World is not enough
Director Manoj Beedha tries to convey so many things in one package in ‘Vanjagar Ulagam’, a film which is a crime thriller, gangster flick and a neo-noir movie.
With this technique, Manoj presents us a variety in narration. However at times, this very advantage becomes a disadvantage as we get confused between scenes while watching the movie and even after coming out of the theatre.
Shanmugam aka Shaam (Ciby Bhuvanachandran) is a journalist and is always under the influence of alcohol. One day, his neighbour Mythili (Chandini Tamilarasan) gets murdered and the blame falls on him.
But Vishagan (Vishagan Sulur Vanangamudi), a fellow-journalist, decides to investigate the case as he wants to lure an elusive gangster Durairaj.
He also seeks the help of Durairaj’s former Man Friday Sampath (Guru Somasundaram) in his attempt to woo the don. In the meantime, a police officer Mahalingam (Azhagamperumal) is also behind Durairaj.
Who has really committed the murder, is Shanmugam freed or not and whether Mahalingam and Vishagan are able to achieve the mission form the rest of Vanjagar Ulagam.
Ciby Bhuvanachandran has come up with a carefree presentation and Guru Somasundaram is in his usual best. The likes of John Vijay, Chandini, Hareesh Peradi, Anisha Ambrose and Vishagan Sulur Vanangamudi are right choices for their respective characters.
Sam C S is going great guns in his career as music composer and ‘Vanjagar Ulagam’ is yet another pearl him. Cinematography is the other big highlight of the movie, while dialogues are heavy in certain scenes.
On the whole, ‘Vanjagar Ulagam’ is a mixed bag of positive and negative things and you can enjoy it if you are a lover of movies with difference.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5