Vaanam Kottatum Movie Review
An acceptable family drama upheld by strong performances.
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
At a time when the family drama genre was getting limited to the rural side of the state alone comes Vaanam Kottatum, a breezy feel-good outing that brings together close to ten characters with multiple viewpoints and conflicts colliding. The film sits right in the route of Mani Ratnam’s style, with his disciple Dhana Sekaran finding the groove to put across a predictable yet performance-heavy film.
Vaanam Kottatum’s premise is based on a family which has to adjust their surroundings when a father who was away for 16 years, returns to the base. There is room for lots of tension and in-house quarrelling, but the writers decide to do away with the idea of limiting their space and move out to bring in further subplots in the form of additional characters. This in turn hampers the storyline, only to make it less fruitful than what it could have been initially. The first half is set up nicely with some emotional sequences that will tug your heartstrings, but the second half barely stands up but for a handful of scenes that manage to put a smile on your face.
The film’s main strength lies in its performances, led by the ever-majestic Sarathkumar and Vikram Prabhu who is great in his role. The presence of Radikaa Sarathkumar’s strong voice in between also turns out to be a positive, and Aishwarya Rajesh as the sister is no less either.
Together, the four form a beautiful family with things coming together nicely. However, the supporting cast do not contribute much but for the surprise package in Balaji Sakthivel and Shanthnu, who has a likable role packed with a positive vibe throughout. It is Nandha’s role that deserved a lot of rework, which in turn would have definitely taken the film a couple of steps higher.
Preetha Jayaraman’s cinematography and Sid Sriram’s music are both terrific additions to the film. Though Sid could have put it a little more effort on the background score, his work is very promising with the songs which add a lot of life to the end product.
On the whole, Vaanam Kottatum turns out to be predictable and low on tension, but is still a fine watch for those who would like to invest some time in watching a Mani Ratnam-like offering. Vaanam Kottatum Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas