Velaikkaran is a well-researched, proper mainstream film. The movie is insightful and it shows the mirror to each one of us. Velaikkaran, the shear hardwork of Mohan Raja, is hard-hitting, morality-ridden tale centred on blue collared workers. Its Message-heavy but thankfully isn’t preachy. Socialism, Marketing and all covered in an interesting way. Velaikkaran gets into message-heavy mode, it works due to the relatability factor and how it chooses to address the issue – in a commendable commercial fashion – it takes up. Mohan Raja deserves a pat on the back for making a relatable film that make audiences connect and think. After Thani Oruvan, he earns respect once again with an interesting subject matter. Another filmmaker who walks the talk.
Arivu (Sivakarthikeyan) is an intelligent youngster hailing from a slum in Chennai, he starts a local FM channel with the help of the area gangster Kasi (Prakash Raj) only to unmask his real face. But in the process, Arivu understands that he has a family to take care of and decides to start searching for a job. Luckily his first attempt turns successful and he joins a leading food factory where he meets the shrewd marketing wizard Adhi (Fahadh Faasil). When Arivu was in his slum, he thought that the youngsters were misused by Kasi. Similarly, Arivu understands that workers in corporate companies also get cheated by the owners to earn huge profits. Just like how Arivu tried to start a revolution in his slum, he puts in effort to bring a new change in the food industry.
Siva Kartikeyan makes a convincing first attempt to sail through a serious subject with great ease. He has given his career best performance and he graduates to next level in performance. A proven star doing a film with no commercial compromises is commendable. From keeping the comedian in him under control to emoting with measured expressions, he has delivered a peachy role. Fahadh Faasil, on the other hand, delivers a towering performance. One of the reasons why this movie will be talked about is because of his acting. Fahadh Faasil’s Tamil diction was great, with minimal Malayali slang He has his unique, sophisticated acting style. Nayanthara has got only a less space to act but Sneha got more space than her. Prakash Raj, Rohini, RJ Balaji, Sathish and all others have delivered their contribution at its best.
Quite preachy with lots and lots of message oriented dialogues, Velaikkaran absolutely makes no commercial compromises in the story. There are no forced ladies/kids sentiment, no forced punchlines, no separate comedy tracks and no mass fights! Dialogues are extraordinary and an amazing research has been done which is clearly shown in the movie. Cinematographer Ramji has supported director’s vision superbly through rich visuals be it corporate or slum. Anirudh’s magic is again making the audience being marvelled throughout the movie. You’ll definitely like this film for what it conveys.