Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam - Club for the Fun Loving
By Bharath Vijayakumar
Ponram an erstwhile assistant of director Rajesh makes his debut through Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam (VVS). Like his mentor Ponram too has taken a thin line and tried to package it with maximum fun.With Sivakarthikeyan (who seems to be growing steadily as someone seen as a safe bet) on board, Ponram has managed to make a successful debut.
Sivanandi (Sathyaraj) is a big shot in his village and someone for whom prestige comes in front of everything or at least it seems so on the surface. And when Bosepandi (Sivakarthikeyan) a sort of wastrel falls for Sivanandi's daughter you do know what to expect. But to the director's credit he has been able to maintain a bit of suspense towards the end though you obviously know that nothing serious is bound to happen given the genre of the film.
Bosepandi is a role that is quite similar to the one played by Sivakarthikeyan in Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga. But here he is the sole lead and that does not seem to weigh him down and he manages to make VVS click. Though his roles seem repetitive looks like Sivakarthikeyan has got that 'X' factor which makes the younger theater going audience identify with him. Soori has got an almost equal footing in VVS and he does very well. He now almost seems mandatory in the cast for rural comedies. Sathyaraj shines in a role that requires him to put up a serious face most of the time though he is actually not. You realize the importance of casting him towards the climax which works big time. Sri Divya the debutant heroine is pretty and seems to have the charm of a girl next door.
Imman's songs are perfect for such a film with both the title song and the now almost mandatory fast beat number before the climax being foot tapping. Director Rajesh has penned the dialogues that strike a chord with our funny bone.
Director Ponram has achieved what he set out for. The film is surely an easy watch with a decent percentage of laughs that keep coming. But does the hero always have to be a wastrel? Taking things lightly in life is different.But in most of these movies the protagonist is always someone who will do nothing but roam behind a girl. The screenplay isn't exactly cohesive but that is primarily because there are not enough incidents happening in the film that mostly relies on the frequent bouts of laughter provided by Sivakarthikeyan and Soori. The proceedings almost become stagnant at certain points in the second half but the climax is a winner that leaves you leaving the hall with a smile. The film also gives a subtle message of how people give importance to fake prestige and do things that they actually would not just to gain the approval of the society. Though Ponram has gone for a genre that his mentor is famous for he has smartly chosen to tell it in a rural setting.
When you enter a movie like VVS after looking at the promos you have a certain sort of expectation. And that is delivered satisfactorily.
Rating : 3/5