We all know the saying ‘old is gold’ and have been told time and again that we should never forget the past. But there is one man who works with this saying close to his heart. It is none other than our very own Director N.Linguswamy who has taken us back to one of the oldest story bases of Tamil cinema. Linguswamy is back with Vettai after his 2010 super hit ‘Paiyaa’. (Yes, even I’m wondering how that happened!) With a star cast like Arya, Madhavan, Sameera Reddy and Amala Paul, Vettai obviously created a lot of hype before its release. But it all falls flat with a storyline which is basically a patchwork of scenes from different Tamil movies. What more can you expect from a Linguswamy film?.
Thirumoorthy (Madhavan) and Gurumoorthy (Arya) are brothers who share a strong bond and come from a family who have for generations been in the police force in Thoothukudi. Thiru is timid by nature and always depends on his younger brother Guru to fight his battles for him. After their father’s demise, Guru forces Thiru to take up their late father’s job as a sub-inspector and he unwillingly concedes. Guru then in the guise of his brother goes about tackling the two major baddies in town- Annachi (Asutosh Rana) and Maari, while Thiru just sits back and enjoys the praise and appreciation. Of course, in the mean time we have 2 sisters Vasanthi (Sameera Reddy) and Jayanthi (Amala Paul) from the same town who fall in love with the 2 brothers and a sequence of songs for both couples follow.
Annachi however soon figures out that it is Guru who is doing all the work and things turn around for the worse. We then witness how the 2 brothers take on Annachi in a typical commercial mass movie way.
A movie just can’t get more cliché. Even though it’s not a movie from which we’ll be waiting to walk out from, it definitely has nothing that’ll keep us in there either. The funny part is how Sameera Reddy has more scenes with Arya than with Madhavan who she is actually paired with for the movie. Actually it’s probably better that way because Madhavan and Sameera will surely come last if they write a ‘chemistry’ exam.
All the performances are decent. The casting is good too. Madhavan fits his role as a cop well and the fact that he looks more pregnant than his supposedly pregnant wife in the film adds to the authenticity. An Indian police officer indeed. The most annoying part of the movie has to be the dialogues. Brinda Sarathy in him attempt to script out ‘mass’ dialogues, successfully manages to get on our nerves, especially in the climax. Yuvan’s songs are forgettable but his BGM makes up for it. Even Nirav Shah’s camera work couldn’t help the cause of the movie. The movie is funny in parts and we do have a few good scenes here and there but on the whole it is rather disappointing.
Vettai will definitely bring out the mathematician in you because you will be busy counting the number of times you have come across a similar storyline.
Vettai, go for it! (Don’t blame us if you don’t come back).