North Madras and Madurai are the favourite backdrops for our filmmakers to narrate their stories and Vetrimaaran is no exception.
After North Chennai in ‘Polladhavan’ and Madurai in ‘Aadukalam’, the director, along with his favourite hero Dhanush, has once again focussed on North Chennai in ‘Vada Chennai’. Let us check out what the story is and how the movie is.
Anbu (Dhanush) is a carrom player in north Chennai and aspires to become a big name in the game. He is helped in his endeavours by Rajan (Ameer), an influential politician in the area.
In the meantime, Anbu falls for Padma (Aishwarya Rajesh), a chirpy girl, who doesn’t mind delivering cuss words. One day, the government proposes a mega project for the locality, which would snatch away the livelihood of the locals.
This is opposed by Rajan and he gets killed. Now there is a fight between four gangsters- Guna (Samuthirakani), Senthil (Kishore), Velu (Pavan) and Pazhani (Dheena), as to who would come to the top position.
Anbu, who is reluctant to indulge in violence, is forced to take it up in his own hands due to circumstances. In the meantime, there is Chandra (Andra Jeremiah), Rajan’s wife, who wants to avenge her husband’s death.
Vetrimaaran deserves a standing ovation for powerfully portraying the life of people in the northern parts of Chennai. It’s that lively that we feel as if things are happening in front of our eyes.
Dhanush, the national award winning actor, deserves another such honour for his ‘vera level’ performance in this flick. Both Andrea and Aishwarya have meaty roles and they deliver goods.
The rest of the cast, especially Samuthirakani, Kishore, Pavan and Dheena, are superb choices. While Velraj’s cinematography is like Vetrimaaran’s eyes, Santhosh Narayanan’s music reflects the director’s heart.
If you are okay with violent scenes and cuss words, you can spend you pooja weekend at a theatre screening ‘Vada Chennai’. It is a must watch for those who wait for raw and realistic movies.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5