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 disappointment.
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 Kannan.
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 Satish.
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 Gurudev.
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 delay.
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.