Films like ‘Sethu’, ‘Chithiram Pesuthadi’ and ‘Subramaniapuram’ were not celebrated as soon as they hit the screens. It took time for the audience to do so.
Though ‘Vanmurai Paguthi’, directed by Naga, is not as good as the above three films, it is certainly not a forgettable movie. Instead, it should be lauded for delivering a familiar content in an interesting way, that too in a shoe-string budget.
The protagonist (Manikandan) is a good-for-nothing guy who always indulges in some sort of problem. He does not have any job, drinks often and roams around the village.
Elders believe that he would reform himself if he enters wedlock and start hunting for a bride. However, no one in the locality is ready to marry him since they are aware of his habits.
Somehow, his wedding gets fixed with a girl (Rafia Jaffer), who is a relative of his neighbour. Their engagement too happens.
In the meantime, the brothers of the girl go to jail after murdering their uncle who bumped off their father in a property dispute. The hero and the heroine wait for their marriage and fall in love with each other.
However, the girl’s family comes to know about the bridegroom and stops the marriage. The rest is all about whether the marriage happened or not and what are the consequences of the hero’s short-tempered nature.
Kudos to Naga for presenting a gripping tale without losing nativity anywhere. The lead actors and the supporting cast have performed well.
Music is good, while cinematography by Mahesh and editing by Lingakumar have added value. On the whole, despite its cons, Vanmurai Paguthi wins with its pros.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Review by Naveen