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Vanakkam Chennai Review

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Vanakkam Chennai marks the debut of Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi, the wife of producer-actor Udhayanidhi Stalin. It stars Shiva and Priya Anand in the lead roles. While Anirudh Ravichander has composed the music, Richard M Nathan has handled the cinematography department.

Shiva is having a great year. Three of his movies (Thillu Mullu, Sonna Puriyathu and last month flick Ya Ya) have been released in 2013. Now, he is game with his new movie Vanakkam Chennai. The latest movie is biggest among them all, simply because the movie is directed by the wife of a leading producer.

The movie bosses have left no stone unturned to give a good publicity to Vanakkam Chennai. Has the movie lived up to audience expectations? What the movie has to offer? Find it in the movie review...

Ajay (Shiva), a Msc gold medalist, is in Chennai to find a job that suits his qualification. London-based Anjali (Priya Anand) comes to the same city to take up in a photography competition. Narayanan (Santhanam), a house broker, who dupes people by renting out unoccupied houses to individuals without the owner's knowledge. Ajay and Anjali become the victims of his scheme as they land with the keys of the same house.

Ajay and Anjali are forced to stay together as they are completely helpless. Initially, they fight and struggle to live in the house. But gradually, they turn friends. In the process, we are told thar Anjali is engaged to NRI Deepak (Rahul Ravindran). Even though he knows the truth, Ajay starts liking her.

The problems that Ajay and Anjali face and how they overcome them is told in a comical way in Vanakkam Chennai. The first half is engaging and passable. But the second half drags a lot. Continue reading the Vanakkam Chennai review in the slideshow...


Audience would be surpised to see that Vanakkam Chennai doesn't boast much of comedy scenes and the romantic part is given importance when Shiva is playing the lead role!

Different Role For Shiva

Shiva will be seen in a different kind of role. His regular sarcastic or brashing will not be seen in Vanakkam Chennai.

Soft And Mature Role

Shiva has a soft and mature role in Vanakkam Chennai. But he is not at all convincing in romantic tracks.

Priya Anand is Brilliant

Priya Anand is brilliant in Vanakkam Chennai. However, Santhanam, on a rare note, doesn't get much marks.

Santhanam Wasted

In fact, Santhanam was not required for such role. Well, the biggest highlight of Vanakkam Chennai is music.

Anirudh Ravichander's Music

Anirudh Ravichander has composed good music for Vanakkam Chennai. At least, four tracks have topped the chart. And his background score is also wonderful.


Richard M Nathan's cinematography gets a special mention, and editing is good, though it could have been better.


Director Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi is almost successful in her debut movie. Though there are jerks, the movie has turned out to be an engaging affair.

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