Gautham Vasudev Menon’s ‘Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu’, with a terrific Silambarasan, is a fine addition to Tamil films about gangsters

Posted on September 15, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

This is Jeyamohan’s finest work as a screenwriter (the screenplay is credited to him and Gautham), and the writing takes us through the protagonist’s journey in small, incremental, incredibly detailed steps. 

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When I reviewed Gautham Vasudev Menon’s last feature film, the imperfect but also very underrated Enai Noki Paayum Thota, I called it a fine romance that slides into a generic action-thriller. It’s the reverse in Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu. Despite a nice bit about consent, the romance track is  among Gautham’s weakest, mainly because Siddhi Idnani, who plays Paavai, is little more than a pretty face. Not a single line reading or facial expression is convincing, and you need conviction when you are making a decision about a man who’s about to tell you whether or not he has killed people. You need conviction to play a girl who’s literally on the ledge, thanks to a dysfunctional family. None of that inner pain comes through. Thankfully, she’s the only inauthentic aspect in a gangster drama that feels authentic to the core. 

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