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Vada Chennai - Honest Movie Review

‘Jeikurom’o Illaiyo...Modhala Sanda Seiyanum!’ opines Anbu when he earns the enmity of other gangsters. Vada Chennai is the result when you bring together two National Award Winners for a film once again. It is intense, rugged and sticks true to its nature. Vada Chennai is the tale of two gangsters Guna (Samuthirakani) and Senthil (Kishore) who run their illegal business along the coastal line area of North Chennai and how the life of Anbu (Dhanush) interweaves with theirs in such a manner as not to be easily separated. 

Verdict - “Raw! Gritty! Authentic!

Now, the story isn’t completely about Anbu and his life with the gangsters. Instead, the character of Dhanush is entangled into the main plot and it is not a hero-centric film as the story and the other characters play a pivotal role. Vetrimaaran, who is known for his screenplay and also won a National Award had composed the film with much competence as the characters are neatly sketched and every scene was crucial in building the movie. I loved the way the story took time to construct itself onscreen, running on its own pace and most importantly there isn’t any mind-numbing ridiculous songs or clichéd romantic scenes to disrupt the flow. The narrative of the film was in such a way that if something happens on screen, like a murder, it was explained later on in the film without a plot hole. So, there is a steady search for answers for the audience as they weren’t foreseeable. 

The cast of the film was a perfect selection, be it Samuthirakani or Kishore or Daniel Balaji, Vetrimaran has roped in the ‘Best’ for the movie. Andrea Jeremiah unsurprisingly steals the show, yet another vital character and she's impressive as always. The impact she created when uttering the dialogue ‘Enna Patha Thevdiya Mari Iruka?’ is enormous. But, the stand out characters for me was Rajan played by the ace-director Ameer. His character had an emotional narrative which was very interesting to watch.

On an interesting note, I found a similarity and contrast in concept between Vada Chennai and Pa. Ranjith’s ‘Kaala’. First, let me tell you about the similarity, which was, both the films are primarily or basically is about the discrimination of downtrodden and the politicians’ aim of removing them from their own place. Kaala Seth (Rajni) from Kaala and Rajan (Ameer) from Vada Chennai voices for the people, stand against the government and fight for their rights. The contrast in concept which I mentioned is the way both characters fight for their land. What Kaala said that the people from slums are not what Vada Chennai is. Maybe, the timeline in which both movies are set in might answer the contrariness. 

Vetrimaaran seems to not compromise in anything for making the film utterly realistic. They even went for ‘Adults Only’ certification from the censor board without muting the unparliamentary words which was a bold attempt cause that made the film more native. Another pillar to the already astonishing film was Santhosh Narayanan (SaNa) and his pulsating background score. As I mentioned earlier, there weren't dance numbers or a hero introduction song which films of this genre generally tend to have. Instead, the songs blended well with the scenes. SaNa did know when to use the background score, thereby elevating the film on a tremendous level. 

A movie without a flaw? I would dare to say, Vada Chennai is undoubtedly the best movie of 2018. All the fans of ‘Pudhupettai’, who were asking for its sequel, Dhanush is back again but as Anbu. Congregated with a gripping narrative, intriguing characters, impressive performances and overall some masterful storytelling this movie is Cinematic Brilliance.

My Rating – 4.5/5 | Grade – A+ (Don’t Dare to Miss It!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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