A potpourri of lacklustre narration and lifeless performances

Published: 23rd June 2014 09:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2014 09:54 AM   |  A+A-


An insipid screenplay, lacklustre narration and some uninspiring performances make sure that Vetriselvan leaves no impact. Puducherry and Ooty are the places where the plot resumes pace. Three men, who are on the run from the police, choose Ooty as their hiding spot. The climax is played out in Puducherry, the setting for the background story of the trio. The trio — Vetri (Ajmal Ameer), professor Ananthakrishnan (Mano) and Ganesh (Sherief)  — work in Ooty as mechanics at a workshop run by Kanja Karuppu. While Kanja makes attempts to bring in humour in the plot, the situations in the movie make it extremely difficult for the audience to have a hearty laugh.

The adventures the trio experience are depicted in a light hearted manner, with criminal lawyer Sujata (Radhika) falling for Vetri. Ajmal’s is a lifeless performance. There is a lack of involvement by the actor even when the situation in the second half turns serious. Though she’s wasted in a weak character, Radhika Apte must be given credit for her efforts and getting her lip-sync correct. The story of the trio’s past is narrated as a flashback, set in a mental health centre in Puducherry. The scenes could have added some emotional punch to the narration, but it’s clichés that are abound.

Unscrupulous doctors, organ-trade racket and apathy to the mental health of patients — all form part of the scenario. There are just a couple of passable moments in the film. One is the landslide at Ooty which seems real. The other is the twist in the story and a portion of unholy happenings at the centre. If any actor manages to make an impact despite the insipid proceedings, it’s Azhagam Perumal as the warden of the centre. Vetriselvan offers nothing new or exciting to the audience.

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