When formula films rule Kollywood, coming like a whiff of fresh air is Vaanam. At a time when everyone complain that there is no story in contemporary Tamil cinema, director Krish has woven five stories together for Vaanam.
A remake of Telugu hit Vedam, it is a multi-starrer with equal footage for all lead artistes. More in the lines of Western films, Krish has managed to narrate different stories with different backgrounds, with consummate ease and style.
In a nutshell, the movie is about few individuals and their outlook on this world. How it changes at the end of the day forms the crux.
Cable Raja (Simbu), a cable operator, gets hold of a rich girlfriend (Jasmin Bhasin). He dupes her saying that he is rich kid and he is in search of money. Bharath Chakravarthy (Bharath) is an aspiring rock star and he is all set to give his first live performance.
Saroja (Anushka) is a prostitute, who flees from her employer and flees to the city to make a career on her own. And we have a Muslim couple (Prakash Raj and Sonia) coming to city in search of their kin and an oldman along with his daugter-in-law, who wants money to save his grandson from the hands of a money-lender.
All how these different characters comes together unitensionally for a noble cause is Vaanam is all about.
The film is straight forward and makes us to think, besides providing entertainment.
Vaanam is a welcome addition to the list of quality films in Kollywood.
Simbu is as usual impressive in the company of Santhanam and VTV Ganesh. Anushka is apt for the role, while the rest of the cast deliver a packing performance. Yuvan Shankar stands out with good musical score.
However the pace is the major lacunae which dips drastically in the second half.