Veeram is the historical epic drama, which is written and directed by Jayaraj. Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor essays the central character in the movie. Veeram is produced by Chandramohan D Pillai and Pradeep Rajan, for Chandrakala Arts.
The movie depicts the story of Chathiyan Chanthu, a warrior from Malabar region of Kerala. Chanthu was brought up by his maternal uncle, after the demise of his parents.
Chanthu falls madly in love with his childhood friend Unniyarcha but betrays her brother Aromal Chekavar out of lust and greed. What happens to Chanthu's life forms the crux of the story.
Cast & Crew
Kunal Kapoor As Chathiyan Chanthu
Kunal Kapoor, who has played Chathiyan Chanthu completely sinks in with the character with his exceptional looks and body language. But the actor struggles when it comes to the dialogue delivery, and leaves us disappointed.
Screenplay & Direction: Jayaraj
Jayaraj, the National award-winner has succeeded in bringing up a magnificent movie experience, which is a totally new experience for Mollywood. He has done a fabulous job in the technical department, by roping in the best possible technicians.
But, the movie lacks the punch, which is needed to engage the Malayali audiences who are much familiar with the storyline. The casting of the movie is a total disappointment.
Himarsha Venkatsamy as Unniyarcha
Himarsha Venkatsamy, the popular model turned actress appears as Chanthu's love interest, Unniyarcha. The actress simply sets the screen of fire with the glamorous screen presence, but failed to impress with her acting chops.
Shivajith Nambiar as Aaromal Chekavar
Newcomer Shivajith Nambiar, who essayed the role of Aaromal Chekavar, delivered a decent performance and scored with the perfect dialogue delivery.
Divinaa Thackur as Kuttimani
Newcomer Divinaa Thackur has essayed the role of Kuttimani. The actress has also made a mark with her charming screen presence but fails to deliver an impressive performance.
Cinematography: S Kumar
S Kumar's breath-taking visualisation is the backbone of the movie. The cinematographer has created a perfect backdrop for the historical epic drama. Especially, the visuals of Agenta caves are simply magnificent.
Music: Jeff Rona
Jeff Rona, the American musician makes a decent debut with the captivating background score which totally goes hand-in-hand with the narrative. The songs are just average.
Other Technical Aspects
A great applause to the dubbing artists, who made brought life to the characters by delivering the ancient 'Vadakara' slang with extraordinary brilliance. Kudos to director Jayaraj's decision to mix this not-so-explored slang with the dramatic dialogues.
Appu Bhattathiri's editing has helped the narrative to develop smoothly. Action choreographer Allan Poppleton has done a fabulous job with the exceptional action sequences.
The graphics and visual effect teams have also done their part perfectly. Costume department deserves a special mention for the unique appearances of each actor, even though they do not match with the traditional concepts.
A technically brilliant movie, that would have gone to another level with a better star cast and performances.