VILAYADU MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Vinay, Kajal Agarwal, Kalabhavan
Mani, Santhanam, Mayilsamy.
Mediaone Global Entertainment
tale of big businessmen and
the games they play, that is
Modhi Vilayadu. In the world
of business tycoons, money flows
in millions, assets are worth
even more. But, the state wouldn’t
be too happy to know that so
much wealth belongs to a single
person. That is where the concept
of ‘binami’ (pseudo
ownership) comes into play;
clever way to hoodwink the government off
taxes and also to mislead business competitors
from one’s real assets. The ‘binami’
idea is the central theme of Modhi Vilayadu.
A Saran directorial venture after three
years, much was expected from this tale
of big money, property and rivalries. Does
Kalabhavan Mani plays a multi millionaire
and quite naturally he has quite a few rivals
in business. He keeps amassing wealth through
various means, his rivalries also keep growing
and he is aware of the fact that he could
be targeted any time, even his family could
be the victim. But he has plans in place
to protect his son; he plays a game of identities.
Vinay is the pawn in this tactic and even
he is not aware of it. He lives a high flying
life of great wealth and splendor, as the
inheritor of all that Kalabhavan Mani has.
But when fate decides to cut short a person’s
life, the most meticulous of plans fail
and that is what happens. Kalabhavan Mani
is devastated at what has happened and Vinay
is puzzled when he finds himself stripped
off many of the luxuries that he used to
enjoy. He wants to know what is happening
and he wants the world to know the truth.
But revealing the truth could not be in
the best interests of Kalabhavan Mani and
But, Vinay is not ready to give up. Using
the resources that have been left at his
disposal, he begins playing games that make
Kalabhavan Mani lose his sleep, constantly
taunting him. Who gets the better of the
other? Do the business rivals remain silent
or do they spill more blood? Does fate have
more curious designs to reveal? Modhi Vilayadu
offers the answers.
Modhi Vilayadu was meant to be a gripping
game of big rivals going for each other
with vengeance and cunning. It is all there,
except the grip. The premise is interesting,
the games they play are intriguing, but
the proceedings are not exciting. In short,
the journey fails to engage you. The masked
identities, the target and fate’s
unpredictability interest you, but it is
when Vinay begins his attempts to checkmate
Kalabhavan Mani that you feel a bit let
down. Some of the situations in the screenplay
are highly improbable occurrences for a
multi millionaire to be seen in. Other weak
points in the film include the romantic
track between Vinay and Kajal Aggarwal which
is absolutely flat; does not evoke any feelings.
Mani is his usual self in Modhi Vilayadu,
playing his part to satisfaction. Vinay
very much fits the character of someone
who has grown and lived amidst riches; his
voice too sits well on the role. Kajal Aggarwal
has precious little to do. VMC Haneefa provides
some enjoyable moments as a small time businessman
who is always brimming with self importance.
Santhanam too makes his presence felt. Action
is minimal and pretty realistic.
The high point of Modhi Vilayadu is its
production values. No compromises have been
made on the rich look of the film; each
frame reflects the lifestyle of millionaires.
Karun’s camera has captured the grandeur
well. Colonial Cousins, Hariharan and Leslie,
do not disappoint on debut. Two songs, ‘Chi
Chi’ and ‘Padhi Mutham’
are pleasant to hear. Modhi Vilayadu is
a pretty lavishly made tale of businessmen
and the games they play. But it lacks the
verve to engage you throughout.
The game lacks excitement!