Direction: A L Vijay
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Prakash Raj, Thambi Ramaiah, Sayyeshaa Saigal
Music: Harris Jayaraj
What is it about: It’s an action adventure film, which revolves around Jara/Vaasi (Jayam Ravi) who hails from a tribe and ends up in the city of Chennai, what leads to that forms the crux of the story directed by AL Vijay.
Why it’s disappointing: There’s nothing more we can expect from this film, it was neatly done for the budget given. Of course few things could’ve been avoided, and a suitable supporting cast could’ve changed the direction of the film, making it better than a decent watch.
What to watch out for: The film was loosely, unofficially adapted from few Jungle Boy movies from Hollywood. But with constraint, director manage to make the most of it. And did a neat job in presenting an entertainer which doesn’t disappoint you entirely. It had all the required ingredients to make a commercial entertainer for the entire family.
Jayam Ravi, did a great job. He hardly had any dialogues, which gave ample room for him to perform and he did a commendable job.
The surprise package was Sayyeshaa Saigal, new to Tamil cinema and is already very comfortable with the language. She did a great job, and had a meaty role by the side of the lead. An actress who can dance, act and emote, definitely a triple threat.
Thambi Ramaiah, was comical and manages to tickle your funny bone here and there keeping you entertained.
The film’s production design by Jayashree was great, she did a fine job in creating an aura apt for the film in required places. For those who remember the house from Malayalam film “Charlie”, was done by her.
The cinematography by Tirru was delectable and was sharply edited by Anthony. The music by Harris Jayaraj was good.
Verdict: AL Vijay, is the master of emotional family entertainers and he strikes it again with Vanamagan. He did a fine job with the film, in spite of something we have seen many time over and over on the screen, he manages to make it entertaining in his own way. Definitely worth a watch.