Vizhithiru movie cast: Krishna Kulasekaran, Vidharth, Venkat Prabhu, Dhansika, Erica Fernandes, Abhinaya
Vizhithiru movie director: Meera Kathiravan
Vizhithiru movie rating: 1.5 stars
The introduction of title logo in Meera Kathiravan’s Vizhithiru is eye-catching. Broken parts of the word come together to form a whole unit. It also suggests what the movie is aiming to do — tell us several stories which all are essentially part of a larger story. But the problem with Vizhithiru is that individual stories don’t add up quite coherently. The film feels like a mixed jigsaw puzzle that has been forced to fit, with promising leads that don’t go beyond.
After horror comedies, hyperlink cinema seems to Kollywood’s latest flavour. With the blockbuster Managaram, Kurangu Bommai setting the trend, Vizhithiru is the latest addition to the list. The film tries to document what happens during one fateful night, connecting several otherwise unrelated characters. The idea must have sounded fascinating on paper; a car ride which all characters incidentally end up being part of. Four separate stories getting entangled together at different points, pushing them to move forward together. However, the links get too long to establish themselves (almost three-fourths of the movie). The screenplay moves like staccato notes and doesn’t flow as it is supposed to. And when we do get to the links, they aren’t convincing enough. We end up having a mish-mash of ideas that could have done quite well on their own if fleshed out and presented properly.
Another qualm I had with Vizhithiru is that it is too ‘in-the-face’ at moments. The opening animation sequence, for instance. It’s not just a man running away from problems; he is a man who crosses difficulties, hurdles etc. Like literally, the words are written on the road he runs on. I think I can safely assume that the audience can figure that much. In one of the stories, a guy tries to hook up with a woman who challenges that he won’t be able to impress her. Later in the movie, she says ‘You can impress me by being humane as well’. Boom.
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Irony is the main theme of Vizhithiru. The rich businessman who brags about his wealth at the drop of a hat is made to borrow money from a beggar. A thief leaves the money he stole for a better life. But the mother of all ironies is when Sai Dhansikaa says ‘Thaayagathin Kula Vilake’, as she scampers off excitedly to watch the T.Rajendran song (Why was that song in the movie?). Considering the controversy that had happened, it was impossible to not find the situation funny. But, I happened to quite like Sai Dhansikaa’s role. Her slang was quite different despite the slight deviations in lip sync. It is always a delight to hear a heroine dub for herself and do it well too. In fact, of all the stories, I found Vidharth and Sai Dhansikaa the most entertaining, despite the flaws. I wonder how it would be if it is actually stretched into a full-fledged movie; two burglars who meet at the house they are about to steal and fancy each other. That could make a fascinating movie.