Namma Veettu Pillai Review & Rating
Namma Veettu Pillai Review: Typical Family Entertainer
Director Pandiraj who is known for rural dramas with loads of entertainment and a right mix of emotions and action. He has taken his formula to its climax (read: peak) in the last year film Kadaikutty Singam barring Karthi. Now with a hero like Sivakarthikeyan who has more mass following, he has a chance to make another twist to that formula. Add to that talented actress like Aishwarya Rajesh joining the team in a plot moving role, we have a notable family entertainer on cards.
But all this has to be stitched together with a thread called story. We cannot use the same thread to stitch a new garland. Similarly, if not the story, at least the treatment should be better. Entertainment works double better with a fresh thought than old wine in new bottle. With this in mind, let's check if this film fulfills the promises or not with Namma Veettu Pillai review.
Oh so 90s story
Arumpon dotes on his younger sister Thulasi. They belong to a large family with various generations living under one roof not exactly together. If they are together, there won't be any drama in the film. No? Right! Now this family is under the guidance (read: controlled by) of the family patriarch Arulmozhi Varman played by legendary director Bharati Raja. Like in several films of this genre, everyone in the family respects Barman but there have been gaps between the family members.
For her part, Sujatha has a mystery surrounding her belonging in the family which will be revealed in a highly predictable twist in the second half. Every now and then we get to bear with a few speeches like any self-respecting drama heavy rural thri... er family entertainers on family values. In this film as the hero is Sivakarthikeyan, we have to watch him deliver monologues a couple of times.
Now, coming to the story of the film, it is a typical sister senti film where the brother has to marry her off to a bad person and has to fight off several insults and hand-twistings to keep his sister happy. How our hero does this and help keep the decadinh family together form the rest of the story.
Writing and direction
Thankfully, the film's new story of the 90s style is taken seriously by the director and is dealt with in a serious manner. As both Sivakarthikeyan and Aishwarya Rajesh are competent actors their scenes are interesting and helped keep the audience invest in their roles. The emotions though are routine, worked well. The comedy by mandatory Soori turned out good too. Where this film failed is in its treatment of the subject.
Though the story is set in rural areas and the context is contemporary, the narration is right out of the 1990s. It has taken some valuable screen time to establish the major players. And by the time the main conflicting element comes out, the audience get a feel of deja vu. The heroine role played by Sayyesha Saigal is just for ornamentation purpose.
The screenplay followed a set template. But as Sivakarthikeyan and Pandiraj worked together a couple if times already, the filmmaker weaved the film on the stardom of the lead actor which helped it a bit better. The first half is more on entertainment and the second half is dripping with sentiment. The climax is a mixed bag.
Sivakarthikeyan has done a terrific job as a responsible brother and a young member of the family. He tried to underplay in the emotional scenes and it helped the narration tick. Sayyesha is there because we need a heroine for the hero. Right? Aishwarya Rajesh in her plot moving role is excellent and proved once again why she is such a highly rated actresses in contemporary Tamil Cinema. Rest of the actors including Bharati Raja played typical template characters and did justice. Soori stands out with his comedy.
The music of the film lacked energy and the background score is pretty average. The cinematography is nothing out of the ordinary. The editing is neat but a few minutes could be trimmed to speed up the proceedings. The production design is first rate. The production values are top-notch.
Namma Veettu Pillai is as expected a family drama we have seen many times but works partially because of Sivakarthikeyan's stardom and some nice performances by Aishwarya Rajesh and Soori. You can watch it one time if you like films if this genre. Else, wait till it hits the streaming services.
- Neat blend of entertainment and emotions
- Sivakarthikeyan and Aishwarya Rajesh are legit good in their roles
- We have seen several films like this
- Heroine has no substantial role
- The second half drags a bit
Pycker Rating: 2.75 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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Namma Veettu Pillai comes on the heels of back to back failures for Sivakarthikeyan. Ever since he turned a lead man, he has become a synonym for safe and minimum guarantee hero for mid range to above mid range films. Now, with director Pandiraj, he's coming up with a family entertainer. Pandiraj officially delivered the most watched film of the year in 2018, Kadaikutty Singam. The combination seems to have worked well as the initial reactions are leaning on the positive side.
The film which also stars Aishwarya Rajesh in a crucial role and Sayyesha Saigal as the lead lady is said to be a perfect family entertainer. Sivakarthikeyan delivered standout performance as Annan and Aishwarya has a substantial role as his younger sister. The emotions and drama picks up speed in the latter half like in Pandiraj's previous film. The first half concentrated more on entertainment.
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