Critics Review


On the right path

Mohan Raja's follow up to Thani Oruvan is an interesting film. That it was going to be message heavy was obvious but what we have here is a definite intent to not come across as extremely preachy. Intent is the key word here. The oft repeated dialogue in the film about 'action (seyal) is what matters' comes across in Mohan Raja's narrative too. He wants to showcase that change is definitely possible and the hero of the film is the agent of this change. (more)

Source: Bharath Vijayakumar, MovieCrow


Tailor-made as a Sivakarthikeyan show, film packs in social message

Velaikkaran is tailor-made as a Sivakarthikeyan show. It is Siva's best ever performance till date, without his usual comedy gimmicks and romance-that-borders-on-stalking style. Fahadh Faasil has once again proved that he is an actor of substance and as the cunning antagonist, he steals the show.(more)

Source: Sreedhar Pillai,


This Sivakarthikeyan starrer has its heart in the right place

Velaikkaran truly belongs to Sivakarthikeyan who has delivered his best yet. The actor has truly had a transformation. Several moments of the film work because of Sivakarthikeyan's earnestness and sincerity on-screen. The film has shown that he can make serious scripts work and yet keep his boy-next-door image intact.(more)

Source: Ashameera Aiyappan , Indian Express


In spite of a preachy treatment, Velaikkaran will be lauded for its good social message

Post Thani Oruvan, Mohan Raja seems to be a different man altogether. One could see the effort he and his team have put forth for Velaikkaran. The way the MNC strategies are woven around an entertaining first half is where Raja scores his brownie points. However, the second half gets a little superficial and preachy. (more)

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Sivakarthikeyan, Fahadh Faasil shine in this message-heavy but impactful film

Velaikkaran is no Thani Oruvan, but Mohan Raja deserves praise for investing a lot of time and effort in the former and it�s quite evident through his research work. The film talks a lot about marketing, understanding consumer dynamics, supply and demand, and the detailing that has gone into making audiences understand these concepts in the simplest manner is commendable. (more)

Source: Haricharan Pudipeedi, Hindustan Times


If it works to a certain extent, it is because of the earnestness in the performance of Sivakarthikeyan

For the most part, the film fails to walk the fine line between telling the story of an idealistic youngster and his face-off against a force of ambition, unlike the director's previous film, the fantastic Thani Oruvan, and often resembles an empty rhetoric. There, the message and the detailing was in service of the story, but here, Raja keeps loading us with information from his research, and makes the story secondary. (more)

Source: Suganth, Times Of India