Vaazhl review – Pleasing visuals and good intent but does not rise to it’s full potential

Title: Vaazhl
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Pradeep Anthony, TJ Bhanu, Diva Dhawan, Aahrav
Director: Arun Prabhu Purushothaman
Streaming on: Sony LIV
Language: Tamil

Story: Prakash (Pradeep Anthony) is an IT employee and is upset with the way his life is going on. One day, he sees Yatramma (TJ Bhanu) and gets attracted to her but soon realises that she is his cousin and also married. What unexpected changes happened in his life after seeing her forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Pradeep Anthony is good as the confused male lead. TJ Bhanu is a stunner. Her performance and her entire characterisation is excellent and she is sure to grab everyone’s attention with this film. All other supporting actors like Diva Dhawan, the young boy Aahrav and everyone else did a fine job.

Technicalities: Shelley Callist’s camerawork is outstanding and transports us to a different world. There is extensive travelling in the film and all the beautiful coasts, mountains and forests are captured in a stunning way. This film has some of the best beautiful locations ever viewed in Tamil cinema. Pradeep Kumar’s background score is very different and the tone keeps changing based on the mood. Production values are grand. Editing is a bit overdone at times with cuts going so fast that it becomes difficult to properly notice certain things.

Analysis: Coming from Arun Prabhu Purushothaman, the director of Aruvi, this is quite a different second film. It tries to convey the importance of living life to the fullest. This message could cater to only a section of the viewers. So, the film will not be able to convince or connect with all. The first half flows like a stream with interesting characters, unpredictable scenarios and racy narration. The second half feels more like a travel video with more focus on the visuals and less focus on the intended message, which should have been conveyed in a more assertive way. Logic goes completely missing in a lot of scenes but the director may have done it intentionally so that the focus is on the soul of the film and not the logics. Arun Prabhu Purushothaman has shown his capability through the vision and direction of this film but could have concentrated a bit more on the screenplay in the second half. He is definitely a director to look out for.

On a whole: Vaazhl offers a unique experience and definitely worth trying but could have worked more on the writing in the second half.

Rating: 2.75/5

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