Cast Thambi Ramaiah, Varun, Madan Gopal, ‘Smile’ Selva, Ajeedh
A film within a film, Vu’s plot centres around an aspiring film director who struggles against various odds, turns them to his advantage and realises his goal. Thambi Ramaiah who has played supporting roles in various films, gets to play the lead here. Quite comfortable in the role of Ganesh, Ramaiah fairly and competently essays the travails of a man who refuses to give up. Helmed by a debutant director, the film has freshers in the cast.
‘Kodambakkam has never disappointed the talented and the persistent’, goes one of the opening captions. The director while following the travails of Ganesh to get a foothold in films as a director, takes a light-hearted dig at the showbiz industry, some of the superstitions and idiosyncracies related to it, and the cliches in our films.
Ganesh finally finds a producer (Pahalwan Ranganathan) to back his film. Ganesh forms his own team of assistants with four drifters he had come across at a police station, where he had been hauled up for drunkeness.
The producer’s recommendation includes the effeminate hero (his makeover is amazing), and a quirky music director. As Ganesh develops his screenplay and each guy pitches in his idea, it’s visualised on screen for us. Finally, a love story with childhood lovers, a villain of the piece and some suspense and action thrown in, takes shape. Ganesh puts it together to present it to the producer. Some of the characters are quirky, and the more than a dozen fresh faces fit in neatly as a team. The interesting part of Ganesh’s film which he titles Vu, is the last episode that includes a boy, an animated cat and a mouse.
Innovative in his thinking, debutant director Ashik seems to be bursting with ideas. If only they were all put together in a more coherent and a consistent manner. There are some sparkling lines with a play on words. The film has some hilarious moments and genuine fun elements. But they are few and far between. Also, the screenplay seems like bits and pieces put together, the narration jumpy. Vu, confined to about two hours of viewing time, is at it’s best a promising debut by a filmmaker.