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VETTAIYAADU VILAIYAADU (HUNT & PLAY) (2006 - Tamil) - A bold & engrossing investigative thriller but along with a usual, forced in romantic sub-plot. (Review By Bobby Sing)

21 Jun, 2014 | 10 Most popular Articles AT BTC / Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi) / Movie Reviews / 2007 & Before

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 Jun 2014 / Comment ( 2 )

Nice work This films major drawback was they didnt delve much into the killer's motive. He is such an important character in the movie. But carelessly dealt to attract specifically some audiences i dont want to mention here... Even though he is a criminal, he was shown like a fascinating person which is unjust.(i accept it is thrilling and chill till the end, but not honestly) Director want just to look like a hollywood movie, but forgot to delve deeply into that important character which is the crux of the story. Atlast i cant put the words how to appreciate your patience to watch tamil movies... Also i like to suggest two movies: try to review anyone for me... Both are awesome movies but the second one i dont know whether you will like it.  1.) Pudhupettai 2006 film (tamil) Certified : V/U; Cult Classic Director Selvaraghavan one of the most acclaimed director unforgotten in current generation of new cinema in tamil 2.) Ohm shanthi Oshana Malayalam 2014. Coming of age Rom-Com Rare heroine centric movie in the male dominated industry unlike bollywood. Both movies are on the talks of remaking it in bollywood in future... Thats why i put these two south movies which are alienated by their own audiences especially Pudhupettai which was panned heavily by critics just because danush acted in that movie.....

Bobby Sing

Dear Ramji,
Thanks a lot for your detailed comment and would soon try to catch the recommended films for sure.
Keep Visiting and Writing,

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