Thala Ajith's Vedalam (Vedhalam) has released all over the world amid huge expectations from fans and movie lovers. So what exactly does this Ajith starrer has to offer? Continue reading our review to unlock the answer.
Ajith and his sister, played by Lakshmi Menon, make their way into Kolkata in order to pursue Lakshmi Menon's education at a fine arts college. Ajith starts working as a taxi driver to make ends meet.
While going about his business, Ajith informs a cop about a criminal's whereabouts, as requested by the Kolkata police who seek the help of all taxi drivers and ask them (drivers) to tip them off about all the wrongdoers, spotted anywhere in the city.
Thanks to Ajith's rectitudinous, he lands himself in the soup when the affected ruffians decide to murder him for his law-abiding act. To their surprise, Ajith fights back and how? He simply transforms into a cold-blooded murderer and goes on a rampage.
Who is Ajith? What is his past? Why is a killer wearing the mask of an innocent taxi driver? Answers to these questions forms the crux of Vedalam.
Thala Ajith literally carries this film on his shoulders, for the film is largely cliched and has a poor plot. The Veeram actor shines throughout with his dialogue delivery, different shades of performances and terrific screen presence.
Kabir Singh Duhan deserves a special mention as he is the most convincing baddie among two others. His expression of anger and vengeance is something to watch out for.
While Lakshmi Menon has bagged an important role for which she has done complete justice to, Thambi Ramaiah impresses as a blind father.
Comedy sequences work seldom in Vedalam and is one of the major drawbacks of this film. While Soori fails to evoke laughter, Shruti Haasan (who has been used as yet another comedian) deserves a praise for taking up this role and that's about it.
Though the first half takes its time to take off, the way it ends is one of the highlights of Vedalam. Second half though is largely saved by Ajith which otherwise has nothing new to offer; a few melodramatic scenes and tons of brother-sister sentiment to name a few.
Vetri's cinematography adds value to the film. His angles are refreshing and images nice and sleek. Though Ruben's editing is above average, he could've reduced the overall length of this film that would've made it racier.
Anirudh's background score is over the top and gets irritating at places. What works are his songs and the 'Theri' theme which fits aptly for a star like Ajith. All stunt sequences are choreographed well by Stunt Silva and is a treat to watch.
Though this movie suffers from logical loopholes and melodramatic sequences, it gets saved by Ajith and director Siva's propaganda that puts human values before money, which makes Vedalam watchable.
Check out the slides below to know more about this flick and for some interesting stills:
The First Schedule
The first official schedule began in Navalur, Chennai when scenes featuring Ajith and Lakshmi Menon were shot in a college campus. The shots involved a conversation between Ajith and Lakshmi.
Santhanam's Loss Is Soori's Gain
Initially Santhanam was selected to play the film's main comedian, but since the Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham actor got himself busy with his home productions, he couldn't take up the project which prompted the team to rope in Soori.
The Kolkata Schedule
The unit then moved to Kolkata and scenes were shot involving Shruti Haasan, Ajith and Lakshmi Menon. The team then traveled to Milan, Italy where they shot a song sequence featuring the lead pair.
The Final Schedule
Final schedule was held at Mohan Studios in Chennai. Rahul Dev joined the team and shot for an action sequences involving himself and Thala Ajith. This was predominantly shot during night.
The Hansika Rumours
It was earlier reported that Hansika had been roped in to play the film's female role. But later such reports were rubbished by Siva and his team, who went on to confirm that Shruti Haasan has been roped in for the role.
Lakshmi Menon gets more screen space than Shruti Haasan. Since the film has lots of emotional scenes, Lakshmi's character becomes vital and the Kumki actress has delivered the goods.
The film has a couple of logical errors, but gets ignored in the long run. It also looks like Vedalam is mainly targeted at Ajith fans who are huge in number.
Ashwin doesn't have enough screen space to prove his acting abilities. He is paired opposite Lakshmi Menon in the film. It is to be noted that he was seen in Ajith's Mankatha as well.
Why Lakshmi Was Not Approached First?
Director recently revealed that Lakshmi Menon was not approached in the beginning as she was preparing for her exams. But she was eventually roped in after the cute looking actress expressed her interest to work in a Ajith film.
Box Office Success?
Since the film has enough in it to entertain one and all, it should fare well at the box office, though it has a stiff competition from Kamal Haasan's Thoongaa Vanam.