Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Review: This Film will work for fans of Simbu
Director Sundar C’s strength in his films is undoubtedly the comedy and his skill to make a multi-starrer an entertaining one. In his latest film Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven, these quotients remain partially the same, however, the comedy isn’t as good as his other films. Starring Simbu, this commercial entertainer uses an age-old story, that turns into a formulaic entertainer.
The story tells the tale about Raja (Simbu), who decides to unite his aunt and his grandfather after an incident rattles the family. However, the task is not an easy one as his aunt (Ramya Krishnan) is still angry over her father’s decision to oust her from the family.
A remake of director Trivikram’s Telugu film Attarintiki Daaredi, director Sundar C hasn’t made the scene-to-scene remake. He has tried to infuse some new scenes which display grandeur and give Simbu’s hero-worthy moments. Take the scene where he fights off men in a village. It is taken against the backdrop of traditional Kerala-inspired folk dance, and all everything looks colourful, and the hero is made to look undefeated. Furthermore, his punch lines such as – “naan porandthulenda Raja” establish his star presence. What’s also nice about the film, is that it’s refreshing to see Simbu takes a dig at himself. After delivering punch lines he says “evalo naal aachu le indha madiri pesi”. But that’s all that’s seems entertaining in this film.
Since the film travels on an outdated story, the dialogues are dated as well. Despite the lavish sets, Catherine and Megha’s glamours look, the film seems like it’s set in the 70s. When Simbu’s character tries to shame women for their clothing choices, or when he takes decisions for them or even when he’s speaking misogynistic lines – it gives you a headache.
Megha Aksha who looks and acts like she is constantly annoyed throughout the film. She looks so irritated that it seems that she’s doing the crew a favour by being a part of the film. Simbu looks comfortable playing the role of a hero who wins over everyone – but you wish he trims off his beard as the expressions are hardly visible. Yogi Babu’s comic timing, worked as a big relief in an otherwise dramatic film. My attention fell most on Ramya Krishnan, who despite having minimal screen time, wins with her performance.
Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven is a film that will appeal to Simbu’s fan following. Let me warn you about the songs which appear at the drop of a hat, which is jarring and loud.