Upto two months, 'Evan Di Unna Pethan' was not just a song in Vaanam but it was another meaning for the movie with Simbu, to whom belongs the lyrics and voice credit. Vaanam is a remake of the Telugu movie Vedam, that arises to be a mega hit of 2010. Director Krish presents Vaanam, which shows the lives of five individuals, their needs, their feeling to achieve it and their lucks, which brings them together. Will they abandon their needs for others? Is it really a materialistic world we live in?
Cable Raja (Simbhu), a slum dweller in Chennai, who works in his neighborhood cable TV. Bharath, a military little terror from Bangalore, who desires to be a rock star against his parent's wish. Saroja (Anushka), a sex worker in Andhra, who wants her profession to start her own. Hamid (Prakash Raj) from Coimbatore, who is in search of his younger brother, who had run away the group violence. Revathi (Saranya) a weaver in Thoothukudi, who is urgent for debt with poverty to rescue her small son.
Their desperations in life?
Cable Raja, acting is a wealthy, is in a relationship with a rich girl hoping he could get rich the smart way. The one day arrives when the girl wants to introduce Cable Raja to her parents. The venue, a samll new year eve party with an entry fee of Rs.40,000. How can the poor Cable Raja give the party?
Bharath walks out on his mother and leaves to Chennai to attend a rock program, which he believes will give him the break, he has been desiring for. His rock band drives to Chennai but gets tyre problem on the way. When Bharath's friends try to repaire it, he is left alone with his girlfriend on the lonely highway. A gang of rowdies meet the couple, subdue Bharath and kidnap with his girlfriend. How can he saving her?
Saroja had reached the height of tolerance servicing her clients day in and day out. In the sporting house, an ignominious police inspector devastates her repeatedly. Saroja, along with her trans gendered friend, give a slip to the inspector and her madam, and escape to Chennai. Lusty men are always on Saroja's behind. Will she be independent make a living for herself?
Hamid, his pregnant wife and younger brother get stuck in the middle of a radical right wing procession. They get violently attacked and Hamid's wife suffers a miscarriage. An Inspector, who is also a powerful police man, frees the attackers and insults Hamid for his religion. Beat and denied justice, Hamid's brother has reached home soon. Hamid goes in search of his brother, who promised he would fight back. Can Hamid find his brother and bring him home?
Poor weavers Revathi and her father-in-law repay Rs.40,000 to a loan cheat. Their only hope in life is Revathi's son, who is a best in his studies. When the loan goes unpaid. the loan shark takes away Revathi's son and puts him on bonded labour in a salt pan. Without knowing alternate, Revathi decides to sell her kidney through a broker, who brings her to a doctor. The sincere doctor, doubting a commercial kidney transplant turns down Revathi. Can Revathi sell her kidney to manage the money, which would release her child?
Vaanam's first half brings you to this edge of the seat situation. What would happen if these individuals' struggling lives overlap? That is revealed in one of the most fast phased scenes ever seen in Kollywood.
Director Krish hasn't just got a new name in Kollywood, but had earned a velvet seat too. The story, screenplay and appealing editing isfine, with not the slightest of space for flaws. Five stories within one, which are treated with equal importance and flow to all the characters is Anthony Gonsalves' magic. Nirav Shah's camera quickly adapts to dusty villages to crowded slums to posh dance floors with ease. Cinematography in the thrilling climax scene, along with Yuvanshankar Raja's heart thumping music is a huge bonus. Cable Raja is Simbhu's best role till date. He had abandoned his cliched' young guy image, and had lived the character and its emotions. We can say, last decade was Simbhu's honeymoon phase in Kollywood, some demanding roles are headed the actor's way henceforth.
Santhanam as Tan- tana-tan Cheenu has continued the partnership he offered with Arya and Karthee, in Boss Engira Baskaran and Siruthai. Anushka as the hot sex worker is too hot to this summer. Vaanam's first half is reserved for 'Evan Di Unna Pethan', the rest of the songs perfectly matched with the moods on screen. Saranya as the weaver with innocent touching face of our struggling farmers and artisans in rural India. Happy go with lucky Cable Raja, entire his escapades says “Enna Vazhka Da” (What a life!). We can say while watching film, wow, what a movie.