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Upperstall Review





Tamil, Action, Drama, 2011, Color

After her colleagues are killed while trying to expose underground activities in Chennai, Bharathi (Genelia D'Souza) is on the run when her chasers accidentally torch themselves. Looking at a temple nearby, she gets an idea and attaches a note to the corpses claiming she is 'Velayudham' and that she is responsible for these deaths. Unknown to her, a man named Velayudham or Vela (Vijay) really exists. He is a milkman, lives in the village with his sister Kaveri (Saranya Mohan) and the duo create mayhem in the village. Vaidehi (Hansika) is a village belle who has the hots for Vela. The group comes to Chennai to collect funds from a chit fund for Kaveri's wedding. Here, inadvertently Vela proves to be a super-hero without intending to be one merely by accidentally being at the right place and the right time. 'Velayudham' actually becomes a hero for the people.The chit fund company is found to be a fraud, the money being used for terror activities. Bharathi tries convincing Vela to take up the job and actually be Velayudham. He refuses at first but agrees to do so once he sees the suffering of the people duped by the chit fund - a man even commits suicide. Donning a super hero garb with samurai sword and all, he brings Velayudham to life, cleaning up the city and foiling a deadly terror plot to destabilize India and exposing the Home Minister of Sate (Vineet Kumar)... Meanwhile, Bharathi also falls for Vela...

Velayudham sees Vijay in safe masala territory. So if you're a Vijay fan, you probably know how it all works - an absolutely mindless film filled with - an intro scene (here he runs alongside a fast running train, catches up with it and gets in pulling the chain for others from his village to get into it), a comedy track with a sidekick comedian (Santhanam) and a sister here (Saranya Mohan), his 'loveable' antics in the village including causing mayhem while running after a hen (Singh is Kinng used this too), a little vulgarity thrown in for the front-benchers with the bimbette-hormones-on-overdrive heroine (Hansika) and generous displays of her belly button and mid-riff, some vintage Vijay dance moves to largely beat oriented music (read noise), the odd emotional scene and preachy punch dialogue, loud action with blood flowing like water, tons of glass breaking (and in this case, bombs going off), and lots of dead bodies, a message from Vijay - all this put together under the familiar, familiar, familiar story of a guy from the village who comes to Chennai and becomes the super-hero (inadvertently at first), cleaning up the city and bringing its nasty politicians, underworld figures and corrupt cops etc to justice. And for admirers of Vijay, it has to be said he acquits himself well, seems to be enjoying himself, shows fine comic timing, and gives them enough to whistle, cheer and clap about.

As far as the other elements go, there is a strict deja vu here as well in this re-make of the Nagarjuna starrer Azad (2000), barring the odd well-tackled moment (when he tells Genelia he actually loves Hansika). So we have embarrassingly bad acting by Genelia - she thankfully keeps her perkiness in check but unfortunately doesn't know what else to do - and Hansika (her funny face-making and lack of acting skills have to be seen to be believed), few genuine comic moments provided by Santhanam and Saranya Mohan, hammy, contorting face-making by the villains, functional technicalities etc, etc, etc...

All in all, for Vijay fans only, otherwise nothing else in the film really.

Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan





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