Vada Chennai (2018) – Movie Review

Vada Chennai is the Tamil language action crime film written and directed by Vetrimaaran. The film is produced as the first film in a trilogy. And it features Dhanush in the lead role. It is the first film when Vetrimaaran and Dhanush have collaborated before this year’s Asuran (2019).

The film revolves around Anbu (Dhanush), a skilled carrom player, who gets entangled in a war between two warring gangsters. The film narrates the story in the back and forth format, where it shows some parts from the past and some in the current time. And that’s where the film becomes interesting, in which these characters and the story are thrown on us, and we have to solve the puzzle. I found the resemblance of non-linear narration of the story with Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000) and Dunkirk (2017). In the first hour, it becomes tedious to keep track of the events and characters, and who is whose enemy, but as the story unfolds layer by layer, we get to know all the links.

I’m not much aware of the little nuances in the socio-political and cultural aspects of Chennai, Tamilnadu; But in my opinion, the director has done a great job it telling the story in a very realistic manner. He has captured the people, their lifestyle, and their surroundings in an as authentic way as possible. On the other hand, I think this is Dhanush’s best film so far, where he has stretched his acting muscles and raised the bar for himself really high. Along with Dhanush, everybody else was also as believable and compelling as he is in the film. The film has all the ingredients that make it compelling, thrilling, and engaging gangster drama. And when it ends, it leaves you craving for more.

Verdict : The film is grounded, hard-hitting, and entertaining at the same time. A must watch for crime-drama movie lovers.

Rating : 4.2/5

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