In the past, Ajith’s movies have been successful with one segment and have alienated others. Ajith and director Siva have made this Veeram a special pongal treat for ‘Thala’ fans and also for general masses. Veeram is outright unapologetic mass movie with no pretensions.
Ajith has 4 brothers for whom he stays a bachelor. The family of 5 brothers have tough exteriors but child-like hearts. The first half shows how these brothers kick bad people in a light vein. These brothers want Ajith to get married to Tamanna, who comes to the village. The second half deals with complications due to difference in characters between rugged Ajith and peace-loving Tamanna on one side and the enemies seeking revenge on the other. Watch how these knots get entangled on big screen.
Ajith’s Veeram has all commercial elements in right proportions — Hyper aggressive fight sequences, Ajith and Tamannah enchanting love angle, Santhanam and Thambi Ramiah’s comedy, predictable yet effective story knots, cheesy family sentiments challenging Vikraman movies. All these are neatly packaged by Director Siva without screenplay hurdles. Dialogues are good switches from comedy to emotional within a span of few seconds (when tea guy explains how Ajith got into the habit of drinking tea). Sometimes, the dialogues and sentiments may lack nuance, sound cliched and on your face. But, it works well. Congrats to Ajith, Director Siva, and team for making a very engaging movie.
Ajith really looks charming with this grey hair look and doesn’t have any qualms showing his real age on screen. Interestingly, the romance scenes have actually worked out well despite the looks. He is equally convincing as both untamed aggressive guy in the first half and controlled passive guy in the second half. Ajith’s acting and screen presence are top notch and he carries the movie from start to finish.
The fans will enjoy Ajith’s introduction scene and a number of other high-speed scenes throughout the movie. Ajith’s dialogue delivery is good. In this movie, Ajith doesn’t get to ride a bike. But, a light-hearted bullock-cart chase scene will make sure you don’t miss Ajith on a bike. The cameraman deserves a special applause for showing Ajith in different angles and tight closeups.
Cast and Characters
The leading lady Tamannah is back in a commercially interesting role as a temple and statue restoration person. She looks graceful in saree and her chemistry with Ajith works well. Vidharth does the best job among the brothers and couple of younger brothers are mostly in the background. Santhanam is fantastic and back to his form with his excellent one-liners. Nazar plays the role that he has done probably couple of dozen times in Tamil and Telugu movies in the past. Pradeep Rawat is more villainous than the main villain, Atul Kulkarni.
Music and Technical Department
Both the duet songs(Thangame and Ival Thaana) act as speed-breakers, especially given that the scenes preceding the songs were quite engaging. Devi Sri Prasad(DSP) has done a fantastic background score. Again, Vetri’s cinematographer is the backbone of the movie with every frame compellingly bringing out the aggression and Thala’s valour (veeram) in full force. The art director has aesthetically erected the sets for Ajith’s house and colourfully filled the village settings with interesting properties. Silva’s stunts will be a treat for action lovers.
This is Ajith’s most engaging movie in recent times and will cater to all sections with right mix of commercial elements. Ajith’s presence, comedy scenes, love portions with Tamannah and aggressive action blocks will ensure you will not regret watching Veeram. Make sure to watch Veeram this Pongal with your family.
Verdict : Veeram Not Only for Ajith’s Fans it A Complete Family Entertainer