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17 Jun, 2022
2 hrs 10 mins
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Veetla Vishesham

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A middle-aged couple from a middle-class family learns that they are on the family way. Will their two grown-up sons take to this news kindly and accept it?
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Veetla Vishesham Movie Review : RJ Balaji's Veetla Vishesham is a competently made remake of Badhaai Ho

Critic's Rating: 3.5/5
Veetla Vishesham Movie Review: Remakes are tricky, especially when the original happens to be a National Award-winning film with a subject that can be touchy for many in the audience. But with Veetla Vishesham, RJ Balaji and NJ Saravanan have managed to capture the spirit of Badhaai Ho and come up with an entertaining film that makes us laugh out loud and get emotional in equal measure.

The plot revolves around an ordinary middle-class family: Unnikrishnan (Sathyaraj), a railways employee, his home maker wife Krishnaveni (Urvashi), their two sons — Ilango (RJ Balaji), a 20-something biology teacher, and Anirudh (Visvesh), who is in high school, and his elderly mother Ammulu (KPAC Lalitha). Despite their modest means, Unni and Krishnaveni are a loving couple, and following one intimate night, realise that the latter has gotten pregnant. Krishnaveni decides to have the baby, however, they are more about how the society around them is going to react to this news, especially their two sons. Will Ilango and Anirudh be able to come to terms with this fact and embrace their parents' decision?

Given that Badhaai Ho was backed by strong writing, RJ Balaji and team here stay close to the original, making only minor changes to the material that add a local flavour to this universal story. Some of the changes, like making Ilango's profession work. That a seemingly progressive biology teacher, who is keen to on his students getting sex education, isn't able to cope with the fact that his parents might be having an active sex life, puts across the irony of his situation and the double-standards in the society better. Even the addition of an angle about women having the right to choose between a normal and a cesarean delivery seems well-intentioned, though the makers here choose a somewhat over-the-top humourous tone (over a heartfelt moment) to deliver this 'message'. The film also wins us over with its genuine progressive outlook.

In fact, the entire film has a slightly louder tone compared to the original's. While this doesn't detract its effectiveness or the points it wants to make, it still leaves us with a could-have-been-better feeling in some places. The performances, too, don't rank as high as what we got in Badhaai Ho. While Urvashi pulls her role off with elan, some of the humour with Sathyaraj, like his hobby of doing short videos, have a certain affectedness. The late KPAC Lalitha delivers a strong performance, too. But RJ Balaji, while effective in the humorous scenes — a scene in which he makes his girlfriend Sowmya (Aparna Balamurali) get in secretly into his flat is quite hilarious — falls short in the emotional moments, like in the scene in which he confronts Sowmya's mother and stands up for his parents. He delivers this speech even as he sways a little this way and that, and this body language is distracting and lessens the emotional impact of the scene.

But to Balaji and Saravanan's credit, these shortcomings are rather minor. And the duo manages to smoothen out these wrinkles with help from Girishh Gopalakrishnan's emotive score that elevates the emotions in the dramatic scenes.

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sarala shri344 days ago

I am not robot

usha1746 days ago

Wow wat a wonderful movie... We need to give time for our parents to hold their hands and to speak about their fresh love which still exists in them rather making them to always think about their childrens... It was so emotional and loved it beyond...

hh247 days ago

User virgo250 days ago

RJ Balaji will never disappoint us ��

raja suri3394351 days ago

After a long film with good story and no unbelievable fights.

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