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Eli Movie review
Vadivelu is back after a two year gap with his latest flick Eli which is written and directed by Yuvaraj Dhayalan. The comedy film also sets a comeback for the beautiful actress Sadha who plays the female lead. Being a Vadivelu flick and also the comeback of the duo has managed to pique the attention of the audience.
Set in the backdrop of the 1960’s, Vadivelu plays the role of a thief named Eli (Elisamy) who wants to become a Police Inspector. Fortunately he gets a chance to work in the Police department as a detective who has been assigned to do an operation. His task is to trap a smuggling team. The comical looking Vadivelu tries to undercover the situation in a funny way. Whether he is successful in his mission or not forms the rest of the story.
The film which was supposed to be an out-and-out comedy number did not work out with the audience. Vadivelu’s slapstick comedies and expressions impress the audience to an extent. Though Sadha plays the female lead, her onscreen presence is very limited except for the first and last few scenes. But she dazzles in the film’s couple of songs. The antagonist Pradeep Rawat has also played his part well. Naan Kadavul Krishnamurthy appears in one scene and steals the show. All the other actors like Bose Venkat, Pradeep Rawat, Santhanabarathy and Raj Kapoor have performed their parts well.
The film sets the mood of 1960’s, with the colorful costumes, sets, etc for which the art department has to be appreciated for the brilliant work. The essence of the period has been beautifully captured by the cinematographer. The film’s narration and songs are slower than a snail making the audience bored. In addition to that, the comedy elements did not work as well as the director expected. Vadivelu’s comedies have worked only at some places.
The film has nothing new to offer and is strictly for Vadivelu fans.