After 3 long years of hiatus, Silambarasan (Simbu) is back on the big screen as his much awaited film Vaalu has finally swooped into theatres all over the world. A long wait has elevated the movie's expectations among Simbu fans. Does Vaalu has enough in it to quench the star's thirsty fans? Read our review to know.
Simbu has played a happy-go-lucky bloke who spends most of his
time with his chum, played by Santhanam. Despite all the sincere efforts
by his parents, played by Aadukalam Naren and Sri Ranjani, to turn
him into a responsible man, Simbu's attitude doesn't change and is
determined to get a job by himself after having failed to clear his
plus 2 exams.
When he meets Hansika, he falls in love with her and tries
to woo her with the help of his friends. In spite of trying hard,
he fails to win over Hansika's heart who informs him that she is
already engaged to her own relative and that her marriage will take
place in a couple of years.
While trying his luck with Hansika, in an unexpected turn of
events, Simbu gets himself involved in the murky business of a
ruffian. How Simbu overcomes the difficulties involved in his
personal and love life forms the crux of the story.
Simbu and Santhanam deserve a special mention as they have added
so much value to a weak script. Without these two performers, who
will keep you entertained throughout, Vaalu would've
fallen flat. This film is a complete Simbu show and you will not
complain about it.
Hansika has a lot of screen space and has come up with a decent
performance. Having said that, the actress' lip-sync needs a major
rework. Also the fact that the film was shot 3 years ago has
contributed to her bad lip-sync.
The film's antagonist Aditya has delivered a powerful
performance while the supporting cast have done what is required.
Aadukalam Naren gets another clichéd father's role which is a
Dialogues is something that powers this movie from the very
beginning till the very end. Interesting one liners with an ability
to evoke laughter acts as a huge plus and keeps you hooked. Watch
out for Simbu and Santhanam's local slang.
Shakthi's camera work is top-notch especially in the fight
scenes. Bright colors have been used in song sequences to give the
movie a rich look which contributes to the overall feel.
While editor TS Suresh could've shortened the length which
would've made Vaalu a lot more lively, Thaman's background
score gets a touch too loud at times.
Overall, Vaalu is yet another usual commercial film
which gets saved largely by Simbu's dialogue delivery and
Santhanam's laughable comedies.
Check out the slides below for some of the interesting
stills and information from Vaalu:
The Lead Performers
Simbu and Hansika sizzle on-screen together. The ex-lovers have
stitched together some interesting performances which will most
likely be liked by fans.
Fight sequences have worked out well in Vaalu. They
were shot under the guidance of stunt choreographer Kanal
The team began their first schedule with Silambarasan and
Hansika in Chennai. One particular shot was canned in Triplicane
with many onlookers observing the proceedings.
Second schedule began in Hyderabad with Simbu switching between
this movie and Poda Podi at that time.
Ramoji Film City
A few sequences were shot at Ramoji Film City in 2013, but the
film encountered delays throughout the year as Hansika and
Santhanam had to concentrate on other projects.
The film's first teaser was released in June 2012. The teaser
announced that Vaalu would have a theatrical release
worldwide on the auspicious day of Diwali.
Simbu And Santhanam
Sequences featuring Simbu and Santhanam were shot near the
Accord Hotel in Chennai.
Bangalore To Bangkok
The team traveled from Bangalore to Bangkok to shoot a couple of
song sequences. Some of the songs were choreographed by
The producers of Vaalu were involved in a legal
battle with the makers of another film who had claimed that they
had registered the title first.
Director Approached Jai
Director Vijay Chander first approached Jai with the script of
Vaalu and subsequently, it was reported that Jai would be
the film's main lead.
Jai's Loss Is Simbu's Gain
When the project failed to take off with Jai in the lead, Simbu
expressed interest in the script and approached producer SS
Chakravarthy in order to bankroll the film.
Since Vaalu was suffering from numerous delays,
cameraman Shakthi shot only 70 percent of the film. The rest of the
movie was completed by using six other cinematographers namely;
Velraj, Vetri, Dinesh Krishnan, Rahul Dharuman, Vincent and
Art director Lalgudi Ilayaraja has done a good job in the film.
Sets depicting a railway backdrop were erected at places like
Ayanavaram and Perambur.
Wedding Scene In A College
A wedding scene was reportedly shot in the campus of Panimalar
Engineering College in June 2012. In 2013, Director Vijay Chander
had revealed that only a few scenes including some song sequences
remains to be shot.
It was reported that in November 2014 Simbu had to dub for the
film even during midnights as the team had intended to release it
before the end of 2014.
Hansika later went on to reveal that she had initially agreed to
dedicate 60 days for Vaalu but was later forced to extend
her call sheet by another 80 days because of the movie's
When the film suffered a delay of 3 years, a decision to arrange
a private screening for the family members of the cast and crew
were taken in March 2015.
When T.R Bought The Rights
Finally, after numerous delays, Simbu's father T.R bought the
distribution rights from SS Chakravarthy and announced that he
would release it under his own banner, Chimbu Cine Arts.
The satellite rights of the movie has been sold to Sun TV for an
undisclosed price. It is to be noted that most Simbu films have
been bagged by the same TV channel so far.
Box Office Success?
With a strong competition from Arya's VSOP, it is to be seen if
Vaalu can become a box office hit.