Velaiyilla Pattathari: Film Review – It’s Dhanush’s show all the way

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. 

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  1. Ramya Sathish

    July 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Its a Ture Review & I like it your review and your comments…

    Thank Q.. ( B M S )

  2. Aditya Varma Datla

    July 20, 2014 at 4:45 am


    I think it deserves better than that. I think the reviewer has been very nitpicky in her attempt to criticize the movie. Inferring that the movie is like any other 80’s movies is just absurd. There are only so many human emotions that can be showcased in a commercial cinema and given the large number of movies that have been made in past few decades its only natural that such feelings of deja vu occur. Personally, I don’t care even if it was a straight rip-off from an 80’s movie and I am sure a lot other people of my generation, who have and haven’t watched a lot 80’s cinema will agree with me. It is totally entertaining, I thought the director has showcased the mother sentiment impeccably well.

  3. Shahir

    July 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Dont agree to the review, its one of the best commercial entertainers in a while. And please, by this I in no way mean its a mindless masala movie like Chennai Express or Dhoom 3. Such movies are not made for awards and to put thinking caps on. Its fun, entertaining, and not 1 minute does it make u feel bored. For example it has 5 songs! Any movie, I would be cribbing for an unecessary insertion of a song, but no where do u get this fell. And few mistakes in the review like “But fret not! This will not last for long, take a cue from Dhanush.” Hes unemployed for 3 years! Not long enough?

    The mother sentiment comes up only during post interval for 15 minutes. Story moves on after that.

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