Vetrivel: Film Review – A Tale of Brotherhood and Love

 Verdict: A gripping rural entertainer.

Early this year, Sasikumar starred in the dark and intense film, Tharai Thappattai, and won accolades for his performance. Now, the actor’s latest release, Vetrivel, a rural family-drama, is a genre he’s starred in several times before. Directed by debutant Vasanthamani, Vetrivel tells the story of love, brotherhood and sacrifice. The film is colorful, gripping and narrates the tale of a family drama in a way that it doesn’t feel like a daily soap.
Vetrivel (Sasikumar) is a man who can go to any extent to see his brother happy. He is determined to unite his brother with the love of his life, even if it requires him to sacrifice his own happiness. 
As one has seen, films of this genre often end up being preachy and long, but here’s where Vetrivel stands out. The film is a bit on the predictable side, though there are a few action-packed twists. These may remind you of Sasikumar’s previous films, Nadodigal and Sundarapandian, that revolved around the hero who can give up everything for his loved ones. In fact, the film even features a spoof of Nadodigal, that actually acts like a twist in the film. 
The first half of the film is loaded with funny comic sequences and the romance scenes that take place between Vetrivel and Janani (Miya George). The sequences featuring Thambi Ramaiah add a touch of hilarity to the plot. The scene in which the yesteryear song ‘Inbum Pongum Vennila‘ features is both funny and original. The second half is where the revenge drama sets in. Hard-hitting action sequences sans punchlines, make this an interesting watch. Director Vasanthamani’s story may be set in a familiar template, but what makes it an engaging watch is its sharp writing. However, the climax portion may seem rushed, and the frequent placement of songs also act as negatives for the film. 
Sasikumar shines in his role as the responsible son and brother. Anant Nag who shot to fame with Premam and Neram, plays the role of a brother in this film and does a good job. The performances by supporting artists like Prabhu, Illavarasan, and Nikhila work perfectly for the film. 
Why You Should Watch The Movie:
If you’re a fan of fast-paced rural entertainers, then Vetrivel is for you. It’s packed with commercial elements that are sure to entertain you.

Release Date: 22nd April, 2016
Language: Tamil
Director: Vasantha Mani
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Cast & Crew: Sasikumar, Miya George, Thambi Ramaiah, Viji Chandrasekhar, Prabhu Ganesan, Ilavarasu
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