Movie : Vazhakku Enn 18/9
Director : Balaji Sakthivel
Producer : N. Subash, Chandrabose
Music : Prasanna
Cast : Sri, Urmila, Midhun, Manisha, Muthu Raman
En 18/9 directed by Balaji Sakthivel and produced by Lingusamy for Thirupathi Brothers which took more than two and half years to complete the full process. The gestation period of Vazhakku Enn 18/9 may have been quite long but
the product delivered is of excellent quality.
Vazhakku In a way, though, this is a movie that encompasses more than one story, and there seems to be a disconnect, at times. The director does make sure to connect the dots, however.
The tale of Velu (Sri), a youngster who works under a tiffin vendor, and a young maid, Jothi (Urmila Mahantha) frequently run into each other with various outcomes: some hilarious; others not so funny.
The entire movie revolves around characters that pop in and out of their lives, the way director sculptured the scenes is tremendously good. A scene where a prostitute helping Velu to find a job under a tiffen vendor and later in a sister
concern velu adviced her not to go into such jobs, received massive appreciation for the reality scene.
Dinesh (Midhun) is a spoilt brat, son a rich and affluent lady who is after Arthi (Manisha), who lives in the same apartment complex. He slowly work his way through, gets close to her and build up her confidence in him. He takes her to a beach resort and captures a video on his phone. But Aarthi finds his true colour and intentions and erases the video which irks Dinesh. He wants to take revenge on her but Jyothi becomes the scapegoat and Velu is framed!
The hero of the story, however, is Balaji Shakthivel, in every way. Like his previous films, he roots his films in reality and sets his screenplay with such precision and unswerving logic that the proceedings do grip you. As you cannot
expect what would be the climax in every Balaji Shakthivel Movie this film also has the climax where no one can predict it in between the film.
All characters have done their best to make this movie a terrific one which showed the next door story. Especially the police officer character was widely appreciated because of his performance showed the reality of that character he was portrayed into.
If there is a minus, it could be that the leads lack spark; so much of the story revolves around too many characters that their tale is sidelined at times.
Vazhakku enn 18/9 has qualities that you don’t find in movies too often these days.
Music and background score by Prasanna is truly arresting and also in sync with the narrative. The screenplay and editing are tight and the performances are mind blowing. Chennai and its suburbs are captured in a realistic manner, thanks to amazing cinematography by Vijay Milton who shot this film in Canon Eos 5d.
Hats off to Balaji Sakthivel, producers Lingusamy and Subash Chandrabose for choosing a bold and relevant subject and taking the road less travelled. And that makes all the difference. In an era Vazhakku Enn 18/9 is refreshing, captivating
and engrossing. A winner in all respects, a must see film.
Verdict : A win for a quality Product.