Movie Review : 'Vazhakku Enn 18/9'
September 24, 2015
Balaji’s Midas Touch
Balaji Sakthivel has earned a reputation for himself rendering meaningful movies. His Kallori and Kadhal speak for itself. Joining the list is Vazhakku Enn 18/9. A firm believer in script and the story, he has proved that all hope is not lost in Tamil cinema thanks to the invasion of commercial cliches. His Vazhaku En 18/9 speaks about sex, lies and video tapes.
A genre that is less travelled in Tamil cinema, Vazhakku En 18/9 is a movie that is more realistic and prudent. The director would have been tempted to come up with a pot-boiler, but thanks to his conviction and courage, Vazhakku En 18/9 ends up a film that serves a purpose.
He spoke about true and obsessed love where caste is the hindrance in Kadhal. In contrast, Vazhakku En speaks about love in a different colour.
It speaks about sleaze, distrust and greed.
The issue of obscene MMS scandal and the greedy cops twisting cases for money have been dealt in detail by him.
The movie stars new faces. Sri, Urmila Mahanta, Manisha Yadava and Mithun Murali enact the strong roles offered to them by Balaji Sakthivel.
The storyline goes like this: Velu (Sri) is a fun-loving youth who in a roadside shop. He comes across one Jothi (Urmila Mahantha), a servant maid in an apartment and its love between them.
In the apartment, lives Aarthy (Manisha Yadav), a student and Dinesh (Mithun Murali), a spoiled brat. Aarthy falls for him without knowing his intentions. Dinesh hoots clips of her on his mobile phone. Aarthy happens to see her pictures on Dinesh's mobile. Annoyed, she moves away from him.
An angry Dinesh is afraid that she would expose him in public. So he tries to finish off Aarthy, but the target misses and Jothi becomes victim and sustains serious injuries in the melee. Jothi’s mother suspects that Sri would have done it, as she had seen him chasing her daughter.
Enters Inspector Muthuraman (Kumaravel) who investigates the case. He enquires Sri and finds that he is innocent. They Aarthy comes forward to tell the police about Dinesh. The police officer finds the truth and arrests Dinesh.
Here comes the twist. Dinesh’s rich mother is ready to go to any extent to save her son.
Will the police officer accept her offer? Will the justice prevail?
Watch some the powerful climax to know the answers.
Balaji has chosen a contemporary issue and converted it into a gripping movie. His portrayals of true and shallow love are good albeit they tend to be predictable after a point. The movie with rich visuals, sensitive depiction, and fine performances makes for an interesting watching. The proceedings however move a bit slow in the second half due to the predictability but the portions leading to climax and the climax save the film.
The high point of the movie is cinematography by Vijay Milton. Prasanna's background complements Balaji Sakthivel's theme well. The songs too sound good.
The dialogues, the brisk narration of events towards the latter part adds pep to the viewer's expectations. There may be some lacunae in the form of logical lapses and pace. But one must admit that Vazhakku En is a whiff of fresh air in Tamil cinema and hence it deserves to be appreciated.