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Vanjagar Ulagam is the recent addition to the tally of crime-thriller flicks produced in Kollywood, . Generally, any movie of this genre should keep the audience on their toes and in a nail-biting position as it would then qualify for a decent product. Has Vanjagar Ulagam been stuffed with all necessary ingredients to be called one?
The plot opens with a young folk, Shanmugam a.k.a Shaam emerging out of a flame filled van. He is picked up by the police in the very next scene under the suspicion of murdering his neighbour, Mythili (Chandini Tamilarasan). Vishagan (Vishagan Sulur), who is a journalist and a friend of the youngster seizes the opportunity for his own benefit and hatches a plan to lure the infamous gangster, Durairaj. He tries to woo Durairaj’s former right hand henchman, Sampath (Guru Somasundaram), in order to gain access to the main man.
Who is the murdered person? What is the relevance between the deceased and the accused? Will the journalist be successful in capitalizing the scene for his gain? All these sub-plots form the rest of the movie.
A gangster drama, a suspense thriller and a neo-noir theme have been grinded and extracted into a single glass of juice which could make Vanjagar Ulagam a hard one to digest. It appears to be far away from believing and at many instances, the movie appears to be superficial. Having said that, there are quite a good number of illustrations such as a shootout involving Sampath and Mahalingam, a cop chasing Durairaj and an erotic love making scene where the director wins it quite convincingly in the filmmaking process as occurrences likes these engrosses the audience.
Having said that, the movie plays its share of stereotypes way quite too often. Vanjagar Ulagam runs with a good number of clichés just to prove the point that the movie is a neo-noir gangster drama.
Audiences are often caught in a dilemma as they are unable to choose the character to root for. The director creates ambiguity quite often, which makes it difficult for the audience to identify the character
Director Manoj Beedha seems to have a movie shot in the most uber-cool manner but has ended up in churning out a dialogue-heavy drama, which is not a let-down as an overall viewing experience, but is a not a winner at the end of the day either.
Other technical departments are decent to their standards which neither wins a medal for their output, nor a punishment for substandard work.
Performances by the casting is ok and in line with the storyline and the director’s thought. Though Guru Somasundaram has come out with a decent performance, one feels that the actor could have been utilized even better with a formidable characterization.
Despite the climax and the latter half of the movie are easy to guess, the director has stuffed in some adhesive sequences which shuffles between scenes making it quite a decent watch for a section of the audiences.
Though not a great output overall, Vanjagar Ulagam can be deemed as a decent watch if you are left with ample time and crave for some amount of raw entertainment this weekend.