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March 28, 2015 Saturday     

VV - The Smart Hunt

One doesn’t have many well made investigative thrillers talking about any psycho serial killer in Hindi cinema as the Mumbai film-makers are now mostly interested in the usual safe weekend movies only, fetching them some sure returns. However when one looks up to the South film industry then they do offer a wide range of films made on lesser adapted, difficult subjects. And VETTAIYAADU VILAIYAADU is surely one of those fine films written & directed by Gautham Menon featuring Kamal Hassan, Prakash Raj and Jyothika in the lead roles and music by Harris Jayaraj. A 2006 Tamil hit, the film was later dubbed as RAGHAVAN in Telugu and THE SMART HUNT in Hindi to reach a wider audience but I doubt many of the Hindi film viewers might have even heard of the dubbed version at all.
VETTAIYAADU VILAIYAADU begins with a focused vision wherein an efficient Police officer is called in to investigate a brutal rape and murder of the young daughter of his senior officer. The case remains unsolved but resurfaces again when both the officer and his wife are murdered in America and strangely a similar kind of rape & brutally killed victim is found in the States too declaring a mad serial killer operative in more than one country. Kamal Hassan as the officer in charge carries on his investigations abroad and the film becomes an engrossing watch from here on, with an exciting pace, brilliant camerawork and a pulsating background score along with some noteworthy performances.
Having said that there are few cinematic liberties taken in the script too like the way Kamal always senses the right spot of buried bodies like possessing any special sixth sense. And a deliberately added sub-plot of romance & songs, which though doesn’t disturb much but still takes away the focus from the main plot at regular intervals.
Interestingly, (as reported) the film went through many serious hiccups during its making, which might have resulted in a less impactful product, quite different from the actual vision of director Gautham Menon (as it seems). So he might have given a much better final version to the viewers if he could have made it as per his initial plans. Still in its present form the film does hold your attention well and presents a gripping chase of a maniac serial killer, successfully finding his victims beyond the limitation of any international borders. So if you love watching such intense murder mysteries having an exciting narration then do try VETTAIYAADU VILAIYAADU as your next flick and you will not be disappointed for sure.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
(Note : Was provided the info that the film had taken all its inspiration from the Japanese film NINGEN NO SHOMEI / PROOF OF THE MAN (1977), but I would hold my comment on the same till I see the foreign flick clearing my doubts.)
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21 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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Words fell short as I start writing about this impressive emotional movie from the actor-director - Aamir Khan & his team. Unarguably the film deserves a standing ovation for its unusual content and for its near perfect execution as a first of its kind attempt in the Indian Cinema. In fact the impact I felt after viewing it was quite similar to that of watching Classics of great Indian film makers like Bimol Roy and Guru Dutt.

Aamir Khan delivers exactly what was being expected from him, an out of the routine, emotional, memorable and enlightening film which is capable of bringing changes in the lives of many families. The film revolves around a boy who is facing difficulties in studies and his teacher who comes in his life as a morning breeze. The story emphasizes completely on the character of the child, his thoughts and is a journey into the imaginative world of his mind. Especially the visual interpretation of what he is thinking is innovatively shot and is a visual treat to watch.
Aamir Khan is a thinking brain with a heart of gold and that he has proved with this debut directorial venture of his. He has the guts of following his heart and coming out with a completely unconventional film like this. However the Writer and Creative Director of the movie, Amol Gupte equally deserves his share of praises too for the commendable effort. The greatest merit of the film is that it is not at all preachy, but it teaches along with providing the required entertainment to the viewers.
The film talks about a condition of a child who is finding tough to compete with his classmates but he never talks about it as a disease or a mental disorder to cure. Aamir focuses on the fact that we got to give proper attention to all kids in a family as everyone has his own areas of abilities. He also pin points on to the parents who always want their children to score high in their studies and just ignore the other aspects of life relating to the alternate interests of a child in art and culture.
Darsheel Safary, the eight year old child has given a stunning performance. And the reason behind this is that he is not just acting, but he seems to be actually the real troubled child and has done his part so well that he even overshadows the subtle and cool performance of Aamir. Another actor to watch out is Tisca Chopra as the mother of the child. She is just perfect and makes you remember the motherly touch in your childhood days. Yet, the most effective scenes of the movie remain the ones having Aamir and the child’s father together. The lyrics of Prasoon Joshi are even above than the melodious score given by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. And they both are more impressive while watching the movie.
In short, it’s the movie which should be watched as a compulsion by all parents along with their children (would be parents too) and also by all the teachers who should essentially feel the responsibility they have towards each & every child they teach. Concluding my review I would like to request the viewers that this is a movie which is meant to be watched without munching the popcorn and indeed deserves a respectful viewing.

Hats off to Aamir Khan - Amol Gupte & Thanks for giving us “Taare Zameen Par”.
The movie is simply above the star rating system……
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21 December 2007 / bobbysing /
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The latest in the inspired comedy series is this laugh riot which is full of stars. The basic plot is inspired from the Hugh Grant movie “Mickey Blue Eyes” (1999). Even the hero’s profession is kept same as an art house auctioneer. But then the script takes on indianized plots and tries to make you laugh through comic sequences. No doubt the promotional packaging was superb which surely gave the movie a big initial draw at the cinema houses. But the content is rather not impressive and its like several comedy sequences joined together. The focus of the screenplay keeps shifting from one plot to another.

The biggest disappointment is that it has less of Akshay and the viewer keeps waiting for the scenes with his brilliant timing. There is more of Anil Kapoor & Nana Patekar as two dons. Nana is kind of same with his expected mannerisms but Anil is superb and acts like he is enjoying every minute of his act. He even looks a lot younger than his age. Feroz Khan looks graceful but is loud at some scenes. He has more scenes in the climax of the movie and is also introduced after the interval. The heroines are only there for the glamour quotient of the movie and could not ask for more in this heavy star cast movie.
The first half of the movie has many unwanted sequences which are only inserted to create laughter and have nothing to do with the screenplay. But the film gains momentum in the second half when Vijay Raaz enters as a phony film director. Infact in my opinion this plot of making Nana an actor in a fake film should have been the highlight of the movie, which could create more laughter’s in the cinema. The songs are all inserted as usual and only few are hummable.
The best part of the movie comes towards the climax after Katrina accidently shoots the son of Feroz Khan. The chase and the play with the dead body afterwards is surely hilarious. It is the main highlight of the movie as you get to see some quality comedy scenes and timing in this.
In all the film is not as expected but still will brings audiences to the cinemas due to the superb promotional packaging, immensely popular catchy title song “Welcome” and due to the current hot thing in Bollywood – Akshay Kumar.

Rating : 2 / 5

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20 December 2007 / bobbysing /
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