Vanakkam Chennai Movie Review
Cast: Shiva, Priya Anand, Santhanam
Director: Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi
Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi makes her directorial debut in commercial cinema with Vanakkam Chennai. Produced by her husband, Udhayanidhi Stalin under their home banner Red Giant Movies, the film’s music is composed by the young Anirudh Ravichander. Mirchi Shiva plays the role of a soft and decent M Sc gold medallist, Ajay, who has left his hometown in Theni to take up a job in Chennai.
Priya Anand is Anjali, a passionate photographer from London. She is visiting India to participant in a photograpy competition, and to capture the rich and colourful heritage of the country. Narayanan (Santhanam) is a wily house agent in Chennai, who rents out unoccupied houses to gullible individuals from out of town without the knowledge of the house owners. Ajay and Anjali get caught in his scheme.
Narayanan rents out the same house to both of them and escapes with the advance. Ajay is the first to reach the house and wants Anjali's to vacate. Since Anjali, who has come to Chennai leaving behind her Father in London to find material for a photography competition, cannot afford a new house, she decides to stay there as well.
A classic rom-com premise. If you put two genial people together under one roof, no matter what their differences are, they soon start being nice to each other. That's human nature. As they slowly settle down, they get to know each other and become friends. Ajay learns that Anjali is engaged to Deepak (Rahul Ravindran).
Unfortunately, this does not stop him from falling in love with the lovely Anjali. The film has more romance and less comedy and this is quite surprising in a film that has Mirchi Shiva playing the lead. Mirchi Shiva and Priya Anand did their best.
Santhanam and the supporting cast, too, have done their bit for the film. But the highlight of the film is undoubtedly the music. Vanakkam Chennai is a slow paced rom-com film with some fun, but music certainly keeps you entertained.