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After Moonu, Aishwarya Dhanush is back with Vai Raja Vai, and her love for mentally abnormal species continues. The trailers and posters neatly revealed the story and you can double confirm it after watching 10 minutes of the film. That's how predictable it was. A wafer thin storyline, which is made more predictable by the screenplay.
Vai Raja Vai is about a person and his super powers to foresee the future at an astonishing 100% accuracy. Super computers are nothing when compared to his predictive powers. What happens when this power is used for wrong purposes is all about Vai Raja Vai is all about. There is a bit of cricket betting and gambling. Now, anybody can visualize the entire film, right?
I always liked Aishwarya's writing in the 1st half. It will be breezy and fun. But the writing terribly falters in the 2nd half. It will be predictable and lagging. Vai Raja Vai is also fun and racy during the 1st half. But post interval it loses the momentum and makes you think if its the same director who wrote the 1st half. She could have done more research and made the film a bit more interesting with some intelligent writing. But...
Music by Yuvan scores high in Vai Raja Vai. He is in super form and the songs are good and the BGM is cool. Editing look ok and the cuts were sharp. Runtime is around 120 mins and he has done a good job there. Cinematography was excellent with some neat framing, especially in the songs. The lip sync was very bad in some places and bad in some places. Hope they saw the final edit before releasing the film.
Gautam Karthik looks comfortable in this character. He is cool and improved a lot in his acting. Priya Anand is looking good and comes for a few songs and that's all about her role. Vikek is back to his superb comic timing and counter dialogues. Sathish was good too. Daniel Balaji as a baddie was a good choice but the director didn't make use of him to his potential. And Dhanush makes an appearance as Kokki Kumar in the climax is the only good thing in the 2nd half.
So Vai Raja Vai is good in the first half and Aishwarya's legacy of making a poor 2nd half continues. Good music and runtime of 2 hours makes the film watchable. The characterisation of the hero was unbelievable. He is so perfect that he rarely makes a mistake in predicting the future. A mistake here and there could have made the film a bit more believable. A good story with a lacklustre 2nd half makes Vai Raja Vai a decent one time watch. And Kokki Kumar is back!