Review: Valimai

‘Valimai’ hit the cinemas today. Produced by Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor, the film is dubbed from Tamil.

Story:
Arjun (Ajith) is an upright cop who is sympathetic towards accused culprits as well as convicted ones. Vizag is being taken for a ride by a gang of bike-bound young mercenaries who are into snatching chains and killing off innocent people. The Commissioner of Police wants a supremely-talented cop for the job of defeating them.

In comes Arjun, who is a family man when he is not using his intelligence to trace the culprits. Just when he believes everything is going great, Arjun faces a terrific setback in his mission to arrest the villain (Kartikeya). The rest of the film is about how Arjun pulls off a series of feats and tames the villain and his gang. 

Performances:

This is one of the most physical roles that Tamil superstar Ajith has essayed in his career. His performance is elevated in well-written scenes. But his dubbing has been taking the sting out of his performances. Huma S Qureshi of ‘Kaala’ fame delivers an above-average performance.

All eyes were on how Karthikeya Gummakonda would pull off the negative role. He is much better than in Nani’s ‘Gang Leader’, although the lip-sync is off. The film also features Bani, Sumithra, Achyunth Kumar, Raj Ayyappa, and Pugazh.

Technical Departments:

Nirav Shah’s cinematography is dazzling in the chase sequences and action blocks. There was a time when Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music used to cross the linguistic barriers. Here, he sticks to Tamil nativity. Ghibran’s BGM is strictly okayish.

Art Direction by K Kadhir doesn’t break new ground. Vijay Velukutty’s editing is efficient.

Analysis:
‘Valimai’ has a fairly interesting premise if you are a fan of chases. This film is more about the chases than dishum-dishum fights. That’s why you don’t see conventional bare-handed combats in the film. Ajith and the villains, led by Kartikeya, are bike-bound and are diving off roads to ensure that the audience have an adrenaline rush. In this regard, the stunts by Dhilip Subbarayan deserve a special mention. Without the massive chase scenes, a couple of which run into about 10 minutes each, ‘Valimai’ would have been just another formulaic film where family emotions are force-fitted.

Talking of family emotions, the H Vinoth directorial has been made to appeal to the conventional tastes of the family audience. It will be interesting to see whether the family audience will love the mother-son, brother-brother scenes in ‘Valimai’. If they like them, this film will create a BO wave in Tamil.

The first half is laced with pretty much interesting portions. The interval block is hair-raising. But the second half is where the drama ceases to hold a consistent impact. The climax could have been more effective. 

Bottomline:
‘Valimai’ is a watchable film if you count on action scenes. Otherwise, you can as well call it a barely passable one.

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