Spectacle of romance, rivalry

A still from Venghai

Rustic romance-cum-rivalry sagas seem to be order of the day with Kollywood movie mavericks lately. Joining the bandwagon is Hari’s Venghai, which with its wafer-thin story tries to woo audiences to the theatres. A run-of-the-mill formulaic fare, Venghai, turns out to be a high decibel drama which only Dhanush’s die-hards fans and those who swoon at the sight of Thamannah will whistle and wow having a whale of a time.

Making the most of father-son relationship, Hari, however, weaves a plot that turns into a battle of wits between Veerapandi, the righteous high priest of Pandipuram village and Rajalingam, his protege, who on becoming the MLA, turns against his own mentor. How Veerapandi’s doting and do-gooder son Selvam unwittingly gets drawn into the bitter feud between his dad and his bete noire and takes to sickles and scythes to decimate the opposition forms the core of Venghai.

As Dhanush goes about his derring-do business bashing baddies black and blue, Thamannah provides salve with her petite presence providing relief when the going gets too bellicose to sit and suffer.

As if action sequences were not meat enough to drive one mad, comedy tracks make matters even more insufferable. Long and loony, Venghai, a trite, tiresome tamasha is best left for those seeking timepass and paisa vasool than ensemble entertainer.

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