Viduthalai Part 1 Movie Review
Filmmaker Vetrimaaran’s Viduthalai Part 1 features Soori, Vijay Sethupathi, Bhavani Sri, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Chetan, Rajeev Menon and many others in the star cast. The film features musical score by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and cinematography by Velraj..
A police constable (Soori) recollects his chronicles and encounters in a forest area, where he crosses path with a revolutionary rebel Vaathiyar (Vijay Sethupathi), who is now declared as the notorious mastermind behind the train blast and is served shoot at sight order.
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Direction
Vetrimaaran has always been noticed for his salient trait as a writer and director. Firstly looking into the directorial aspects, Vetrimaaran surpasses his previous works with an excellent approach towards the story. The way he has adapted the story and materialized it is appreciable. As with writing part, the film gives an impression of reading a novel, where the process demands patience and focus from the audience. The momentum gradually rises during the second hour and we are imbibed to it.
The most intriguing element of Viduthalai Part 1 is Vetrimaaran’s adroitness in perfect casting. And what’s so amazing is their stellar performances. Every single actor befittingly look perfect to their respective roles. From the protagonist Soori, the innocuous Bhavani Sre, and the notorious egoistic officer role played by Chethan, everyone has delivered an impeccable performance. Soori’s hard work needs special mention. It’s not just about stunts he performs during the final moments of the film, but his dedication in every single scene is so intense. In a particular scene, we find him struggling to cope up with the excruciating physical punishments by his higher official, and he almost exhibits his giddiness, which is so real. It’s really great to see that he doesn’t bring any comedian trace into this world of Viduthalai. However, he doesn’t miss to let the audiences applaud and laugh out for his couple of witty liners, especially the one where the officer, “Kovam Vandha Adichiduviya?” and he replies, “Aama Sir”. Bhavani Sri can make some space in her room to pile up the slew of awards she is going to bag. The young actress has strived to give the best and she excels. The innocence and pathos are well expressed by her. Chetan is the next actor to steal the show with his performance. The roughness and the egoistic shades are nearly delivered through his acting. Chairman Vasudev Menon and Rajeev Menon come up with a laudable show. Even the other actors have done their portions well. Vijay Sethupathi has very minimal screen presence.
The opening sequence of the film itself throws a loud note that technicians are the parallel heroes of this film. The production designing of the train derailment leaves us in deep astonishment. The BGM by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja is so riveting that it becomes more like a character in this movie. Editing is good as well.
Overall, Viduthalai Part 1 mainly revolves around the establishment of premise and characters, and raises the expectations over the second part. The gripping drama along with the utmost dedication of actors and technicians, make ‘Viduthalai Part 1’, a laudable piece of work.
Viduthalai Part 1 Movie Review
Verdict: A Riveting piece of work with volatile performances and top-notch technical aspects.