The film is at the most a series of actions which stretch out and sometimes do not have a purpose.
Vijay (Vijay Arun) is an orphan brought up by a widow (Seetha). He regards her son Vadhan (new face, Jerovadhan) as his own younger brother. He is emotionally attached to Vadhan and becomes a doting elder brother. He is ready to give or do anything for his brother who cannot face failures. To make Vadhan the college union chairman, Vijay fights a gang of goons headed by Sathya (Sathyaprakash) risking his life.
He incurs the wrath of Sathya who waits for an opportunity to strike back. Vadhan is not only eccentric but suddenly becomes a heart patient. He is so pampered by Vijay that one day he points to a girl, Veda (Sheela) and expresses his desire to marry her without knowing that she is Vijay's sweetheart and they are already in deep love. Though shocked and dismayed, Vijay persuades Veda to marry his brother. Vijay sacrifices his love not only out of affection for his brother but as an expression of gratitude to the family in which he has grown up.
On the 'first night', Vijay is swept off his feet when he finds Veda sitting in his room and she reveals to him that she is pregnant. Vadhan overhears them and leaves home feeling wretched. Sathya, who has been waiting to take revenge on Vijay, kidnaps him and tortures him. The mother and the girl are in a loop with both the boys missing. When the villain is there, the police are not far behind.
Vijay Arun gives a mature performance. He strikes a chord with his expression of surprise and anxiety when he sees Sheela sitting in his room on the night of her wedding with Vadhan and when he forces her out of his room. Scenes depicting him as a man who is mentally shattered, looking thin and haggard with disheveled hair and beard and anguish in his eyes are moving. He makes one forget it is Vijay Arun who is acting. His commitment is commendable.
Sheela emotes well and handles her weighty role with fervour.
This is Jerovadhan's first film and his inexperience is showing.
Sathyaprakash looks really threatening as the villain who runs a virtual prison for those abducted by his gang.
Venkat Bose is impressive in his role as 'Encounter Veerapandi'. Karunas is given a short comedy role as agent for recovering two-wheeler loans.
Seetha fills the hearts with pathos as a grieving mother having lost her sons as well as daughter-in-law.
Srikanth Deva's music passes muster.
Director Nityakumar is hamstrung by Vasu Basker's story and screenplay. It is not a straight narration. Multiple tracks confuse the audience. The logic is the first casualty.
With too much melodrama and too many songs "Veda" can be rated among those run-of the mill flicks which only test the patience of the viewers and assail their sensibility.
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