Banner: Dream Valley Corporation
Star-casts: Jai, Priya, Santhanam, Raghuman, Oorvasi, Sampath, Thalaivasal Vijay, Delhi Ganesh, Shanmugarajan and many others.
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Aravind Krishna
When ‘Gnyabagangal‘ – the previous week’s release happened to be a take on Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Raincoat’, here comes ‘Vamanan’ that is nothing but a replica of Hollywood film ‘Following’. The Hollywood movie was directed by Christopher Nolan who happened to be a source of great inspiration for our own A.R. Murugadoss’ ‘Ghajini’ with his ‘Mementoes’.
But Debutant Ahmed has used his brilliant tactics of blending the storyline of ‘Following’ to a serious drama of political murder with commercial elements.
Much elated with his yet-to-come honoring as a chief minister, the senior most politician (Delhi Ganesh) is murdered by his party member Anbu (Sampath). Somewhere near to this place, an ad filmmaker is shooting Actress Pooja (Lakshmi Rai) with a newly-imported camera fit in a remote control-equipped mini-helicopter. But all of sudden, the mini-chopper looses the control and flies to the exact place and gets stuck in the place recording the murder drama. Anand (Jai) aspiring to be a great actor comes to Chennai falls in love with Divya (Priya). Seeking his friend’s advice (Santhanam) of imitating the mannerisms of various strangers he comes across, Anand follows a stranger (Raghuman) and he’s none other than an unparallel burglar who barges into people’s house and finds fantasy with their privacies. Anand becomes so friendly with him and they break open in to the house of Actress Pooja and within very few days, she’s found murdered. Of course, Anand is the culprit now and he has to run on unraveling the truth behind mysteries.
Ahmed goes for a different start on making a commercial appeal with an interesting storyline. As mentioned earlier, the credit goes to Christopher Nolan. Spotting Jai alone on the lead role for the first time with a good job is appreciable. He has worked well on emoting as an innocent lad wedged between serious circumstances. As title suggests, he takes on the role of ‘Vamanan’ during the second half portions, but that’s too late. Priya Anand isn’t so appealing in her looks as well the performance. Lakshmi has improved a lot on her show. Raghuman as baddie isn’t a surprise while Sampath and Thalaivasal Vijay have lived under the skin of their characterizations. Oorvasi and Santhanam have spelled best comedy tracks.
Yuvan’s ‘Edho Siegirai’ had feet-tapping moments and choreography could’ve been better yet more. Kalyan’s choreography on Lakshmi Rai for ‘Money Money’ is eye-catching. Aravind Krishna’s cinematography is more on his proficiency.
If Ahmad hadn’t copycatted the ‘Following’, then we would have allotted him 4/5 and now he scores half of it.
Our take on this film is you can go for it once.