Varnam - Movie Review
Banner:Alka Films Corporation
Cast:Giri, Ashwatha, Monica, Samath, Gowtham
Direction:S M Raju
Production:Ajayendran, Rajendran
Music:Isaac Thomas

Amidst mass hero themes and mindless masalas, filmmaker S.M. Raju has come up with a off-beat melodrama in Varnam that speaks about the mind of an adolescent boy.

With Sampathraj and Monicka and a host of fresh faces, the director has tried his hands on a different theme, but ends up with less conviction.

The movie is set in the view of a school student Mani (Giri). Young Mani's (Giri) father is killed by Velu alias Anwar (Aadhish), in a group clash in a village. Mani's brattish behaviour incurs him the wrath of neighbours. His mother struggles hard to grow him up. She sends him to his uncle’s house.

His uncle Durai (Sampath Raj) is a rich landlord who owns coffee estate. In his uncle's custody Mani enjoys life. But Durai is a womaniser.

From a spoilt brat he is reformed to become a good student by Kavitha (Monica), a teacher in the local school. Mani loves his classmate Thangam (Aswatha).

Meanwhile Durai uses all his antics and ensures he spoil the life of Thangam for his lust. Mani gets a rude shock. Meanwhile plans are on to get Kavitha married to Durai.

Giri comes to know that Kavitha is in love with the murderer of his father. What the boy does in such a situation forms the climax.

Sampath Raj does what is expected of him. His body language and dialogue delivery are apt. Monica has a meaty role to play and does it well. Young Giri is a welcome addition. He gets his act well. Every other character suits the story well.

Music is by Issac Thomas and he come up with melodious tunes, while a village thiruvizha song is nice to listen to. Raju has captured the songs well.

Despite having a different theme the movie fails to impress as it tends to be slow. The movie tests the patience at many places and hence leaves little impact on the viewer.


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