Dhanush’s highly-anticipated biggie, Vaathi created a huge buzz before its release. Directed by Venky Atluri, the bilingual film has hit the screens today. Check out this review and see if the film has lived up to the expectations or not.
Starring: Dhanush, Samyuktha, Samuthirakani, Sai Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Narra Srinivas, Hyder Aadhi, Aadukalam Naren, Ilavarasu, Rajendran
Director: Venky Atluri
Producers: Naga Vamsi and Sai Soujanya
Music Director: GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: J Yuvraj
Editor: Navin Nooli
Dhanush is a Junior Lecturer at Tripathi Educational Institute (TEI). The college management adopts several government colleges in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh and sends Balu to Siripuram Govt. College for teaching the students. Balu, with the help of lecturer Meenakshi (Samyuktha), ensures that the local students come to college and score decent marks in exams. This makes the TEI Chairman Tripathi (Samuthirakani) unhappy and he ruins Bala’s future plans. Why did Tripathi spoil Balu’s plans? What did Balu do next? Did he take any stand or turn a blind eye? The film has all the answers.
Director Venky Atluri, who is quite confident about the film’s success at the box office, has already revealed the main plot through the promos. He writes a fine story that is filled with emotional scenes, which standout well in the film.
Coming to the artists’ performances, Dhanush fits well in the role of Bala, a junior lecturer who believes that education is important for everyone and it should be taught for free. He nails the character with utmost ease and his performance in the emotional scenes is whistle worthy. He solely shoulders the entire film. The emotional scenes between him and the students worked out big time.
Samyuktha as Meenakshi looks beautiful. Though her screen time is less compared to Dhanush’s, she leaves a mark with her decent performance. The man in form, Hyper Aadhi, though he is limited to very few scenes, leaves his mark and evokes decent laughs. Samuthirakani also justifies his role. Sai Kumar and others are okay in their respective roles.
Besides performances, the emotional scenes are neatly established, thanks to the heart-touching background score by GV Prakash Kumar.
As mentioned above, director Venky Atluri had already revealed the story through the promos. The main task for him was to narrate it in an engaging manner. He does the job well in the first half, but fails to maintain the momentum in the latter part. Some of the scenes in the second half failed to make audiences glue their eyes to the screens.
Venky Atluri succeeded well in writing a nice story with a good social message. But, he failed to execute and narrate it engagingly, especially in the second half. The cinematography by J Yuvaraj is fine and the background score by GV Prakash Kumar is impressive and helped the film big time.
Though the film has a decent runtime, there is so much scope to chop off a few unnecessary scenes in the second half. Editing by Navin Nooli could have been better. Production values are good and you can witness the same on the big screen.
On the whole, Dhanush’s Sir is a decent social drama that talks about the education mafia in the present times. Besides impressive emotional scenes, the movie has an underlying message for the society. Dhanush excels in his role and solely lifts the film up. Barring a few unnecessary scenes in the second half, you can give the film a watch this weekend.
Over all Vaathi is ⭐⭐⭐