Veera Sivaji movie review: Nothing works in this Vikram Prabhu-starrer

Veera Sivaji movie review: This Vikram Prabhu film is deeply flawed

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Updated: December 16, 2016 6:57:43 pm

Veera Sivaji movie review: Vikram Prabhu film is deeply flawed Vikram Prabhu and Shamili in Veera Sivaji

Veera Sivaji movie cast: Vikram Prabhu, Shamili, John Vijay

Veera Sivaji movie director: Ganesh Vinayak

Actor Vikram Prabhu badly needs a hit after giving back-to-back box office flops. In order to achieve that, the filmmakers have played very safely in making his latest film Veera Sivaji, which is deeply formulaic. Vikram plays an ideal hero, with a heart of gold, nerves of steel and brains to spare. The problem is, this film may have worked 10 yeas ago, but today it doesn’t even have a shot at success.

The film opens with a crime as hundreds of people lose money to a conman, played by John Vijay, who nurtures the dream of becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu one day with the money he swindled from the public. One devastated and helpless victim of the scam fills the audience with the hope that the gods will send ‘the one’, who will make the bad people pay for their sins. Cut to the next scene, Sivaji is introduced engaging baddies in a fistfight to save a damsel in distress. From there, director Ganesh Vinayak attempts to entertain the audience by singing the praises of the hero.

Sivaji meets Anjali, played by Shamili, in a road accident and it is love at the first fight for him. In no time, even Anjali falls for him, with little effort from the hero’s side, thanks to his overrated principles. The main twist comes in the story when he learns that his niece, not in blood but in the bond, has a rare type of brain tumour. She needs to be operated upon urgently and the procedure costs a fortune, to be exact Rs 25 lakh. The honest cab driver in Puducherry turns to everyone, including two conmen played by Robo Shankar and Yogi Babu for help. When he is told one financier is giving away money four times the amount deposited with him, Sivaji doesn’t even think twice. Principles, go to hell. He falls prey to John Vijay’s scheme and loses all his money. But, unlike others, he doesn’t wait for a divine intervention, he vows to get back at the people who wronged him and get his money back.

Just before the interval, Sivaji tracks down John Vijay and robs him of his scammed wealth. The screenplay during that part of the movie is smart and you even start rooting for the hero for playing the bad people so intelligently. But, everything goes drastically downhill from there.

Sivaji meets with an accident and ends up with amnesia. This includes the memory of where he hid the money that he looted from the scamsters and the fact that his niece has a tumour in the brain. With so much at stake, the hero’s journey from there could have been engaging, instead the film goes down the rabbit hole of bad screenplay and pure drivel.

Shamili has made a comeback in Kollywood as a heroine with this film. She is looking beautiful, but she plays a forgettable role. Hopefully, her next film will give her enough space to prove her talent, which she showcased as a child actor. The comic characters of Robo Shankar and Yogi Babu are inspired by Suresh and Ramesh ad commercial. They are the only means of making this film entertaining.

To be fair to Vikram and Ganesh, formulaic films have helped most of the top stars of today in Tamil industry. However, if he pays close attention to the performances of his previous films like Idhu Enna Maayam, Vikram would understand that audience finds it difficult to accept him as a ‘mass hero’. Vikram should reassess his strength and weakness as an actor and do films accordingly.

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