A Typical Entertaining Mass Fare
‘U’ Certified, 2 hrs 32 mins
What Is the Film About?
Veerraju (Ajith) is a much loved and respected person in a village with no education. Niranjana (Nayanthara) comes to the village on a medical camp and falls in love with the powerful and good-hearted nature of Veerraju. However, post marriage the powerful quality become troublesome with a kid, and they separate. How the husband and wife unite and the daughter acts as a catalyst in bringing them together is what the film is all about?
How Is Ajith’s Performance?
To say that Ajith carries the film solely on his shoulders would be an understatement of the year. Without him, there is no movie. He is everything for Viswasam and lifts it all the way singlehandedly. There is style, swagger and sentiment in loads. He is the only reason we sit through the proceedings which are extremely routine in nature.
Direction by Shiva?
Siva has made three films previously with Ajith. The last one was a failure among the three, and incidentally, it was also his most ambitious venture among the three. It brings us to Viswasam, which takes the combo back to the space of the first two outings, a regular commercial mass entertainer.
When we have a director who knows the strengths of the star he is working with, all that is required is a proper narrative which is free of boredom and isn’t a bumpy ride. Siva takes care of those things with a story that is a neat amalgamation of various commercial potboilers and is simultaneously relatively grounded and provides adequate elevation for the mass audience. The result is a thoroughly engaging far for the fans, foremost and then the masses.
Right from the introduction, we know what we are going to get. The only question here is, is it told engagingly. Siva delivers that engaging narrative for the most part. There is over the top action and emotion, but it all works because of the star at the centre.
Still, there is only so much a star can do, because if proper utilisation of star was enough all the films should work out for the makers. But that isn’t the case, no matter how tuned to the star strengths, there has to be a content worth of the star. Here in Viswasam, the material is a routine one. The story feels like a mixture of multiple films in the past. The music doesn’t work, and the sentiment feels forced at times. As a result, there is a feeling of dragging and predictability at many times. It pulls down an otherwise enjoyable fare.
Overall, for the fans of the star and mass movie lovers, Viswasam has enough to keep them engaged. But at the end of the day, it is a very routine mass entertainer only relying on the star.
Nayanatara and Others?
Nayanthara is a star in her own right doing solo female leads flicks. That seems to be on the back of the mind when writing her character as it has its importance and moments despite the movie being driven by the lead hero. She does her part well. Jagapathi Babu is his usual self holding his end. We have seen him do the same multiple times before, so that isn’t a great surprise. Anikha has done her part well and helps a great deal in establishing the emotional quotient in the second half. Yogi Babu, Thambi Ramaiah, Vivek, Robo Shankar, Kovai Sarala etc. handle the comedy department. They all do their parts well.
Music and Other Departments?
D Imman who is a regular for music on rustic and rural themes has done his job and also done his part in giving tunes that satisfy the fans. There is nothing particularly memorable, but everything works within the movie’s framework. The background score is noisy at times. The cinematography is lovely. It gives the film a rich palette. The editing is neat. The dialogues are alright.
Proper Flowing Narrative
Watch the Telugu movie Thulasi
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, for its unadulterated mass fun
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, but to mass movie lovers
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