Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu Review Rating : 2.5/5
Gautham Vasudev Menon has become one of the most popular and loved director among the 2000’s youth with his films like Khakha Khakha/Gharshana, Varanam Ayiram/Surya S/O Krishnan, Vettiyadu Vilaiyadu/Raghavan, Yennai Arindhal/Yenthavadu Gani, Vinnaithandi Varuvaya/ Ye Maya Chesave. But his Thoota, Sahasam Swasaga Saagipo did not match the expectations of viewers and also many of his films did not release as well. Chiyaan Vikram’s Dhruva Natchitram and few more did not find release in theatres. Finally, he and Simbu joined forces again and made Vendhu Thanindathu Kaadu/ Life of Muthu. Let’s disuss about the movie Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu Review.
Muthu Veeran (Silambarasan) after passing out B.Sc tries to adjust to lifestyle of a thorn gatherer in his village. But during a forest fire, thorns pierce into his body and his mother (Radhika) unable to see her son like this, decides to go to her long lost brother for help. After initial hesitation, he accepts to take him to Mumbai with him. He asks Muthu to stay with him. During the night time, Muthu sees his uncle talking to someone in a trembled voice and finds out a gun in his uncle’s bag. Later his uncle gives him a letter and asks him to give to his partner in Mumbai under any circumstances. Next Morning, he commits suicide and Muthu hides the gun.
Muthu takes the gun with him to Mumbai. He promises to his mother that he would do anything that he can for earning a decent living. In Mumbai, he finds the Parotta Stall that his uncle addressed and the owner asks him to join them. More than 36 members stay in one room and he decides to adjust. Slowly, he understands that everyone living with him is used as a contract killer or local goon. He plans to escape from that place but during a shootout and surprise attack, he finds himself being dragged into the fight unwillingly and he picks up the gun to defend himself. What happens next? Where does his life lead to? Who are his friends and who is Paavai (Siddhi Idnani)? Watch the movie to know more…
Silambarasan demands your attention whenever he is on screen and he shed out all the starry tantrums to become the character in this film. He digged deep enough into his acting abilities to give a believable performance as Muthu. It is him, who holds the movie together. Siddhi Idnani is a find in this fillm. Her character and performance both show great maturity and cuteness at the same time. All others performed well as per the given material. AR Rahman’s music suits the film and carries the mood forward as well. Siddhartha Nuni’s visuals add a raw flavour to the movie and bring restlessness in Mumbai to life. Anthony did a good job in keeping the flow intact throughout the film but it could have been much better in second half, as some shots and cuts did not match the tone. Production Design is excellent in this movie.
While every performer and technician gave their best, it is Gautham Vasudev Menon, who took too much off time to make the story too slow. It is good but not effective. At times, the detailing goes to a level of bringing everything to life on screen, so realistically that we feel like watching a documentary than a film. Even good things need to be done in proportion and if we keep dragging the known story beats to establish the world and drama, it does feel like dragging after a point. GVM did everything in a different style from his previous films and tried to go more into the roots to give a new essence to his usual stories and gangster dramas. But the story doesn’t stay with us after we finish watching the film and that is a big drawback for almost three hours long film. Rather than trying to make it two part film, making it all in one part might have made the film more intense and powerful that the dragged out portions, in this released version. Life can decide its own pace but a story cannot be said to someone as much as life takes time to unveil. Still, this is a better movie from GVM after a long time and there is nothing very fresh except for the actors and nothing very bad to skip either. Depends on your interest to watch Simbu as Muthu in a Gangster Docu-drama.
- Silambarasan’s performance
- Simbu-Siddhi Idnani scenes, chemistry
- Action sequences
- Realistic setting
- AR Rahman’s music
- Slow pace
- Draggy Narration
- Lack of effectiveness
- Drop in Intensity towards climax
Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu Review Rating : 2.5/5
Bottom-line: Fire Lacks Intensity!
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Cast: Silambarasan, Siddhi Idnani, Radhika, Neeraj Madhav, Siddique
Written by Jeyamohan and Gautham Vasudev Menon
Cinematography by Siddhartha Nuni
Music by AR Rahman
Edited by Anthony
Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon
Produced by Ishari K. Ganesh
Release Date: 15th September 2022