Watching “Vettai” was a good way to kick start this years Kollywood entertainment line up. The story of a mousy cop who takes a 360 degree turn to become a lion has been done many times in the past, but the screenplay of “Vettai” has a fresh take on this concept. The story of 2 brothers – one, a mouse and the other, a lion (I mean their personalities) and their hunt for two of the most feared gangsters in Tuticorin while findng the time to romance and jest around keeps viewers entertained through out the movie. Keeping in tune with M2M’s straight forward style of talking about movies here is a dose of why you should and shouldn’t watch “Vettai” (For all you non-Tamil speaking folks, “Vettai” translated in Tamil means “Hunt”

Reasons to Watch Vettai

  • Madhavan – Charming as ever! He may not quite look like the chocolate boy of the past but only an actor like him can make the role of a mousy personality charming! Also it takes a lot of courage and security for a senior actor of his caliber to tackle a role that is not as heroic as heroes of tamil cinema are intended to be. Hats off to Maddy!
  • Arya – This actor has come a long way. Here is an actor that looks good and can also act. He pulls of the personality of the courageous younger brother perfectly while taking care of comedy and romance.  He breezes through the action sequences and gets the full attention of viewers as he delivers savvy dialogues with the villains.
  • The chemistry between Madhavan and Arya – The viewer can easily imagine that these two could be brothers in real life (barring the super hero stuff of course)
  • Heroines Sameera Reddy and Amala Paul – They manage to look smart and their roles are not as dumb as is common with the roles of leading ladies in hero oriented movies. They make their entrance singing a song about the kind of man they want to marry and it was amusing to note that their list of demands is pretty similar to the ones that girls make these days!!
  • There is actually a story!! It may not be the most original or the most exciting or very obvious but its there…..
  • The absence of a comedy actor! The humor is beautifully interlaced with the rest of the story and the actors themselves take care of this aspect of this movie! It was definitely refreshing to note the absence of a Santhanam, Vadivelu or Vivek with separate tracks of their own!
  • The villain – Bollywood actor Ashuthosh Rana does a great job as he makes a splash on Tamil screens as the bad guy. He has great screen presence and pulls of the role of an urbane rural bad guy to the T! Looks like South Indian cinema has found another baddie from the North!!
  • The supporting cast of the movie is pretty good.
  • The songs were easy on the ears and choreographed well, though I couldn’t recall any of the songs once outside the theatre…
  • The action sequences were stylishly choreographed and balanced throughout the movie and absence of gore made these scenes more digestible. The last 15 minutes were a drag but this can be looked over!

Reasons not to watch Vettai

  • You don’t like any of the main actors.
  • You don’t like the influences of other cop movies while you are watching a cop movie! I thought some scenes were inspired by the Vikram starrer “Saamy”
  • You don’t like super hero stunts!! But then what Indian masala potboiler is made without this aspect??
  • You like “item numbers”  in the films you watch – this is blissfully absent in this movie!
  • You are the type that watches serious cinema

Verdict:  It’s worth the watch if you love total entertainers! Full marks for “paisa vasool” !!

Kudutha kaasuku nalla vasool 🙂

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