Movie Review

Varisu (2023), an all-out Vijay film

Varisu (2023), is an all-out Tamil Nadu father-and-son sentiment film that has been made on a Bollywood film set background. Single-handedly Vijay entertains the audience for the three hours of running time. Director Vamshi Paidipally utilises the best of Vijay, which in my view is not his dance or action, but his comedy body language. In many cliche moments, which were countless, Vijay‘s happy-go-lucky style saves the audience. Mangoidiots’ rating for the film is Raw.

I enjoyed Yogi Babu‘s comedy tracks, which were relevant and brief. As the family patriarchy, R Sarathkumar has played the role well. Joining him was veteran Jayasudha, in his wife’s character, as the mother to Vijay she succeeds in providing the emotional tapestry needed for a film like this. Rashmika Mandanna has been given the limited role of being eye candy. As the central villain, Prakash Raj‘s character was underwhelming, I expected more.

I am surprised that even in 2023, Kollywood still showcases blue-collar workers, especially port labourers as mindless pawns in the hands of the rich who will hit or kill anyone. Director has made little effort to present anything new, like in the sequence where the hero saves his niece from the jaws of a human trafficking racquet. The scene where the hero narrates a series of stories in the board room was juvenile and silly.

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