Director: Siruthai Siva
Producer: A M Rathnam, S.Aishwarya
Production Co: Shri Sai Raam Creations
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Star Cast:Ajith Kumar,Shruti Haasan,Lakshmi Menon,Kabir Singh,Santhanam,Soori
Vedalam is one of Ajith’s overtly formulaic films in recent times. Director Siva has failed to recreate the success of his earlier movie – Veeram. Siva has however retained the Veeram template with his ensemble cast of comedians who managed to score on few occasions. In fact, the entire first half is driven by these characters – Kovai Sarala, Swaminathan, Soori, and Bala Saravanan – tries hard to bring the roof down.
Ganesh (Ajith) arrives to Kolkata to get admission for his sister Tamizh (Lakshmi Menon) in the Arts and Design College. He takes up the job of a cab driver with Soori to make ends meet. However, all hell breaks loose when an innocent, good-for-nothing Ganesh suddenly transforms and unleashes his real self, resulting in two notorious murders. Why Ganesh commits these murders? What is the connection between him and the victims? Watch the film on the big screen to find more answers.
The middling first half is completely contrasting to the shoddy second half which literally holds back the film. Ajith gives another energetic performance. His screen presence is the only positives from the movie. Lakshmi Menon is good, but doesn’t have much to do. Shruti Haasan once again gets a caricatured role that quite is below par. The under-utilization of Shruti Haasan in Tamil films has been happening for quite some time now. It’s high time the actress realized the fact herself to take up more challenging roles in future.
Rahul Dev has done a neat job as the villain. Kabir Singh, who makes his debut as one of the antagonists, fits the bill perfectly and even passes muster to lip-sync his lines with ease.
The second half is where things go haywire. The flashback portions appear tad too melodramatic. It looks like the director has attempted to balance the star image of Ajith and his performance at the box office.
The only solacing factor is the brilliance technical work by the strong trio that includes music by Anirudh, cinematography by Kasi Vishwanath and editing by Ruben.
Overall, Vedalam is Ajith’s one man show and it might enthrall his ardent fans. For others, it’s a formulaic film with few enjoyable moments.
2 out of 5 (Okay)