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(U) (2017)



2 hrs 49 mins

136  Audience Reviews

455 Ratings

Release Date

12 Jan 2017
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: January 17, 2017 10:14 AM IST

Bairavaa Review

Vijay appears in the title role as Bairavaa. The role is nothing different from the ones that he has portrayed in the past. His amazing screen presence does lift many of the sequences.

The film has addressed an important social issue- the corruption involved in allotting seats in medical colleges. This message has been sent to the viewers without going preachy.

Verdict Bairavaa is a movie that can be labelled as a festival entertainer. It is a sure treat for Vijay fans and for others it is a one-time watch that won't leave you disappointed.

Yet another energetic performance from Vijay! But one feels his voice modulation sounds very artificial in some places. Beside this, there is hardly anything to complain about Vijay.

Keerthy Suresh, as Vijay’s love interest, plays a good natured and gleeful girl next door. It is nice to see the actress establishing a style for herself in such a short span.

Verdict: Even Vijay's screen presence could not save a middling script

As usual, Vijay once again proves his capability of carrying a film on his strong shoulders. He completely steals the show with his natural swag and energetic screen presence.

Bharathan's catchy punchlines that every mass dialogue of Ilayathalapathy receives thundering response. One of the major drawback of Bairavaa, to be honest is Santhosh Narayanan's underwhelming score that you wonder if these songs were created while he was half asleep.

Bairavaa review- Verdict: Watchable

The story might be similar to so many Vijay movies from the past, but the racy screenplay, dialogues and very much high entertainment quotient was what made the movies so compulsive.

Time and time we see Vijay’s energetic screen presence and dialogue delivery helping the otherwise straightforward plot, there is one such scene in courtroom.

Verdict : Bairavaa has its mass moments in the first half, rides on Vijay’s charismatic presence and disappoints on everything else. Should work for Vijay fans big time.

After mellowing down and experimenting in his earlier films, Vijay returns ti his- full-blown commercial roots and delivers an out-an-out masala actioner to please his hardcore fan base during the festive weekend, and there’s no doubt it works.

Keerthy Suresh plays the customary good girl needing a man to help her all the way, and she serves her purpose.

All in all, you’ll lap up every moment of Bairavva if you’re a diehard Vijay fan, and that itself goes to show that the film has several perks.

Bairavaa is what happens when someone tosses in a bunch of must-have mass-movie ingredients into a mixie and forgets to add spice and seasoning.

A courtroom episode where Bairavaa launches into a monologue about the System. (It’s the only time Vijay looks invested in the proceedings.)

Bottomline: a masala movie without spice or seasoning.

The story and presentation is reminiscent of yesteryear Tamil commercial mass movies where the hero looks like he is having a conversation with the audiences.

Major drawback is the music of the new sensation in Kollywood, Santosh Narayanan, as there is not even one peppy number. The film, at two hours and 48 minutes, is an ordeal to sit through, leaving the audience with a sense that a good 20 minutes could have been trimmed from the final cut.

Vijay tries best to live up to expectations, but his latest is a big letdown

The set-up of Bairavaa is almost like that of Ghilli, another film which had Bharathan and Vijay working together. Here again, we have a happy-go-lucky young man, a damsel in distress and an influential man who wants to keep her alive while tearing apart her world.

As for the second half, Bharathan takes inspiration from the films of Dharani and Hari, and structures it as a cat-and-mouse game between the hero and the villain (who is all build-up and no serious threat).

Poorly written and staged courtroom scene with all seriousness

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