Anbu (Dhanush) is a carrom player in north Chennai and aspires to become a big name in the game. He is helped in his endeavours by Rajan (Ameer), an influential politician in the area.
In the meantime, Anbu falls for Padma (Aishwarya Rajesh), a chirpy girl, who doesn’t mind delivering cuss words. One day, the government proposes a mega project for the locality, which would snatch away the livelihood of the locals.
This is opposed by Rajan and he gets killed. Now there is a fight between four gangsters- Guna (Samuthirakani), Senthil (Kishore), Velu (Pavan) and Pazhani (Dheena), as to who would come to the top position.
Anbu, who is reluctant to indulge in violence, is forced to take it up in his own hands due to circumstances. In the meantime, there is Chandra (Andra Jeremiah), Rajan’s wife, who wants to avenge her husband’s death.
Vada Chennai is a story that beautifully and powerfully takes you on a time travel to the northern parts of Madras- from the 1980s to the early 2000s.
Director Vetrimaaran, with his powerful writing and execution, has made Vada Chennai a cult classic. And he is ably aided by the cast and the crew, especially Dhanush and cinematographer Velraj.
Dhanush has portrayed different emotions in an effortless way, while it is a scream to watch Aishwarya Rajesh as a ‘thara local’ girl. Ameer has got a lifetime role and has done full justice.
Almost everyone- Andrea, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Pavan and Dheena- has been given meaty roles and they have delivered power-packed performance.
Vetrimaaran has made use of the political happenings from the 80s to 2000s to narrate the story in an interesting manner. On the other hand, there is too much of violence and cuss words in the movie that may make family audience feel uncomfortable.
Vada Chennai is just the beginning of the trilogy planned by Vetrimaaran-Dhanush duo. The first part itself is riveting and stunning, making us root for the second and third portions.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Vada Chennai: North is worth
Music Director: Santhosh Narayanan
Cast: Dhanush, Ameer, Aishwarya Rajesh, Andrea Jeremiah