3.5 out of 5 (Very Good)
A simple yet different film
Haricharan Pudipeddi Mon, 03 Oct 2011
After a brilliant debut with Kalavani, director Sargunam is back with the most promising and strikingly different film in the year thus far. The movie brings forth the struggle of the oppressed in the most entertaining form coupled with a strong message.
Very few films, even in the past have managed to strike a chord in audiences' hearts. VSV succeeds in striking a chord in its audience hearts as a film with difference in presentation and freshness in script. More importantly, the film has a heart in place unlike other films.
The story revolves Veluthambi, who is driven by an ambition that only education to the underprivileged can take this country to greater levels. But, his father is driven by the ambition that his son should serve in a government job.
Veluthambi packs bags and leaves to a nearby village hoping to educate the children of the underprivileged families. As Velu reaches the village, he is greeted by innocent faces that fear that he would spoil children who are into work.
As time passes by, Velu manages to convince the families to send their children to school. Also, in the same village he falls head over heels for Madhi, daughter of a tea vendor. Fate comes in the form of a government job for Velu. Will he take up the government job or continue following his ambition of educating the underprivileged forms the rest of the story?
Vimal as Velu sparkles on screen with a neat performance. Iniya as Madhi adds flavor to the film, her role brings life to the story that appeared bland initially. Others characters perfectly sync with the story, without appearing boring or unnecessary.
The direction is brilliant with adequate importance to given to screenplay and editing. Generally, in some films in the past, if one department fared well other departments failed because importance was not equally distributed to all departments. The director weaved together elements in required appropriate proportion such that the audience enjoys it. Novel scripts, off late in Tamil, has been well received by audience as they're also expecting something different from usual. Movies like Myna, Kalavani and Angadi Theru are the best examples that we could remember. Now, falling in the same category is 'Vaagai Sooda Vaa'.
Technically also the film fares beyond brilliance. Music by Gibran is a treat for the audience as all songs are listenable and catchy. Cinematography brings the film to life. The film having been shot in 60's period with a village backdrop, reminds the audience only of the cinematographer's brilliance to bring to life a period as lively as shown in the film. Camera by Om Prakash captures some of best frames and presents Pudukottai in the liveliest form.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
3.5 out of 5 (Very Good)