05 Dec, 2014 2 hrs 17 mins U
Vikram Prabhu, Sri Divya, Aadukalam Naren, D Singampuli, MS Bhaskar, Madan Bob, Manobala Mahadevan, Meenakshi, Singamuthu, Soori, Vaiyapuri
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An unambitious film, which is mildly entertaining and largely unexciting
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Synopsis: Cheated by a land broker, a young man and his friends are forced into bondage at the house of a moneylender. There, he falls in love with the man's bride-to-be.

Movie Review: With the unexpected success of Manam Kothi Paravai , director Ezhil must have thought that he had hit upon the formula for the fail-safe film — the kind of film that one can neither like nor detest. Heck, you cannot even call these middlebrow films. But this kind of unambitious film, which is mildly entertaining and largely unexciting, has an audience, who just want some diversion for a couple of hours. All that the director needed were a familiar hero and heroine, some recognizable comedians, a non-threatening villain, a couple of feel-good songs. And, the best part is that there was no need for burdensome stuff like script and characterization.

But as his previous effort Desingu Raja indicated, the formula is going stale faster than the director might have anticipated. His Vellakkkara Durai is an often tiring film that tries to coast on the assumption that people might forgive the flaws if they are somewhat entertained. The plot, as expected, is wafer-thin but this time, makes even less sense. Murugan is a young man who, along with friend Police Pandi, starts a real estate agency. The duo purchases some land by borrowing money from Vatti Varadhan, a loan shark who takes defaulters into bondage. Unfortunately for the friends, they learn too late that they have been duped by the broker who has sold the graveyard to them as real estate. Varadhan makes them his slaves in his house and there, Murugan sees Yamuna and falls in love with her. However, Yamuna is Varadhan's bride-to-be and on the night before the wedding, she tries to run away from the place and an inebriated Murugan tags along. Will Varadhan leave them in peace when he learns of their escape?

You only feel sorry for Vikram Prabhu, who, after choosing three intelligent, city-set action thrillers in a row, must have been compelled to do this film to cover the rural fan base. He tries to play the clown but somehow we see though his performance, which is just affectation. It is also sad that Sridivya, who showed promise in Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam , is being turned into a cliche — all that she has to do on screen is look demure, have some tiffs with the hero and then fall in love with him. Meanwhile, Soori continues his attempts to become another Vadivelu but barring a few instances, his comedy is grating. Even music director Imman, who has been consistent of late, is a pale shadow and barring Koodha Kaathu , none of the songs stay with us. But nothing conveys the blandness of this enterprise when the villain comes across as worth cheering for. John Vijay seems to have understood the pointlessness of it all and lets himself loose and chews the scenery as Vatti Varadhan, and whenever he is on screen, the film acquires some semblance of comedy.
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