Director Anjana, a protege of Goutham Vasudev Menon, has touched on the underworld in Chennai slums in Veppam, intertwined with romance, friendship and deceit.
The first half is more breezy where the director tries to establish the characters, while the latter part is more like a puzzle put together. Anjana has opted for a fresh cast and it works in her favour.
Telugu actor Nani, 'Evam' Karthik, Bindhu Madhavi, Nithya Menon play pivotal roles. Muthukumar as Nani's elder brother fits the bill well.
Three cheers to cinematographer Om Prakash and music director Joshua Sridhar. Both have done full justice to the script with their work.
Balaji (Muthukumar) takes care of his younger brother Karthick (Nani), an engineering student in Chennai. Brought up in the slums, the brothers have a troubled past. Karthik spends all his time with his friend Vishnu (Evam Karthi). He romances Revathy (Nithya Menon) in whose house he is brought up.
Vishnu falls for Viji (Bindhu Madhavi), a sex worker in the milieu. Jothi, who works for a woman don, wants to use Vishnu for his personal gains. He promises to hand over Viji to him and asks the young man to do a favour. In the process, Vishnu gets killed and the blame falls on Karthik. Comes Balaji to the rescue his brother.
The songs Mazhai Varum Ariguri and Oru Devadhai are catchy. And when it comes to the background score, Joshua scores again adding to the thrills and suspense in the screenplay.
Anjana ensures that there is enough action and pace in the film to sustain the interest of the audience. But on the flip side, the movie has several scenes that are very familiar and a couple of characters that are cliched.