Cast: Vijay, Genelia, Hansika, Santhanam, Saranya Mohan.
Direction: Jayam Raja
Production: Ascar V Ravichandran
Music: Vijay Antony
It’s a film for Vijay fans. Director Jayam Raja manages to deliver what he had promised. He was clear from the start it would be a mass commercial entertainer and finally lives up to his words. Velayudham is a Vijay show that would appeal his fans. He has not tried anything innovative rather sticks to formula film-making – song, fights, comedy and romance.
Velayudham defies all logic. It has no new theme. It is a regular Vijay film. Wonder what makes it a good watch? The energy the lead stars ooze on the screen and quick unfolding of events.
Three cheers to Raja for weaving a script to Vijay’s strength. It is nothing but triumph of good over evil. It seems to be borrowed from many a Shankar films. Still it works.
A journalist Bharathi (Genelia D’Souza), after sting operations show the world the real face of corrupt people. She earns the wrath of powerful persons and a couple of her colleagues get killed too. She decides to put an end to the menace and for that, she creates an imaginary character called Velayudham, claiming that he would teach a lesson to evil elements.
And there is a happy milkman Velayudham (Vijay) in a village, who leads a content life with his younger sister Kauveri (Saranya Mohan) and cousin Vaidehi (Hansika Motwani).
He gets the shock of his life when he comes to the city to withdraw the money he had saved for his sister’s wedding. Series of events ensure that Bharathi meets Velayudham and she urges him to give life to the imaginary character she had conceived.
The rest is all but racy and riveting fare typical to Vijay’s earlier films.
Vijay is smart and energetic. He is cool and casual all through. He dances admirably well, for it is his cup of tea.
Hansika and Genelia fit the bill well.
The likes of Shayaji Shinde, Sampath Raj, Manivannan are there to add support to the play while Santhanam walks away with honpus for his one-liners.
Vijay Antony’s music is loud but fits the theme well. Priyan’s cinematography compliments the story.
Velayudham, produced by Aascar V Ravichandran, is the destination for Vijay fans, though there lacunae in the form of familair theme, lengthy latter half and songs putting brakes on the pace at places.
Velayudham: Vijay’s Victory