• Sandeep Chandrasekar

Vaanam Kottatum Movie Review

Vaanam Kottatum directed by Dhana stars Sarathkumar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu and Aishwarya Rajesh in the lead roles and Shantanu Bhagyaraj and Madonna Sebastian in the supporting roles. At the outset Vaanam Kottatum might seem like a classic revenge drama but it’s way more than that. Let me elaborate further.

 

Vaanam Kottatum starts off with two murders committed by Bose played by Sarathkumar in response to a billhook wielded at his brother. This sets the basic premise that it’s going to be a well worked  formulaic revenge drama. But the film has got in store various other elements that keeps adding layers and flavour to the movie. 

Sid Sriram’s music could be the distinct flavour in the movie. It’s timed perfectly from joyous scenes to melodramatic scenes. The top shots serve a primary purpose of setting the premise of the scene which is to follow, thus eliminating unnecessary dialogues, but at the same time it does not sacrifice the pace of the movie. 


Editing is top notch and it feeds you with what is going to happen next in the film. Though this might convey that its predictive, it's not so when you take into account the forthcoming sequences.  


Vaanam Kottatum’s ensemble cast is just perfect as everyone is given subtle character arcs. For example we see the gradual change in the strained relationship between Bose and his son and daughter. This felt slightly impressive since the change was not explicit like many other movies; thus linking this point back to the editing aspect. Everyone in the film have played their roles beautifully especially that of Vikram Prabhu and Shantanu Bhagyaraj. They don’t demand screen presence, but the way their characters have been etched on the script show that they are very capable actors. 

Madonna Sebastian’s character Preetha George could have easily been removed from the script but it portrays certain tiny details, which if noticed, can leave you quite impressed. For instance, Preetha says to Selva (Vikram Prabhu) that rarely do men see women’s eyes directly. Later in the movie, when Preetha’s father dies, Selva looks into the eyes of a devastated Preetha. This classic scene got elevated all because of that small link of one dialogue in the first half. 


Though the climax is cliched to the extent possible it still felt somewhat fresh and watchable. The biggest treasure Vaanam Kottatum has in its pocket is its clean writing which never felt clumsy in any part of the movie. The pace of the movie was steady and it didn’t progress too fast nor did it slump. The writers of the film allow the film to breathe and soak in all the emotions of the characters.  Anyone could have directed the film but it’s all because of the writing that made the movie appreciable. 


I felt that Vaanam Kottatum is a beautiful title which resonates a lot with the film. Literally it means, Let it Rain and it is justified quite well. Dhana, Mani Ratnam and Sid Sriram pour love, anger, hate, regret, forgiveness and various other emotions between the characters into the film. 


Vaanam Kottatum does nothing new here but the way it has been executed and shown on screen is quite refreshing and kept me engaged throughout the movie. Concluding Vaanam Kottatum is a solid drama which when seen deeply is much more than what you thought it was in the beginning. 

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