by : Behindwoods review board
: Veerasamar, Amala.
F C S Creations
is perhaps the easiest and the most lucrative
way out of hardships, but it is also one
that will lead to one’s doom, even
if one deeply desires to mend ways and
return to an honest life. Veerasekaran
revolves around this concept, which no
doubt, has been tried and tested in various
ways in many films before. Does this one
have enough novelty and clarity in presentation
to stand out from the lot, is the question?
Veerasekaran tells the story of a young
man, who comes to Chennai from his village
to get himself good education. Without
any money or friends, he is soon driven
to the streets and later into a cemetery
which is the only place where he finds
someone to support him. No, it is not
a ghost, only the caretaker/undertaker
of the cemetery. He fights through all
hardships to attend college. And, one
day the answer to all his troubles arrives
(or so it seems) in the form of a local
politician (Prathap Pothen) who believes
in supporting struggling students. The
politician literally adopts
the young man and takes care of all his needs. But,
is there an ulterior motive in all this charity, does
the politician expect favors in return, or is he utilizing
the young men for something sinister? Does the protagonist
of Veerasekaran get entangled in the web or is he
successful in getting the perpetrators into knots?
Watch Veerasekaran to find out.
The first thing about the film that strikes you is
its dreariness, which seems intentional to an extent.
It gets to you very early into the movie and plays
spoilsport with the whole viewing experience. Of course,
there is nothing much you can expect in terms of richness
or visuals when the proceedings are set in a cemetery.
But, the cemetery setting is a bit unconvincing in
the first place. Of all the places in the city, a
cemetery would be the last resort for any person (living
or dead). But, the director has not been able to effectively
portray the circumstances that drive the protagonist
towards the cemetery, the location, instead of seeming
inevitable, looks forced into the script just to add
a rough edge to the film. That sadly, goes against
the final product. And, even though the story moves
along in subsequent portions without too many major
flaws, there is nothing that makes one sit up and
take notice. The main reason for this seems to be
the character development, which is incomplete. The
politician’s character, which is pivotal to
the movie, is denied strength or scope by the script
which undermines everything that he does and consequently
ends up making the protagonist’s character look
that much underdeveloped. The director has tried to
infuse a touch of poignancy into the climax, which
does not work because one has not been able to connect
with the characters throughout the length of the film.
Veerasamar, art director of films like Veyil and Kaadhal,
has to go a long way before he can be called an actor.
Of course, the lack of substance in the script does
not give him many opportunities to shine, but his
inexperience in front of the camera does show. To
his credit, however, he has reminded us of his art
directorial skills through a couple of songs. Hope
he does not give up on that in lieu of acting. Prathap
Pothen is given a character that does not demand the
use of all his experience and skill. And, Amala Paul
appears in a character, which you would normally call
a heroine, but has far too little scope and space
to be accorded that status. Technical aspects don’t
make any mark on the viewer. Action, which can be
expected to be an important element in such a film,
also fails to impress.
Veerasekaran is an effort by a new and young team
which seems to have lost direction somewhere along
the way. The lead actors, director and all crew members
need to make huge strides to be able to impress the
audiences next time round.
Veerasekaran has no fight in him!