After a successful stint with Boss Engira Bhaskaran, the combination of Rajesh, Arya and Santhanam is back to deliver a laugh riot. Following the disappointing All in all Azhagu Raja, Director Rajesh had a lot at stake with V.S.O.P. This also marks Arya’s 25th film making it a memorable one for his fans. It’s no wonder that this film is produced by Arya himself under his banner ‘The Show People’. Apart from the hero and comedian, Tamannaah makes her comeback after the blockbuster Baahubali. Bhanu and comedienne Vidyullekha Raman form the rest of cast members of V.S.O.P.
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavange, just like all of Rajesh’s film, is the story of two friends. For Arya and Santhanam, as being friends from childhood, pranks are something they enjoy pulling on each other. When Santhanam falls for one of Arya’s antics, it frustrates Santhanam’s wife Bhanu who tells him to end his friendship with Arya. Without much choice, Santhanam assumes that getting Arya married off would be the only way to save his own marriage. What happens after that forms the crux of V.S.O.P.
All of Rajesh’s films have Santhanam in a pivotal role on par with the lead and V.S.O.P is no different. Santhanam, along with Arya have carried the film on their shoulders and both have given a really good performance. Tamannaah has finally bagged a significant role and has done her part perfectly. Bhanu, who’s last successful film as the heroine also happened to be her first, has done a commendable role as Santhanam’s wife. Vidyullekha’s character has given enough scope to showcase her talents, which she has done amazingly well. Behind the screen, Nirav Shah’s cinematography looks top notch. Imman’s songs could’ve been better and the same goes to background music too. Moreover the songs are squeezed in at inappropriate sections of the film making it obsolete.
V.S.O.P relies heavily on Santhanam’s one liners and quirky comebacks. First half flows like a breeze with a number of funny instances. Second half couldn’t repeat the same magic as the story is forced to rely on insult humor. Comical scenes where the lead and comedian are under the influence and wacky humor made at the cost of demeaning women’s nature are Rajesh’s trademark shots which he has overused in this film. In keeping with the tradition of having a special appearance by another hero, Rajesh has pulled in Vishal to do a short yet pleasant role.
Overall, it’s good to see the winning combination of Santhanam and Rajesh back on track and V.S.O.P will surely entertain the set of audiences who prefer the ‘leave your brain at the door’ type of comedy films.