels in the climax.
Artist Trotsky Marudu, another debutant, looks cool as the father of the
Venkat Prabhu, as Kadhiravan's friend, provides some comic relief. He
handles his role as an experienced actor would do.
Yuvan Shankar Shankar Raja's songs are tuneful and melodious. The
songs Chinna Chinna, Azhagu Nila (written by Paaventhar Bharathidasan),
and Kannil Vanthathum stand out. Na. Muthukumar's lyrics go in tandem
with the theme of the movie. Cinematography by – is beautiful.
Overall, 'Vaazhthugal' is a worthwhile effort by Seeman on the changing
values of our society, with a positive message.