”Vendhu Thanindhadhu Kaadu,” starring STR, Siddhi Idnani, Radhika, and others, Written by: B.Jeyamohan, Music: AR Rehman, Direction: Goutham Vasudev Menon.
STR, ARR, and GVM combo are back again, this time with a story about a young man becoming a ruffian. Muthu(STR) lives with his mom and his sister, and he proceeds to Mumbai due to the family’s financial situation. How he becomes a don and holds the gun forms the 2 hours and 45 minutes story. It is a familiar tale with conventional gang wars, gunshots, and revenge that are not uncommon in Tamil movies, yet watchable due to this trio of STR, ARR, and GVM.
ARR builds confidence that his magic will be there throughout the movie in the initial few minutes, and he keeps up the promise till the end. BGM and songs stand out in this entire presentation. GVM does not change the lyricist in any of his films and has lyricist Tamarai write the lyrics for VTK as well. She has excelled once again with those unadulterated Tamil words in her songs. ARR has mesmerized with a Gana, a few shades of MSV, and intermittent 90’s sound.
GVM recently mentioned in one of the interviews that writer Jeyamohan gave the story to him and wanted GVM to cast a new face, not a familiar one, so that the audience travel with Muthu throughout the story and not get distracted by superstardom. STR lived up to his expectation by underplaying his usual style, making us see only Muthu throughout the movie. That is the success of this presentation, and Kudos to GVM and STR.
STR shines with his performance throughout the movie, a remarkable performance by making him not seen as Simbu in the film. VTK is an unusual Simbu film with no flashy introduction scene, no punch dialogues, and stays back foot in the Mumbai scenes and the Gana song.
Romance scenes are a highlight in all GVM’smovies, and he did not fail in this one. In VTV, it was Jessie, and in VTK, Paavai. GVM’s romantic poetry is enjoyable. Siddhi Idnani, as Paavai, has provided excellent support in this film.
While the initial few minutes are a bit slow, the last few minutes are piquant, with multiple twists and turns setting high expectations for VTK Sequel.
VTK is another gangster movie made raw.
“Vendhu Thaninandhu Kaadu”.Venture into the woods if you like a raw adventure.
Rtn. K Ramachandran