Sports based movies are rarely made in Kollywood. Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu was the last popular movie in the genre made in Tamil films. Now, Vallinam, which has been in the cans for a last few years, is the latest film on the same genre.
Arivazhagan Venkatachalam directorial movie features Nakul, Mrudhula Basker, Atul Kulkarni, Jagan, Anupama Kumar, Siddharth Jonnalagadda, Amzath Khan, Chandru and others in the cast. While S Thaman has composed the music, Bhaskaran has handled the cinematography department with Sabu Joseph VJ looking after the editing. Now, let us see what the young team has to offer.
After the death of his friend, Shiva (Krishna), a passionate basketballer, he leaves Trichy and comes to Chennai. He joins a college and decides to stay away from the game following the earlier incident. Well, situation brings him to the game again. But in his college, basketball is not given due preference and the management encourages only cricket.
The college management supports cricket because it has won two championships and the game has sponsors too. But basketball has no buyers. Now, the challenge before Shiva is to win a basketball championship. The director brings out the current situation of sports through several situations and it forms the crux of the story.
The movie has an inspiring story and lifts the spirits. Arivazhagan Venkatachalam seems to have taken inspiration from some of the popular movies in this genre to etch an interesting story. He perfectly projects how other games are ignored in the land where cricket is considered as a religion. The director has tried his best to have necessary commercial elements in order to reach out to all section of audience. But it spoils the overall look of Vallinam.
The romantic angles and comic scenes are forcefully added, which backfires. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
In the first half, Vallinam, at parts, appears to be dragging. But the second half is brilliant and completely engaging.
Arivazhagan Venkatachalam has come out with a good film with a message. And he has to be praised for his efforts in the industry, which produces only commercial films to the max.
It is undoubetedly the best movie of Nakul. He has matured as an actor and has come out with brilliant performance. His voice modulation and acting are good. But somehow, he disappoints in climax as his acting appears unrealistic.
Heroine Mridhula Bhaskar is good in songs and plays important role in inspiring her beau. Jayaprakash, Jagan, Amzad, Atul Kulkarni and others have done justice to their roles.
Bhaskaran's cinematography is excellent and S Thaman's music stands out from rest other technical departments.
Vallinam is a good attempt and needs encouragement. It is worth watching once for the efforts put by the young team.