Vengai – Arivaal Rusted!
Banner: Vijaya Productions
Production: B. Venkatarama Reddy
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues & Direction: Hari
Star-casts: Dhanush, Thamannah, Raj Kiran, Prakash Raj, Ganja Karuppu and others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Editing: V.T. Vijayan
Certain rules to be followed before watching ‘Vengai’.
- Make sure, you don’t become wizard questioning on logics.
- Sit back and relax
- Don’t get ridden by few sentimental quotients.
- If you feel the narrative style and scenes resembling Hari’s previous movies, just don’t take them for consideration.
Vengai is the Dhanush starrer, directed by Hari with Tamanna in the female lead, produced by B Bharathi reddy for Vijaya Productions. Wonder if audiences must be allowed to tear seats, theater screens, etc., if they come across poor quality entertainers – like the hero shattering set properties into pieces. The money paid by the audiences could be used to mend the theater afterwards. The director may also compensate, only when will directors like Hari quit films, if he has nothing new to flaunt.
Vengai promotes casteism (Eg: YG Mahendra’s Naamam), aruvaalism, blood, revenge and fights like that of insane roadside dogs. While Singam is all set to speak in Hindi, Director Hari has made another quickie with Dhanush, titled Vengai – a film about an influential father (Raj Kiran), his nemesis (Prakash Raj) and Raj Kiran’s beloved son Dhanush. Will the powerful Raj Kiran survive Prakash Raj’s threats? That’s Venghai for you!
What does Dhanush do in between both? Draw a peace agreement? Nope, but fight with machete for his part and show some overt intelligence. Raj Kiran displays Marlon Brondo’s intelligence against his Al Pacino son Dhanush in a scene. Father send Dhanush on a hideout to Sicily (Trichy) where meet a girl (Tamanna) – the puppy doggy love of Dhanush! Dhanush go and say he was her childhood boyfriend! She refuse! Why?
When Dhanush introduces himself as her long gone childhood boyfriend, Tamanna pretends to be a Malayali girl. Ask (her) Hari why? Both wouldn’t know. She is put through the most artificial of scenes, emotions and makeup. Tamanna is either constipated or incontinent. She resists some sort of urge for the whole film. She cannot speak dialogues without choking. Please express your gratitude to Tamanna for quitting Tamil films for we feel safe, after half a decade!
Dhanush – the Kingpin! Give him any sort of role and he will perform! Although not as furious as Surya in Singam, Dhanush proves time and again his acting skills are of a matured actor’s! This is why Dhanush is a well sold actor, despite his fragile physique and blue collar look. Dummy Sri Prasad is not anymore interested in working with Hari. It reflects on the songs! The songs are definitely “Pudikala!” He would have completed the film in typical Hari (hurry) style – within a day or two! The DTS mixing turned a laughing stock in a song post-interval, although the theater could have been the cause.
Stunt scenes do not boast of clarity as in Singam. The camera strives hard to show Dhanush fighting off enemies four to five times his size. When Raj Kiran hands over the arivaal to Dhanush, the arivaal carries Dhanush and helps him walk. It’s an immense wonder how an Arivaal acts as a center of gravity to this flying feather! He climbs even trees with the machete – like a chameleon – with zygodactylous palms. Director Hari switches emotions and motives every second that most of them become oblivious.
Hari has all archaic emotions, twists and scenes that he thinks will work for decades. His hero is a typical small town guy or a villager pampered by his family, but beats everyone black and blue – plays with arivaal – applies sacred ash with three fingers – a kumkum dot in the middle – and stand up for his family, relatives and caste. He is superstitious and always falls in love with a bus-commuting-college-girl. If Hari were to introspect and see the childishness in his characterization, he would surely feel ashamed.
- Raj Kiran
- Commercially engaging
- Hari’s Naivety
- Vengai – Could have avoided cliches, some sentimental factors.
Could we advise director Hari to quit films, if he were to reuse his old stuff again and again? The quaint and archaic formula of his cannot work for eons. Given his interpersonal skills and awareness on human emotions, he can survive with acting. Tamanna as a character and her plotting against Raj Kiran is entirely flawed and old fashioned. If he can make nothing new and not create well written characters, he may quit films once and for all. Vengai – ‘Hari’vaal!