Vallinam Review

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Review by : Suresh
Nakul, Mrudhula Basker, Atul Kulkarni
Arivazhagan Venkatachalam
S. Thaman
Aascar Ravichandran

No running around trees and romancing. No item numbers or no skimpily clad woman desperate to woo the hero. Vallinam, directed by Eeram fame Arivazhagan, charts a new territory. The movie is about basketball.

It addresses about cricket and other sports in the country. Frankly most of us haven't given more importance to other sports for no particular reason. 

Vallinam in a nutshell is the story of an underdog gaining glory.  The film has all the right elements mixed -- satirical comedy, seriousness and dollops of emotions. In fact, the first half is quite captivating and the expectations from the latter half are equally high.

The story is about Krishna (Nakul), a basketball player, who is a close friend of Siva (Kreshna). The latter, who too is a basketball player, dies on court during a match.  This forces Krishna to leave his hometown Trichy and seek admission in a college in Chennai. There, he earns friends, love and of course, enemies too- all because of basketball.

Since the college management gives importance to cricket alone, Krishna raises his voice against it. He also vows to bring basketball to limelight. However, a gang led by cricket captain (Siddharth Jonnalagada) plans to thwart his attempts.

Nakul is the pivot in the film. He gets under the skin of the character to give his best. The likes of Jayaprakash, Jegan and Siddharth Jonnalagada chip in well. Mrudhula Basker plays the female lead with panache. Thaman's background score especially during the basketball clash are captivating.

However the director could have avoided the bloody battle between the members of cricket and basketball team, which takes the path of routine cinema.

Produced by Aascar V Ravichandran, Vallinam is a different grain. It has got a predictable premise and you know exactly which way the story’s going to go, but sometimes, when the characters win over your heart and you’re rooting for them to win, that’s all that really matters.

Basket full of joy

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