Many a time, negative criticism will give a big boost to a movie’s publicity. This movie also enjoys such a publicity for the controversial (initial) name itself. This movie was supposed to created communal violence – as Krishnasamy said and opposed the name ‘Sandiar’. After strong opposition from him and good ‘aasi’ from our ‘amma’ this movie is named as Virumandi.
The initial Jallikattu scenes are picturized in a wonderful way. Kamal should be certainly praised for it. The story line is pretty neat, but the screenplay should have been shaped in a better way. At times, the story is not moving and I felt boring. In Anbe Sivam the message delivered was very clear. But this movie tries to defend against law for sentences against death. In the climax Kamal speaks a dialog ‘jail is meant to be a place where criminals can realize their mistake and change themselves. But in practical it is not so’ – and tries to back-up the message. mmmhum. Its not so strong. Virumandi is shown as an innocent man, who is sentenced to death, for the crimes he has not committed. But I wonder whether law permits sentence of death to a person, who is accused of creating communal violence and, kidnapping and raping a woman. May be some more background work should have been done.
Everybody fits into their characters well. Especially, the villian. Pasupathy has lived as that character. Another one to be mentioned is Nepolian. The heroine is , hey its Abirami ! Without any makeup and talking in the typical Tirunelveli tamil, she has don a good job as Annalaxmi. Rohini has a re-entry in this film. Rajesh appears in a scene. It seems that after the story line is discussed and the screenplay is created, Kamal realized that Naasar is not in the movie. ‘What is a movie without him?’ Kamal should have thought and added a character for him. Music is our Mottai. ‘Kombula poova soothi’ is a typical Raja song. I read that most of the shooting took place in sets in Chennai, due to Krishnasamy’s troubles. But I could not any difference between the sets and the real village. Good art direction.
Kamal should learn how to show violence in movies from Sankar. In the movie Indian, the Indian thatha kills many people; there is a mass suicide, but still the entire movie can be viewed with children. Even in Hollywood, they try to make a movie as an entertainer for all ages – take ‘The Mummy’ for instance. But this movie has an over-dose of unnecessary violence. Esp, in the climax, the villian-vatham is reaaaaly cruel. Next to Anbe Sivam, this movie would have become another classic one, but for the over-dose violence and for not-so-strong-message, this stands to be a very normal movie.