Vidiyum Varai Pesu, Well Intended but Gone Haywire - The New Indian Express

Vidiyum Varai Pesu, Well Intended but Gone Haywire

Published: 18th January 2014 11:25 AM

Last Updated: 18th January 2014 11:26 AM

Film: Vidiyum Varai Pesu

Director:  A B Mugan

Cast:  Anith, Nanma, Vaidehi, Kathir, Manobala

Modern gadgets can be a boon or a bane, depending on the way they are used. With this as his premise, debutant director-producer Mugan weaves a plot revolving around a man, a woman and a cellphone. It’s an unusual storyline, and the director can be complemented for trying to think differently. But a lack of experience probably led to his inability to execute his ideas in a way that was interesting and appealing.

The film opens with a seriously injured man lying in a hospital. Suddenly turning violent on the nurse who was talking on her cellphone, the man heaps abuse on her. The film goes into a flashback mode to explain his behaviour, and of how he came to be in the situation he was in.

The movie begins in a village, depicting the family life  of Surendar (debutant Anith). It shifts to Chennai, where Surendar goes to take up a job. It is where his whole life turns topsy-turvy, thanks to an anonymous call from a girl on his cellphone.

While the first half is watchable, the momentum in the second half slackens. To depict the danger of women indulging in idle chats with anonymous men, the plot diverts to a terrorist group. But the whole episode turns farcical. The doctor’s therapy for curing Surendar of his madness is simplistic and cinematic.

Scenes of Surendar’s eagerness as he awaits her calls, their long talks (title aptly selected), and his obsession with her has a natural flow. One of the better moments is when Surendar’s mom visits him on his birthday and he anxiously waits for the girl to arrive. Realistic are the scenes where a frustrated Surendar goes on a path of self destruction. Debutant Anith performs these moments with fair competence.

In a film that is just about 128 minutes, there are too many songs. The comedy track of Maari who flicks cellphones, and makes deals with the owners at wine bars for free drinks doesn’t generate much humour. Vidiyum Varai Pesu is good intention gone haywire.

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