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Shiva and Priya Anand starred Vanakkam Chennai is written and directed by debutant Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi under home banner Red Giant Movies.
After hat-trick Tamil releases Thillu Mullu, Sonna Puriyadhu and Ya Ya, Shiva’s Vanakkam Chennai is his third outing in 2013 with Priya Anand as his love interest. Nonetheless Vanakkam Chennai is also fourth release for Priya after Rangrezz, Ethir Neechal and Fukrey. Will Shiva and Priya Anand record one more 2013 hit? Checkout Vanakkam Chennai Review.
Short filmmaker Kiruthiga will prove her mettle as a full-fledged director to be here in Kollywood? Hit composer Anirudh Ravichander, cinematographer Richard M Nathan and award winning editor TS Suresh is on board for Vanakkam Chennai, will they support in film’s success? Shortly answered with
Movie: Vanakkam Chennai
Starring: Shiva, Priya Anand, Santhanam
Director: Kiruthiga Udhaynidhi
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Production: Red Giant
Vanakkam Chennai’ as the name suggests the film is all about two young couples who come to Chennai and fall in love. Ajay(Shiva) is born and brought up in Theni comes to Chennai for his IT job and stays in a flat arranged by Nayarayanan(Santhanam) .
Anjali is born and brought up in London and she comes to Chennai for her photography work so that she can participate in the photography contest. Ironically Santhanam cheats both Ajay and Anjali by lending them same flat , the rest of the story tells us whether this two ideologically different Ajay and Anjali fall in love or not.
Among the cast Priya Anand steals the show, the girl is in full form and with her bubbly act she played the energetic Anjali with sheer perfection. Priya Anand is the livewire of the film as many a time the director depends on her for the emotionally drives scenes. Though there is a trace of improvement in Shiva’s expression in songs, still if the actor worked on his expression the film would have hit the right chord.
Santhanam comes only at the second half and Kiruthiga Udhay must be appreciated for not using Santhanam too much in the film and used him only when the situation demanded his presence which many experienced director didn’t follow in the recent past , it also shows the kind of confidence she have on her script. The other supporting casts including Nassar,Urvasi,Manobala ,Black Pandi,Nizhalgal Ravi and Renuka did equally well.
Though Tamil cinema has seen many romantic-comedies, Kiruthiga Udha makes the film interesting with some good characterization. Kiruthinga Udhay was supported well by Anirudh’s classy music which is the film’s major strength and it helps the movie to have a smooth flow, his BGM also conveys the right kind of emotion.
Richard M Nathan’s crystal clear cinematography is another big asset for the film. Richard’s lens beautifully captures both Theni and Chennai locations; the opening title card is also an eye catchy one.
Though the film engage us for most of the time in the first half, the clichés like the foreign bride groom in the later part of the second half and also the dragging climax tests our patience. If Kiruthiga worked little bit on the later part of the second half and a few changes in the casting the film would have been a perfect romantic comedy.
Overall, Vanakkam Chennai is a decent one time watchable for engaging first half, brilliant songs and visually rich cinematography.