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Velaikkaran (2017) | Tamil Movie

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Dec 12 2017
Velaikkaran (2017) | Tamil Movie
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Genre : Drama, Thriller
Release : Dec 22, 2017
Duration : 2:40:00
Language : Tamil
Cast : Sivakarthikeyan, Fahadh Faasil, Nayanthara, Prakash Raj, Sneha, Vijay Vasanth, Thambi Ramaiah, Sathish, RJ Balaji, Robo Shankar, Rohini, Charle
Director : Mohan Raja
Story : Mohan Raja
Music : Anirudh Ravichandar
Editor : Ruben, Vivek Harshan
Cinematography : Ramji
Velaikkaran is a Social Drama – Thriller film by “Thani Oruvan” fame Mohan Raja. It features Sivakarthikeyan in the lead role while Nayanthara and Fahadh Faasil playing pivotal roles. The supporting cast includes Prakash Raj, Sneha, Vijay Vasanth, Thambi Ramaiah, Sathish, RJ Balaji, Robo Shankar, Rohini and Charle. Anirudh Ravichandar has composed music and scores for the film. Ramji, Ruben and Vivek Harshan has backed the film in Editing and cinematography.
Aruvu (Sivakarthikeyan) aims to realign his neighbour’s lifestyle and drives hard only to fail when he realizes the sufferings of his parents. To earn his bread, he joins as a sales executive in a food processing company. His happiness doesn’t last long when he finds out the adulteration in food products committed by his company.
How did Aruvu find the food adulteration? Will he succeed in bringing down the culprits behind it? Watch the movie to unfold the thrilling story.

Times of India | 5/10 Stars

 An enterprising youngster in a slum wants his people to lead a life of dignity but has to take on an ambitious capitalist, who only wants to dominate his field. Mohan Raja tells us what he is after with Velaikkaran is not telling a story but a message. For the most part, the film fails to walk the fine line between telling the story of an idealistic youngster and his face-off against a force of ambition. Sivakarthikeyan, who, for a change, plays a man with a purpose. It’s definitely a new attempt for this actor, he convincingly captures the idealism of Arivu. And he is ably complemented by the understated Fahadh Faasil (making his Tamil debut), who is impressive in a role. Nayanthara’s is largely a supporting role, but the actress makes up for it with her screen presence. The host of supporting actors, from Prakash Raj and Sneha to Rohini and Charle, are well cast, but you can’t help wondering if they should have been utilised better. Read more…

The Indian Express | 6/10 Stars

Velaikkaran has several things that are fresh. The concept of a community radio in a slum, for example. Mohan Raja’s effort is visible; there is solid research that backs the story. Also, the movie does make you think right from the first scene. Velaikkaran truly belongs to Sivakarthikeyan who has delivered his best yet. The actor has truly had a transformation. Fahadh Faasil’s role doesn’t spring any surprises but the actor makes it work. The most disappointing role in the film was of Nayanthara. Why opt for a character that isn’t integral to the story? On the other hand, Sneha gets a better deal with a brief but vital role in the story. Velaikkaran is a film that has its heart in the right place. It asks several pertinent questions but flounders in its zeal to cram too much. If not for the societal inclinations, watch it for Sivakarthikeyan because Velaikkaran definitely marks the rise of a young star. Read more…

Deccan Chronicle | 5/10 Stars

Mohan Raja has done extensive research on the subject. ‘Velaikkaran’ has heaps of messages and symbolism that it derails the intriguing drama that is a natural part of an absorbing story. Mohan Raja’s apt choice of casting is laudable. Sivakarthikeyan as Arivu is in different territory here, and he shines in his movements and body language. And his earnest attempts to engage the audiences are praiseworthy. Fahadh Faasil’s Kollywood debut is impressive. He looks handsome and has given a riveting performance. Nayanthara has not much to do besides just to show up. The rest actors like Prakash Raj, Sneha, RJ Balaji, Robo Shankar, Mansoor Ali Khan chime in as well. While Anirudh’s songs were already hits, BGM is measured and decent. Editing, cinematography and art direction are all on par. Overall, ‘Velaikkaran’ is a mixed experience. Read more…

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