The opening scene of Vettai is rather telling: there is a street fight between two kids and another kid intervenes. This is the younger brother of one of the kids in the fight and the younger one emerges successful in the fight. The craven elder one, on the other hand, is all shivering and standing by the wayside rooting for his brother. That scene pretty much sums up what Vettai is made of - a timorous older brother and his protective younger brother who sail through the obstacles in life and emerge victorious from the wrath of villains.
So the storytelling process essentially touches upon the bromance, shared by the brothers and their separate love lives. All of this is peppered with the usual commercial elements; yeah, we are talking about the stunts, songs and suchlike. But what Lingusamy does to his script is what makes it stand apart from the regular commercial fare. He infuses humor into the plot and makes the script and in turn the characters laugh at themselves making the movie easy to watch and logical loopholes, difficult to question.
There are clichés, so many of them you lose count very soon, but they are dutifully ridiculed as and when they appear in the script. For instance, a potential NRI groom lands up in the village for Amala Paul – in the attire and snarky sunglasses prescribed by the rules of our movie making. Arya recognizes him and when the NRI groom is surprised as to how he is recognized, Arya lets it out: ‘ethana padathula paathruppom.’
For the convention, here’s the story line: Madhavan and Arya are brothers. Madhavan inherits his father’s job in the Police Department and since he’s fearful of fights, the younger brother Arya takes full control of his life and job and that brings Madhavan much praise in his career. Since you can’t let this happiness go on forever, there are villains and then complications. Both in the form of such anti-social elements and the love life the brothers embark on with a two sisters, played by Sameera Reddy and Amala Paul.
Talking of Sameera Reddy and Amala Paul, you don’t get to see their faces as much as you get to see the other sculpted parts of their body. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing as such. They are beautiful and as long as they know what they are doing, who are we to complain? To give credit where it’s due, it must be mentioned that their roles are not measly for a movie that is hogged completely by the antics of not-one but two heroes. Lingusamy has gone that extra mile to give his heroines a little mileage than just portraying them as glamorous girls.
Among Madhavan and Arya, the latter probably scores slightly higher than the former. It’s not new for Maddy to play a timid soul for he has already done it in Nala Damayanthi. While he slips easily into the skin of the character, it’s Arya who is mostly stealing the show. He is aided by the witty and seriously funny dialogues that suit his role and his personality better.
Yuvan is reminded only when the Papparappa song plays on screen. But otherwise, the music is insipid and thankfully it does not turn out to be an eyesore in the fast-paced script. Another thing to be noted here is Nirav Shah’s camera that has gone places to add color and vigor to the movie. Anthony Gonsalves’ editing also needs to be mentioned for the movie’s crispness.
Lingusamy knows his onions and does not let the movie lag one bit during its run. He aptly peppers it with the requisite components to make it as entertaining as possible. As they say, leave logic behind and be thoroughly entertained.
Verdict: Full-on Entertainment!
Verdict : Full-on Entertainment!
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