Lingusamy’s Vettai is a racy mass entertainer with all the ingredients mixed in the right proposition. No doubt that the director understands the pulse of the common man and has beautifully packaged it with all the essential commercial elements to suit the taste of the masses.
The multi starrer is targeted at audiences who want to have a great time without thinking too hard and the film weaves a spell on the viewer with some electrifying action scenes and comedy. The story is wafer-thin but it is the characterisation which guarantees maximum entertainment.
Gurumurthy (Madhavan) and Thirumurthy (Arya) are siblings who bond from childhood and care for each other. Their father is a police officer in Thuthukudi. The brothers are different as chalk and cheese in their approach, attitude and body language. Guru is yellow livered coward who always lives in fear, while Thiru is fearless and aggressive in nature.
In contrast, there are two sisters Vasanthi (Sameera Reddy) - fiery and street smart and Jayanthi (Amala Paul) a bubbly girl who live with their granny. Guru marries Vasanthi and in the process, Thiru falls in love with Jayanthi.
Meanwhile, after the death of their father, Guru joins the police force on Thiru’s insistence. Guru the coward aided by his dare devil younger brother Thiru, soon locks horns with the mobsters Annachi (Ashutosh Rana), Suruli (Srijith Ravi) and Mari (Muthukumar). The brothers try to clean up the city of the scum’s of the earth, which leads to the climax.
The director was clear from the beginning that it is a fun ride. And he has provided Vettai as the perfect hunt for the festival audiences with stars, glam factor, action, humour and songs in the right mix. The commercial format has also been reworked to avoid heavy dose of sentiments or silly stereotypes in the story.
It’s difficult to pin point, which shines more in the film, as everybody was given a well-defined character that fitted their age and body languages. The rapier –sharp synergy between the lead actors brings to life the narrative. But there some very nice moments which stand out especially the scene in which Madhavan gets up from the wheelchair and jumps the fence to save his brother.
Hats off to Madhavan, for accepting the role of a coward with his unrivalled comic timing, as the audiences root for him. It is Sameera best ever role after Vaaranam Aayiram and she has done full justice to it. For a change her lip sync and Chinmayi’s dubbing brings out the fiery nature of the character.
Amala Paul is lovely to look at and her feisty performance proves that a star is born. The film is a showcase not so much for Arya’s acting, but for his scorching screen-presence, action hero image and humour. Ashutosh Rana is good.
On the downside, the American Maapillai scenes looks forced and thrust into the narrative. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is peppy and adds to the mood of the film. The opening song Tham, Tham.. and Kattipettai, Kattipettai… are hummable.
Count among other things Nirav Shah’s camerawork, especially his song picturisation and top angle shots which makes action and song sequences look vibrant. Anthony’s editing and Rajeevan’s art work makes the film technically sound.
On the whole, popcorn entertainers are best enjoyed when they aren't overanalyzed, and Vettai is no exception. It’s a delicious one-time watch for this Pongal season.
Verdict- Paisa Vasool