‘Valimai’ hit the cinemas today. Produced by Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor, the film is dubbed from Tamil.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
‘Valimai’ is a watchable film if you count on action scenes. Otherwise, you can as well call it a barely passable one.