Fans of Dhanush will easily want his 25th film to be a milestone in his career – and the film Velaiyilla Pattathari does curb the appetite of his fans – it exalts Dhanush in full heroism. Projecting the actor in a complete entertainer, the director tries to fold a consistent narrative. This, despite the stagnant and ingenuine story.
If you’re an unemployed youth, then life at this stage is at its lowest. Ridiculed by family members, facing situations where it hurts your self-esteem and nudged around to do household chores – everything seems terrible. But fret not! This will not last for long, take a cue from Dhanush.
After he lands himself a job, you see Dhanush walk in style, leading a group of determined youth, mouthing punch dialogues and flaunting his six packs.
The film traces the life of Raghuvaran, an unemployed youth who aims at finding a job, keeping in mind the norms of the society. Remember the powerful story in the ’80s where a loved one’s death would be the motivational factor for the protagonist to reach his goal? This one is employed here. Another factor of the ’80s is the over-brimming mother sentiment. How long will Tamil cinema repeatedly showcase this? But here the film has his own twist. Nothing exceptional but, this element is still a factor to pull the story ahead. You know when Surabhi appears – when you see a divine light directed towards her. And you also know when Amala Paul will appear, it’s when you see the time period title card roll in.
The film begins on a rather slow and inconsistent note, thereby never revealing any precise detail of the plot. You later find yourself expecting the story to unfold in the second-half, but sadly nothing spectacular happens. But what you will witness, is a second-half brimming with punch dialogues, but not in the Angry Young Man kind of way. But this one is "in your face, now what?" kind of way. And Dhanush’s demeanor elevates it. His performance of a dejected and a frustrated youth is fantastic. It’s amusing how he can easily submerge himself in the varied moods of a commercial entertainer. Saranya and Samuthirakani give top-notch performances, without overdoing their part. Anirudh’s background score is the highlight in the film. Vivek’s comic scenes seem perfectly-placed, and are sure to provide laughs. In this hero-centric movie, it is needless to say that film will deliver what the audience crave for – defying all odds and doing the impossible, so that in the end the hero wins. And this film celebrates the heroism, in the form of Dhanush.
Why should you watch this film?
Overall, Velaiyilla Pattathari is sure to appeal to fans of Dhanush. After all, Dhanush has returned to give a full-fledged ‘masala’ entertainer after a hiatus. Whether or not you’re a Velaiyilla Pattathari, this movie is sure to connect with you in a way. Watch it for Dhanush’s terrific performance.