Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven
Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven: A Sub-Par Remake With Silly Comedy That’s Devoid Of Focus
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Directed by Sundar C, Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven is an action comedy film starring Silambarasan Thesingu Raja, Ramya Krishnan, Megha Akash, Catherine Tresa and Prabhu in leading roles. The film is a remake of the Telugu film Attarintiki Daredi starring Pawan Kalyan. When you remake a film, it is extremely important to tweak the screenplay to suit the audience of the region you are targeting. Attarintiki Daredi has a pretty basic storyline and if adapted to the taste of the Tamil audience, it could’ve served the purpose of a family entertainer. But director Sundar C takes a screenplay that is suited to serve the image of Kalyan and presents it to you sans any changes. This is why Simbu feels out of place in the film. Moreover, this old-school formula could’ve worked if it was merged with a fresh perspective but using the same old ‘Kalakalappu’ treatment to fuel a remake just lands flat and feels quite insipid to sit through.
Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven opens in Madrid with a millionaire business magnate, Raghunandhan (Nasser) pouring his heart out to his grandson, Aadhi (Silambarasan). Raghunathan aches to be reunited with his estranged daughter Nandini (Ramya Krishnan), who he drove out of his home, twenty years ago when she decided to marry a lawyer, Prakash (Prabhu) who he felt was beneath their financial status. Now, pledging to his grandfather that they will be a reconciled family on his 80th birthday, Aadhi sets off to India. Soon, he enters Nandhini by assuming a false identity, Raja and procures a job as a driver in their household. Whether or not Aadhi is successful in his attempts to bring his family together forms the crux of this film.
Nearly a decade after it’s release, director Sundar C still cannot seem to let go of his 2012 film Kalakalappu. The film’s over the top comedy seems to be the only comedy in his films off-late. Be it Aranmanai, Aambala or Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven, only the actors change, but the formula and treatment behind each of these stories seem to be the same. Now, the director takes up a film like Attarintiki Daredi, which uses the nuances and image of Pawan Kalyan to determine the story’s direction and directly remakes it for the Tamil audience. How will the same references be suitable for the Tamil audience?
Just so no one directly points a finger at him, the director has laced the film heavily with references to Simbu’s real life. Be it his failed relationships or his tardiness when it comes to shooting, everything is made fun of and thrown into the mix. But is this alone enough for the story to take off? Unfortunately, these references make the film much worse. They derail the film’s central focus and happily fashion a Simbu themed screenplay out of poor jokes and meaningless story development.
But one of the most intolerable aspects of Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven is its punchlines. All of the dialogues are written like rhymes. It’s hard to take Simbu seriously or even look on with a straight face when he tries to rhyme words like ‘Nambi Kettavanga and Nambaama Kettavanga’.
Furthermore, the core focus of the film is to bring an estranged family together. But the central character loses sight of this mission and takes you through silly humor and stale action. As expected there is an inappropriate love triangle too. In one scene, Aadhi enters Maaya’s room and on realizing she needs help to zip up her dress, he lends her a hand. Neither of them knows each other and yet this scene is passed off so casually.
In comparison to the rest of the film, Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven’s climax is slightly better. At least in this segment, you get to see the characters expressing their emotions. If this emotional beat was established earlier on, the film could’ve done much better.
As Aadhi, Simbu has delivered an average performance but considering the fact that he was handed such a poorly constructed character, his performance is relatively good. As Nandini, Ramya Krishnan gets typecasted to play another shade of Neelambari yet again. After Padayappa, it is as though the actress can only be seen in roles that have major resemblances to her portrayal of Neelambari. As Prakash, Prabhu barely has the scope to perform. Yogi Babu’s comedy, as usual, is based on his appearance. The leading ladies Megha Akash and Catherine Tresa have extremely limited acting skills and the latter’s lip-sync is simply terrible.
Visually, Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven follows a typical commercial template, nothing new and nothing bad either. The editing could’ve been sharper though. The stunt sequences too could’ve been approached from an original perspective. Hip-hop Tamizha’s music is sub-par, but his eclectic remix of Vaanga Machan Vaanga saves the album.
On the whole, Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven is neither a comedy film nor an action entertainer. It starts off with a goal only to lose sight of it, shortly after. At a time when even good films struggle to make the two-week mark, sub-par remakes made so carelessly stands no chance at all.