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Viswasam: Film Review – A Massive Entertainer That Tugs At Your Heartstrings

Verdict: The Ajith-Siva partnership gains enough whistles for a Pongal release.

Viswasam is the fourth collaborative venture of director Siva and Kollywood superstar Ajith aka Thala. The film also stars Nayanthara in the lead role and has a strong supporting cast including Vivek, Anikha Surendran, Yogi Babu, and Jagapati Babu. The film was officially announced on the 20th of November 2017 and has been bustling in Kollywood ever since. Produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, Viswasam is both a mass and family entertainer with all the fundamental commercial elements of a ‘Thala’ movie.

What’s Viswasam About:

Viswasam is divided into two distinct halves set in different places and at different times. In the first half, you see Thooku Durai (Ajith), a local village hero loved and pampered by his family and well-wishers. As he invests himself into helping the people around him and solving their daily problems, he bags a good share of enemies to his credit. His life takes a different turn when he meets Niranjana (Nayanthara), a doctor who sets up a medical camp in his village. Impressed by her dedication, Thooku Durai wins her heart through his simplicity and earnestness. The two get married despite their different backgrounds, but soon part ways because of the misunderstandings that creep in. The second half of the film is set in Mumbai, where Thooku Durai and Niranjana’s paths cross again for their daughter Shweta (Anikha Surendran). Viswasam, as the title suggests, is about a man who redeems himself from his past and wins back the trust of his family.

What Works:

Viswasam gives you exactly what the teasers and trailers promised. It ticks off all boxes including action, music, dance, mass dialogues, comedy, romance, and family drama. However, the commercial film facades do not take precedence over the detailed and well-rounded characterization. Thookku Durai is charismatic, witty, and morally upright. Niranjana is educated, bold, brave, and chases after what makes her happy. The romantic segment of the film is quite refreshing as we see a woman in command of her decisions, which is respectfully and happily received by the other end. The chemistry of this unconventional couple is undoubtedly the highlight of the film. Anikha Surendran delivers a brilliant performance and the father-daughter duo is heart-warming. The film has some amazing action sequences with Ajith backed by a surreal background score.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The film is largely predictable and so you know what is coming once the first half is done. However, this not hamper your experience of the film and the emotions of its characters also resonate well throughout. If you are looking for comedy, the first half does not give you much as the overall treatment of the plot is to make the film appear more serious.

Why You Should Watch:

Viswasam will resonate well with the mass audience with all the heroic entries and valiant action sequences. At the same time, it has the right amount of drama, making it an emotional ride as well. The movie gives you a lot of opportunities to whistle, clap, laugh, and shed tears in equal shares, making Viswasam a worthy watch.