Director Vijay has worked with stars like Ajith Kumar, Vikram, Vijay and Arya. He made commercial movies in his own style and tasted success. But unfortunately, his last two movies (Thaandavam and Thalaivaa) did not meet the audience expectations. His decision to woo mass audience made him compromise on what he believed in.
The director, who married Amala Paul recently, is now returning with his latest project Saivam. This time, Vijay is making the movie without any star cast. He wants the story to be the real hero and has chosen actors as per the script's needs. Nassar, Baby Sara, Luthfuden Baasha, Paul Manoj, Shanmugarajan, Kausalya, Kalyanai Natarajan, Shakti and others are in the cast.
Saivam has GV Prakash Kumar's music and Nirvah Shah's editing with Anthony taking the responsibility of editing department. Now, let us see what the movie has to offer.
The movie promotes vegetarianism. The opening note of the movie says that the film is dedicated to vegans. So, one could easily expect Saivam to have a message on it and the director conveys it without any exaggeration. Hence, even those who consume non-vegetarian will not get bored or get irritated. Kathersan (Nassar), is a respectable man, who is settled in a village with his son and granddaughter Tamilselvi (Sara).
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The other members of the film, who have settled in other places, come to the village and the real story begins from here. A bad omen reminds Kathersan of a 'Nerthikadan' (a practise of offering god something if their wish comes true). Three years before, the family had promised the local deity of offering an animal and it has not been fulfilled yet. So, they believe that it is the root cause of all problems. Hence, they decided to offer 'Pappa', a rooster nurtured in their house, to the God.
But Tamilselvi, the cynosure of all eyes, loves 'Pappa' very much and doesn't like the rooster to be killed. The little girl wants to save it. All she does and whether she succeeds in her mission form the crux of the story.
Saivam throws light on our family value system and also tells us the importance of being compassionate and having empathy for others. The characters in the movie also show the attitude of urbanites towards their rural counterparts. Not to forget, Vijay tells you that village kids are no less to the children brought up in cities.
Vijay successfully conveys that offering animals to Gods will not solve any problem and he encourages audience to love animals.
People will fall in love with Sara again after Deiva Thirumagal. She shines like a moon in the dark sky. Nassar and other casts have done complete justice to their roles. In the end, you will start loving each and every character in the movie.
Director AL Vijay's screenplay gets full marks and his casting, undoubtedly, works big time for Saivam. There is no room for vulgarity, fights or item number in the movie. GV Prakash's music and Nirvah Shah's cinematography are top notch.
Verdict: Saivam is a clean and well-made family entertainer. It won't be an exaggeration if we say that the flick as the best movie of Vijay till date.