The story is set in the rural backdrop of 1966. The film portrays the atmosphere of that era and digs out the customs and rituals which were there and disappeared due to waves of time. For example salt sold on donkeys, catching foxes with chicken traps, a fish which is believed to climb palm trees in rains, steamed rice cakes...more
The story is set in the rural backdrop of 1966. The film portrays the atmosphere of that era and digs out the customs and rituals which were there and disappeared due to waves of time. For example salt sold on donkeys, catching foxes with chicken traps, a fish which is believed to climb palm trees in rains, steamed rice cakes made in clay vessels. While the heroine sells tea for 2 paisa, the hero is educated and is very adamant on becoming a government school teacher. less
Vaagai Sooda Vaa is a sincere effort at making a well intentioned film that makes you laugh, touches your heart and lingers in your memory for a long time. A laudable piece of work by Sargunam that deserves to be watched by one and all.
Set in 1966, it is about a small town young man trying to bring about change in a small backward village by imparting education. Veluthambi (Vimal), who lives in Pudhukkottai, aspires to become a teacher in a government school and is waiting for his appointment. His father (K. Bhagyaraj) wants him to work as a teacher in a remote village till he gets his government job. A reluctant Veluthambi goes to the village where brick-making is the prime livelihood of the villagers. They are exploited by the owner of the brick kiln (Ponvannan) and are made to lead a closeted existence. After numerous failed attempts, Veluthambi finally succeeds in his mission of educating the kids. His success seems short lived by the interference of the high handed brick kiln owner on one side and his appointment as a government teacher on the other. Now Veluthambi needs to choose between staying on or leaving the village.
The film is leisurely paced but mostly engaging because of the well etched characters and interesting sequences between the hero and the villagers. The village kids and the heroine pulling pranks on the innocent Veluthambi are humorous. The film gets poignant towards the end. Though you know the way the film is going to end, you still enjoy when it happens. The film does have its minuses. You take a while to warm up to the documentary feel of the movie. The story meanders with the funny sequences even post interval when it should be addressing the crux of the problem which is exploitation and the liberation from it. One gets a little impatient at this point in time. And the 'kids attending school' happens a little too fast when it should have been more gradual. But the film redeems itself towards the climax and makes for an emotional and heartening experience.
Vimal fits well in the role of Veluthambi and lends credibility to his role. But, unless he consciously breaks away from his current style of acting, he is sure to get typecast. Iniya makes a confident debut as Madhi, the village girl who falls for the hero. But she seems a little refined and contemporary amidst the other dust laden village faces. But the film belongs to the supporting cast (all freshers) who play the villagers. The kids literally own the film. While K. Bhagyaraj impresses, other known faces like Ponvannan and Kai Thennavan get drowned in the dominant presence of the villagers.
Cinematography (Om Prakash) is a big asset to the film and creates the right mood. It is sepia toned throughout which is a cliche but nevertheless works well for the film. Art direction is another big plus. Gibrans music complements the film well.