Movies that are completely based on dance aren't very common in the Tamil film industry. Yes, we have had some films in the past which had their storyline and theme based on various classical dance forms, but an out-and-out Tamil movie of such a genre is still a rarity. When it was announced that AL Vijay is coming with a film titled Lakshmi, which is based on dance and related competitions, the excitement in the minds of the audiences was pretty high. Has the film lived upto these expectations? Read the complete movie review of Lakshmi to know more.
The story of Lakshmi revolves around a young girl of the same name, who is fond about dance. She is a fabulous dancer and aims to go for a national level competition. At the same time, her mother isn't much interested and convinced about the prospects of dance. Meanwhile, she meets a master who takes her in the right direction.
Well, the story of Lakshmi is something similar to that of the inspirational movies we often come across. Obviously, there is a change in the scenario and background, with dance taking the centre stage, which definitely acts as the major positive of the movie as well.
AL Vijay has neatly packaged the film and at the same time, he hasn't tried anything unusual or out of the box to bring in some difference, just for the sake of it. He follows the template of the movies of this genre and has done a fine job with its packaging. However, this approach has allowed predictability factor to linger around, especially in the second half of the movie, where one gets to know about the direction in which the film is heading to. The script definitely could have been better, leaving away the clichés.
Anyhow, AL Vijay has been successful in conveying the right emotions to the viewers. Due credits to his narrative pattern, which is laced with emotions and the way in which he has suitably selected the actors for the particular characters and handled the climatic sequences.
Prabhu Deva ably fits into the shoes of the character VK and he does stun you with his amazing dance moves. However, it is Ditya Bhande, the newcomer, who has stolen the show. She is indeed a terrific dancer and an upcoming acting talent to. Aishwarya Rajesh had done a good job as Lakshmi's mother. Karunakaran adds the comic flare.
Nirav Shah's cinematography deserves a big mention, as it is one of the major positives of the movie. Editing could have been better, especially in the second half. Sam CS's songs were good but the BGM could have been better. The art works also require a special mention.
With some superb dance numbers and the emotional and inspiring angles, Lakshmi has everything in it that it had promised. Yes, the film is predictable in many parts, but is still a decent watch.