Vada Chennai : Two words – Raw and Grit!

Natural cinema comes at its best when a film finds deep in its roots. For years good directors have been trying to take a deep rooted cinema at the heart of north Madras, several movies over the past have tried to showcase the true life style of Vada Chennai. The first part of trilogy is based in North Madras is sort of a Cult dark flim that showcases the life of Anbu and his raise to power even though its reluctance that hits him first.
Vada Chennai starts almost from where Pudhupettai was left behind, it is definitely inspired from Pudhupettai there is no doubt about that but after a point of time it takes his own Legacy forward and creates a thrilling plot that sets deep into the soul of North Madras. This is the story of betrayal, loyalty, trust and opportunism , and in the middle of all this things is the character Anbu who seems nowhere at first then becomes everywhere. Vada Chennai is not the usual North Madras Gangster flick that you would see, in the name of development what multinational companies do to small livelihood families especially that of north Chennai is the subject dealt here. Taking a loose thread out of the story line vetrimaaran writes a story that goes back and forth between 4 gangsters who go all out on killing each other in the need for power and money.
Dhanush plays the character of Anbu the normal neighborhood lad who longs become a National carom board player. As he falls in love with Padma a character played by Aishwarya Rajesh he somehow gets into the web of rivalry and falls as a scapegoat to betrayal and daily Thug life. Samuthrakani, Pawan Daniel Balaji, and Kishore are. long time force who battle it out for the power they all were loyalist to Ameer who rose to power in the fisherman’s community by speaking for the people. However a cold blooded murder paves way for a long battle of power that leaves blood on everyone’s hands. While The Gangsters fight continue to hold the stories key plot, Dhanush as Anbu in his usual innocent neighborhood boy Avatar steals limelight away.
Vetrimaran has proven yet again that he is that no nonsense director who would not shy away from showing something that are not to be. The film has its part of swear words, abuse and violence, but the bloodshed is not shown as gory, blood dripping revenge and rather shown in the most aesthitic way, that is chilling than the violent scene itself. Velraj’s camera work deserves a standing ovation through the dark streets of Kasimedu.
Overall, Vada chennai will blow you away with its sheer brilliance