Vadhiyar Review

'Vaadhyar' has Jayasurya playing Anoop Krishna, a young man who ends up being a teacher, though it's the last thing he wants to be. With his dreams and aspirations hovering around a metro, where he pursues a dream job that earns him quite a bit, Anoop finds it difficult to teach Malayalam to a bunch of kids in a classroom that is literally falling apart.

Any aspiring teacher who walks into a class with a T-shirt that screams 'Drink Beer, Save Water', obviously doesn't have a clue as to what teaching is all about. The guy does know that the essential requirements to become a teacher are a B.Ed degree and ten lakhs of rupees, but clearly, he should have read about it in the news papers.

The kind of act that he puts up in the class is even more obnoxious. The intention perhaps was to show his disinterest in being in class, but the manner of portrayal is way over the top. He uses his laptop to show movies to students while he chit chats on the phone, lying on the back bench! He offers chewing gum to the entire class and the kids chew away to glory! Where is this place? Timbuctoo?

All it needs for Anoop Krisnan to see sense, is an IAS officer (Jayakrishnan) doing a Mammootty in 'Katha Parayumbol'. The civil servant speaks to an audience as to how Anoop's dad who was a teacher, had moulded his personality, and Anoop decides to turn over a new leaf. As the son of an illustrious teacher, why was it that he had never had an opportunity to realize how great a teacher his dad was!?

The epic transformation that is brought about in the school post Anoop's transformation into the ideal Guru is astounding. The man who wanted to be a post graduate in Business Administration sets himself to the task of renovating the school and in no time the school likes a children's park. Wonder where all the funds came from!

No effort has been wasted to praise the public education system to the hilt, but what is appalling is the way digs have been made at the private education system. The obvious contributions that both these educational systems have been making are ignored. A private school that has a Head Mistress who speaks decent English (Geetha Vijayan) is depicted as robbing ordinary parents (and their children) of their joy. A flustered mother (Kalpana) who is unable to speak English makes a similar confession to the Head Mistress of the Government Aided school; but not before letting the private school head get a piece of her mind.

This antagonism that the film harbors towards English is obvious in another statement that challenges an English man to pronounce 'Dhritharashtrar'. Very funny, is all I can say, since even as there is a proclamation that no language is superior or for that matter inferior to another, an attempt is made to prove the supremacy of one over the other. In another scene Anoop displays his verbal skills in English, at the end of which he affirms that he has had his schooling at a public school.

The script thus meanders over petty issues as these and skirts some very real issues casually. 'Vaadhyar' as a film leaves a lot to be desired, and would in all probability be taught a tough lesson at the box office.

'Vaadhyar' as a film leaves a lot to be desired, and would in all probability be taught a tough lesson at the box office. Rating: 1.5 - Veeyen