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Almost a decade in Tamil cinema as a director but Vetrimaaran had only given two films, Polladhavan and Aadukalam. Apart from the fact that both were critically acclaimed, they also raked in some serious box office collections. This time he’s back to prove that his winning streak is no luck but pure talent with his latest flick, Visaranai. Though this film was ready to see the day light quite a while back, thanks to film festivals and awards, we got to see it a bit late.

Visaranai is the story of how four Tamil speaking labourers in Andhra get framed for a crime that they didn’t commit just to close a case and how they managed to escape from it only to land in a bigger mess back home in Tamilnadu. There is humour, a small love track and major political conspiracies along with corruption and brutality mixed together to give a film which sounds commercial but still doesn’t fall under that category.

First half shows the horror of these four wrongly accused being tortured mentally and physically and a twist of turns see them set free to Tamilnadu. That’s where in the second half they endure complications which makes them feel that their previous state was much better. While the pre interval scenes are simple and straightforward, post interval, the political scheme, immorality and acts of betrayal gives it a nail biting climax.

Attakathi Dinesh has delivered his best performance till date as one of the accused. Every inch of him emotes and this is apparent in the scenes where his body rattles when being caned mercilessly by the cops. Along with him, Aadukalam Murugadoss, who became famous with his dialogue ‘Come to my home’, has done his role to perfection and also happens to provide some humorous moments in an otherwise gritty story. This film is yet another feather to Samuthirakani’s cap as an actor and his role as a cop who’s forced to go against his conscience is really commendable. Yet another regular from Vetrimaaran’s stable, Kishore’s character as a political scandalmonger delivers so much of his acting competency in the minimal time frame. Anandhi has nabbed the role of a Telugu speaking maid with whom Dinesh develops feelings for.

Vetrimaaran, though just three films old, has made himself a trademark and has established as a bankable director. G.V. Prakash, a regular in Vetrimaaran’s film has done a good job with the background music. Camera works is excellent and so is the editing by late Kishore.

Overall, Visaranai can be either seen as a piece of art or a peep into the actual brutality and political conspiracies but can never be seen as yet another film. Its gruesome and brutal scenes might be something hard to shake off one’s mind but it doesn’t mean Visaranai is a disturbing film with gore. As a matter of fact, scenes that show bloodshed change into black and white to make things palatable to our audience. Considering that it’s inspired from real life events, Visaranai is a film that gets it’s point across deep and strong.

Visaranai – Nirabarathigalin vaakumoolam !!!



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