Cast: Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Jagapathi Babu, Daniel Balaji, Thambi Ramaiah, Sathish
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematographer: M Sukumar
Editor: Praveen K L
What is it about: It’s about a Collection agent who takes up a grave issue pertaining to Medical Colleges highlighted by his girlfriend, what happens next forms the crux of the story directed by Bharathan.
Why it’s disappointing: Pongal has been a lucky charm for Vijay and Bairavaa is no exception. Definitely will have the cash registers ringing for the Producers. Unfortunately just being a block buster at the box office has become the fate Tamil Cinema these days. Bairavaa loses so much in terms of content. It runs on a template with Hero, a beautiful heroine, a powerful Villain and to support a sidekick comedian-best friend. But this template was not perfectly used to its commercial requisite. Bharathan manages to keep the requisites at regular intervals giving an illusion of a good entertainer. But when the audience get to their senses, it falls flat.
The film starts at a great note with a powerful Hero intro backed with a gripping BGM. But with the pace it starts it falls flat within few minutes with a dragging feature. Just when enthuse fans are about to sleep, director introduces a pumping pre-climax fight sequence which brings everyone to a thought, hoping for an engaging second half. Unfortunately the second half is a BIG let-down. It has one too many flash cuts for the Villain who likes to explain everything he has done in a sarcastic way, which gets too annoying as it repeats and the same is done by Vijay in the end as well.
Vijay who manages to pull it off always with his charm, which has worked once again. But it’s getting too tiring, just when we thought he was off the regular track, he hopped back a bit in THERI and now full on board with Bairavaa.
Keerthy Suresh has been used as an accessory rather an actor. I think she will be considered for her performances only when the biopic on “Savitri” releases. Until then she will be trolled in spite of her being talented.
Jagapathi Babu as PK, is one the weakest villain in recent time from Tamil Cinema. His one liners were too cheesy and didn’t suit the character. Sathish hardly had any role in the film. Daniel Balaji in spite of being a good actor couldn’t hold his ground with poor characterization.
On the music front Santhosh Narayanan was average on songs, as Vijay movies are quite known for chartbusters. It was an unlike Vijay and Santhosh Narayanan album.
What to watch out for: The film had a great technical team. And that my friends, saves the film to an extent. Cinematography by Sukumar was delectable, he did a great job. And the editing by Praveen KL was sharp and precise, which manages to hold the weak screenplay woven by Bharathan. The art direction by Prabhakaran was great and the action by Anal Arasu was decent, in spite of being quite over the top at few places.
Verdict: Bharathan takes the old wine and packages in to a new bottle with a strong technical team. Unfortunately that makes Bairavaa a treat for the fans and a bore for the general audience, thus making it a one-time watch.
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