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Movie review 'Vajram': Ramesh Selvan has gone a little overboard with violence

Deccan Chronicle| anupama subramanian

Published on: February 28, 2015 | Updated on: Invalid date

The director should have infused a clearer and believable screenplay

Director: Ramesh Selvan

Cast: Kishore, Sree Raam, Pandi, Kuttymani, Thambi Ramaiah, Jayaprakash

Rating: 2 stars

The movie opens up intriguingly at a juvenile prison, where four teenage boys Aravind, Madurai, Pandi and Kuttymani (Kishore, Sree Raam, Pandi, Kuttymani) who land up there on charges of raping their classmate. A brief gloomy segment reveals the torture the inmates of juvenile homes undergo at the hands of the wardens. Meanwhile, we see a police officer (Pondy Ravi) who is the benami of a greedy minister Selvanayagam (Jayaprakash) who has entrusted him with a 100 crore property and the former wants to usurp it. He hatches a plan and picks up the four boys for his own benefit and asks them to kidnap the minister.

Little did he realize that the convicted boys already have a score to settle with the minister who was responsible for them landing up at the prison.  With their own agendas set, they kidnap minister’s daughter Yazhini (Pavani Reddy) and take her refuge in a forest. Did the boys manage to take revenge on the minister and how they accomplish it narrated in violent ways forms the rest.

The four boys Kishore, Sree Raam, Pandi, Kuttymani perform as what was expected out of them. Pavani Reddy is just about adequate. Jayaprakash as the scheming villain does his part well. It is Thambi Ramaiah, who appears post interval in the flashback scenes who steals the show with his realistic feat.  Alright, Ramesh Selvan’s story has a social message of free education for all.

But, in order to project it in a commercial manner, he has gone a little overboard with excess of violence as if that is the only means to achieve one’s goal, a kutthu number which is uncalled-for, a jarring background score among others. Kumaresan’s camerawork warrants mention. Had the director infused a clearer and believable screenplay, the film would have ended up a decent entertainer.


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