Namma Veettu Pillai (Review): Cliché storyline with shades of humour

Namma Veettu Pillai

Dosed with humour sentiment and practicality, Namma Veettu Pillai doesn’t fail to deliver. Come-back movie of Sivakarthikeyan decorates him as a devoted brother, son and family to everyone with a heart. Bharathiraja, has set a high bench mark for anyone to reach and he’s proven himself quite worthy of the same. All the Tamil language lovers might definitely demand more screen time for Bharathiraja, for he might be delving into emotional web but how does one forget his grip on the beautiful language and who wouldn’t want to hear more from him, on any given day.

Samuthirakani sir, having a history of choosing movies with great caution and criticality- reminds us all of his thinking process and talents which brought him where he is. As a lay-man, I too was left wanting to see more of Samuthirakani sir on stage with his remarkable dialogue delivery and screen presence- he doesn’t fail in making one stand in awe of his majestic posture. Music by D. Imman has kept one and more humming the tunes all day.

The cast has made it easy for the audience to swallow bitter sentiments, with humour easing our pain. With moments where one would struggle to fight off a tear, the director and crew have once again held the baton high. Somehow to me Director Pandiraj’s son who played Soori’s son in the movie, stole the show. His witty come backs and courageous retorts kept the flame burning bright and showed one and all how, talent and show business is genetically induced in this case. As a person who has had a soft corner for Soori as a leading comedian and low-key hoping that he too, doesn’t jump into dreams of turning a cringe worthy hero anytime soon- I applaud his consistency and appreciate the timing and family-time approved jokes in this movie.

Aishwarya Rajesh

The choice of the heroine seemed like a prank on the money paying audience but easily over thrown by the protagonist – Aishwarya Rajesh (Sivakarthikeyan’s sister) around whom the entire movie revolves. She has carried on her shoulder the 2-3 hours with ease and with such remarkable stride. She’s one of the few in the industry who makes it more and more obvious that she’s not destiny’s child but is made of hard work and some quality work. Be it humour, song or sentiment- the chemistry between Siva and Aishwarya have taken the goal all the way home. Bearing with the stereotyped “heroine” with a pinch of salt, the overall movie has been a class act. Though started out to portray her as an ambitious modern woman who has forgotten her roots, somehow becomes irrelevant in the movie and a mere necessity to feed the stereotype that the hero needs a duet pair.

The scenes where they’ve played with the black and white drop with the sibling duo- has managed to bring a curve of a smile on many. Couldn’t have chosen a better protagonist to repeat the cliché storyline in their own humorous manner. Chemistry between Siva and Soori is impossible to miss- and has been a steady advantage over the past as well. Tried and tested methods for a safe victory. The director has used everyone’s key qualities in the most lucrative manner, proving his strategy at it. However, one would find it mandatory to convey the displeasure about the pairing for Siva, for better understanding I’d compare this to Amy Jackson in Theri- could’ve been better but thankfully no one would be focusing there. But that’s be just my personal opinion. It has proved to be a joyous occasion for Aishwarya Rajesh, for the stage was all hers and stayed that way.

The movie revolves around the family relationships and their differences.

Talking about the other characters, Subbu Panchu sir plays a character with a negative tinge and has been seen with a beard- simply enhancing his screen presence. Beard hasn’t done him any wrong and neither has his performance. As someone often seen to portray a pure soul with whom the audience often connects to or pats on his back- like his role in Boss Engira Baskaran or even Briyani.

The movie revolves around the family relationships and their differences. Protagonist believes that everyone must be treated with care, irrespective of their status or position and he faces obstacles when the view of others varies. His unbound love for his sister and his determination to see her live a peaceful life has brought about Goosebumps in us. How he prioritises to give respect to his family over his personal love life, has made us view him with respect. Might seem outlandishly theatrical but eased with good quality humour.

In total, family affection with cliché storyline and country side background somehow still safely hits home and is on its way to stay a blockbuster. Sivakarthikeyan starrer, rather, Aishwarya AND Siva starrer- is a crowd pleaser.

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Akila Sridhar
A girl hailing from Chennai, with bag full of distractions and list of movies yet to watch. Your friendly neighbourhood writer with a degree in accounting while finding a muse in anyone and anything around. Iruvar being her favourite scripted movie, to appreciating the varied layers of Uthama Villain, she grew up.

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