Movie Review – Vellai Pookkal

This movie caught my eyes as its trailer was screened before my show for LKG. The trailer instantly caught me thinking as I never thought Vivek could act in such a role. The movie directed by Vivek Elangovan, is a crime thriller about a retired cop Rudhran (Vivek) who goes to Seattle, USA to visit his son Ajay (Dev) to whom he hasn’t spoken to in 3 years. The movie opens with Rudhran solving a murder with ease. The movie shifts into his retirement and his senior official asking him to visit his son to make amendments. He doesn’t speak to his daughter in law, Alice (Paige Henderson) and avoids her, which we first think as his disapproval to Ajay’s marriage. The introduction of Bharathidasan (Charle), his daughter Ramya (Pooja Devariya) and family lights a small light in Rudhran’s dull life at home. The suspicious neighbourhood and its residents who have ulterior motives catch the eye of Rudhran. On the disappearance of two of their neighbours, Mona and Carlos the neighbourhood becomes a crime scene and Rudhran’s police mind starts working parallelly to solve the case, amidst his family and Bharathi’s disapproval. Meanwhile, in a parallel track we see, a young girl being abused badly by her father and the trauma the mother and daughter go through. Some scenes are beautifully crafted, where we so badly want the child to gain freedom.

The movie is a fresh take on crime thrillers. The movie tackles the issue of child abuse. What adds content to the story is that child abuse happens everywhere in the world and the movie speaks about it in a well-woven fashion. Vivek surprisingly works in the character of a cop and gives a fresh perspective to the police characters we have watched in movies so far. The detailing in the second half of the movie is done well. Charle plays ‘Watson’ to ‘Holmes’ Vivek; travels with him to all the crime scenes, momentarily ogling at good looking women and making stupid jokes which does not add any comic relief to the movie. The music is not something to remember, but yet again India is progressing to films with content and sense, rather than rainy duets and mesmerizing soundtracks to add lustre to story where there is atleast 80% of suspension of disbelief.

Some of its visual experiments do not work as well. Like the idea to give us scenes where we see Rudhran committing the crime, to convey the fact that he puts himself in the shoes of the criminals to solve his cases. And the story takes its time to build up.The visual recreation of the cop’s thought process, though a bit inelegant, fares better.

Vellai Pookal remains sure-footed in its storytelling and keeps us engrossed. It presents us with a solid mystery and the director unravels it with confidence. It may have some loose ends to it, but Vellai Pookal remains as a worthy watch and keeps the audience gripping each other till the end.

 

Rating : 4 / 5.

Review written by : Aadrika Umashankar, Third year , PT.

Reviewers : Aadrika Umashankar, Third year, PT, Raghul Ragavendhar, Third year, Mechanical and Raj Sabareesh Ramalingam, Third year, Aeronautical.

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