Who said movies are meant only to entertain masses? They can be used even as a medium to educate and enlighten the people. Director Sargunam deserves applause for trying to render a entertainer laced with a strong message, that bis more relevant and appropriate for the day.
Vaagai Sooda Vaa speaks about the need to educate children, who are deprived of it. Any social change in the society can occur only if a generatiuon is given formal education seems to Sargunam's argument. Though a touch of docu-drama may be prevalent in the film, for the speed at which it progress, one can forget for the fact that he has handled the script well.
The movie begins in Pudukottai, where Veluthambi (Vimal), son of Annamalai (K Bhagiyaraj), is urged to take up a government job by everyone in his family. To prepare him for the government job, his father advices his son to go to a village and help educate children working in a bricklin as part of social service. Things change Velu's life when he reaches the village. He gets attracted by the innocent ways of lives the people living their lead.
The young children there are forced to work in bricklin and education is deprived to them. Steps in Veluthambi with a mission to educate the children. Of course he comes across Madhi (Iniya) and romance blossoms. And there is protests for his dreams to educate children from local landlord,. How all things are achieved by him forms the rest.
The highlight of the movie is Vimal's characterisation. Unlike his earlier movies, he is more calm, sedate and delivers a knockout punch. His body language and dialogue delivery are apt. His costumes too deserve a special mention.watch. The young Iniya is impressive. Her spontaneous emotions and expressions hold good for the film. K Bhagiyaraj as usual leaves his presence with his performance while the likes of Thambi Ramiah, Ponnvannan and Thennavan excel. Watch out for the group of young kids in the film. Sargunam deserves a special mention for extracting the best from the young children.
If Gibran's music is the backbone of the movie, Vairamuthu's lyrics gives beauty to it. The songs too are picturised in a different way. Omprakash's cinematography gives life to the film. Art by Seenu is good.
On the whole, Sargunam has given a film that both entertaining and educative.