May 3, 2012

Vazhakku enn 18/9 online movie review

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Here is a small film with a large heart. The lines between art house and commercial cinema are blurring.

Working from his own story, director Balaji Sakthivel creates a memorable, film with textured characters and poignant moments. It keeps you glued to the screen and the story unfolds in such a manner that it keeps you guessing till the very end. The story, screenplay and dialogues deserve distinction marks.

The set of fresh faces like Sri, Urmila Mahanta, Midhun Murali, Manisha Yadav, Muthu Raman are strikingly realistic and pitch in superlative performances. Full credit goes to Balaji Sakthivel for this and presenting two parallel love stories that culminates in a chilling climax.

The film opens in a hospital where a girl is fighting for life and a boy Velu (Sri) is brought to the police station for enquiry. Inspector Kumaravel (Muthu Raman) listens attentively to Velu’s story of how he reaches Chennai and joins as a helper to a guy who runs a roadside eatery joint. He is smitten by Jyothi (Urmila) who is a domestic help in nearby upmarket apartment. His one-side love develops but Jyothi is unaware of it.

Dinesh (Midhun) is a spoilt brat, son a rich and affluent lady who is after Arthi (Manisha), who lives in the same apartment complex. He slowly work his way through, gets close to her and build up her confidence in him. He takes her to a beach resort and captures a video on his phone. But Aarthi finds his true colour and intentions and erases the video which irks Dinesh. He wants to take revenge on her but Jyothi becomes the scapegoat and Velu is framed!

Vazhakku 18/9 has qualities that you don't find in movies too often these days. Music and background score by Prasanna is truly arresting and also in sync with the narrative. The screenplay and editing are tight and the performances are mind blowing. Chennai and its suburbs are captured in a realistic manner, thanks to amazing cinematography by Vijay Milton.

Hats off to Balaji Sakthivel, producers Lingusamy and Subash Chandrabose for choosing a bold and relevant subject and taking the road less travelled. And that makes all the difference. In an era of mindless action, larger-than-life heroes and below the belt humour, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 is refreshing, captivating and engrossing. A winner in all respects, a must see film.

Verdict: Excellent


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