By: Settu Shankar
Monday, August 06, 2007
Veerappu is a remake of the yesteryear Malayalam hit Spatigam. Debutante director Badri has directed the film. Director turned hero Sundar C has proved his capability to act in “heavier” roles. The film is based on the kind of behaviour a father should not have and that a son should have.
"Entha Kuzhanthaiyum Nalla Kuzhanthaithan Mannil Pirakkayile...Avan Nallavanaavathum Theeyavanaavathum Annai Valarpathiley..." is a famous song from one of the late legend MGR's film in 70's. It is also Veerappu’s tag line.
Vedhakkannu (Prakash Raj) is a high school teacher who is known for his hard disciplinary ways. He has won the President’s Award for Mathematics. He doesn’t even spare his won son from his being punished. He always says that his son is the real culprit behind all the mischief that happens in the class. So he punishes him until he finds out who really played the prank.
Due to this harassment by his father, Vedhakkannu’s son turns against him and always opposes hi father in whatever he does. His fear of his father makes him bad at maths. He is good at science and electronics. One of his hobbies and talents is making electronics gizmos – something that his father refuses to acknowledge.
The refusal that he gets at home from his father makes him a rowdy and he runs away from his family. He meets and falls in love with his one time classmate who turns his heart back towards his father and who helps him mends his ways.
For Sundar C, this is a surely a benchmark film. His mannerisms, costumes and style along with 80’d popular sunglass will surely remain in the minds of his fans. His expressionless face has only enhanced his enactment of his role of a ruffian lorry driver in the movie. Prakash Raj has done justice to his role that is if you refrain from comparing him to the great Thilagan who prayed the role in the orignal.
Gopika, in the role of a young teacher, has enthralled the viewer’s hearts. The game that she plays to win over Sundar C’s heart is well shot ands one of the interesting plots of the film. Vivek joins in the fun with yesteryear heroine Anju. His presence in the film’s cast lights up the film. Ilayaraja’s music is also good.
Verdict: very watchable
Cast: Sundar C, Gopika, Prakash Raj, Vivek and Anju
Music: Imman D
Producer: Sujatha Vijayakumar, Krishnamoorthy Vijayakumar
Screenplay and Direction: Badri.