indiaglitz Rating – 3/5
The first half is predominantly allotted to comedy but they hardly evoke laughter. Only after 45 minutes running time, the first fight sequence occurs in the film. But the timing it comes. The way it unfolds and the way it has been conceived and executed makes us forget everything and enjoy. The interval fight block and the revelation about Ajith’s character that follows is another sequence to watch out for.
The second half is predominantly entertaining without considerable lags. The character of Ajith as a north Chennai rowdy who would do anything for money is well etched out and offers enormous scope for entertainment. The pre-climax portion with a slight twist and the climax fights add up to wholesome satisfactory feel of the film in terms of entertainment.
Brother-sister sentiment scenes backed by some meaningful dialogues penned by Siva have worked out well and that will sure be a delight to family audience. The adage that Ajith carries the film on his shoulders suits to this film than any other film the actor has acted so far. His performance level as an entertainer goes a few notches higher in this film. With his usual finesse in action sequences and sarcasm intact, Ajith dances and also hums some old songs in this film. He also utters the north Chennai slang impeccably. For his fans who would go berserk for his mere look and walk these are surplus entertainment moments. The performer in him comes to fore in emotional scenes. Overall this is going to be a memorable performances of Ajith in his career as a mass hero.
Shruthi Haasan comes across as another crazy girl kind of heroine who first misunderstands the hero and tries to avenge him only to get smitten by his extreme kindness later. Soori’s antics and dialogue delivery raise a few guffaws her and there but overall it gives a feel that the comedian could have done much better to lift the entertainment value in first half. Lakshmi Menon is convincing in her role as a kind-hearted innocent girl while Thambi Ramiah beautifully capitalizes the opportunity perform in his last scene with Ajith.
Music is one of the big plusses of the film Songs, two each in both the halves, thankfully do not hamper the pace of the narration. While ‘Veera Vinayaka’ and ‘Aaluma Doluma’ are mass number that succeed in setting the dancing mood, the other two songs pass muster. Rerecording in the action scenes, especially the Theri theme is fantastic.
Stun Silva ‘s actions sequences is the most efficient entertainment booster of the film. The entire team of Silva, Anirudh, cinematographer Vetri, Editor Ruben, director Siva and Ajith who has pulled this off on the screen should be commended for such a brilliant effort in all the fight scenes of the film.
Verdict – ‘Vedalam’ is an enjoyable mass entertainer. Put on your seat belts and enjoy the ride.