by Chennai Arun
(Note: SI believes that Vishal and Sameera Reddy are a stain on Indian cinema)
After two successive flops in Villu and Engeyum Kaadhal, director Prabhu Deva returns with a remake of the Telugu film Souryam, which released in 2008 and went to become a hit.
Vedi’s story is simple.
Vishal is a police officer Prabhakar, who comes to Calcutta, in search of his lost sister.
He has only her photo in which she was a kid. Her life is in danger, so Prabhakar tries to protect her from the bad guys.
So will he do the assigned job? That’s what Vedi is all about.
Since her life is in danger, he travels to Calcutta by bus. On the way, he is captured by the baddies but escapes after killing them.
The story moves to Calcutta, where he enrolls in a college as a physical trainer. He joins with a fake name called Balu. Vivek is a physical education master in the same college, whose approval is needed for Vishal to become a trainer.
The heroine Sameera Reddy has a peppy song introduction in the film.
Sameera plays a bubbly college girl Paro. Vishal insults Sameera in a particular scene, as a result of which she becomes angry. But slowly the situation changes and she falls in love with him.
Sameera looks beautiful and her chemistry with Vishal is fabulous.
Vivek’s comedy is a plus for the film. Though a bit amateurish, it does elicit a few laughs.
The bad guys come to Calcutta and there are a few fight sequences. Slowly, it is revealed that Aishwarya, played by Poonam Kaur, studying in the same college, is Vishal’s sister.
Vishal also reveals through a flashback that he is actually a cop named Prabhakar. During his stay in Tuticorin, he had some issues with the bad guys.
The confrontations with the villain Easwaramoorthy, played by Sayaji Shinde, are excellent.
Prabhakar causes a lot of problems for him. So the villain, seeking revenge, kidnaps his sister. The high point of the film is that she does not know that Prabhakar is actually her brother and hates him for his past mistake. Finally the villain is killed and both are reunited.
This is a film where all the actors have done a fine job.
But it is Vishal who impresses with his screen presence and acting. Vishal’s acting has improved a lot since his debut film. He looks convincing in the action sequences as well as emotional ones.
Make no mistake, this is an out and out Vishal film.
Sameera impresses during her short stint on the screen. Although her character lacks significance, she has done a fine job. The important character of the sister, Aishwarya is played with elan by Poonam Kaur.
Shinde too does a fine job in parts, but the characterization of the villain symbolizes clumsiness for him to make an impact.
Music by Vijay Antony is just OK.
Kadhalikka is actually the pick of the album. Enna Achu and Ippadi Mazhai are good.
The picturization of the songs is good in parts. For some songs, the picturization is brilliant, for others it is just average.
Choreography for most of the songs is great, since the director is a dance master himself.
1. Acting and performances of Vishal, Sameera and Poonam Kaur.
2. Vivek’s comedy.
3. Some songs and their picturization.
4. Brilliant screenplay of Prabhu Deva. With an ordinary story in hand, he manages to keep the audiences engaged with interesting twists and turns.
5. Action sequences.
1. The performance of Shayaji Shinde.
2. The characterization of the villain. We do not get to see a powerful villain here.
3. The story is too thin and lacks depth.
4. Overdose of action sequences at the end of the film.
Verdict: Nice Action Entertainer