Varalaru - Triple whammy
has been off the radars for some time now. And perhaps to
compensate it all, he hogs all the limelight in triple
variations in Varalaru. Varalaru is all Ajit. He manfully tries
to lift the movie on his shoulders. To a certain extent, his
screen presence and charisma see it through. Alas, only just.
Varalaru is good because Ajit is good.
K S Ravikumar shows only a modicum of his undoubted masala
skills. Ravikumarís famed ability to whip up hilarity and humor
also goes missing. A R Rehmanís music, not his best effort, is
niche and good to those who understand the subtlety of
orchestration and melody. To be fair to the director, the film
has paid a price for having been made in jumps and starts. The
jerks and stutters are real reflection of the production
The story takes off with Shivashankar (Ajit), a millionaire with
a debonair son Vishnu (Ajit). The former is confined to a
wheel-chair, the latter is larky youngster enjoying the
pleasures the world has to offer. While on a visit to a village,
he falls for the charm of Divya (Asin).
But when he is about to get married to Divya, he acts crankily
and shows lunatic tendencies (he even tries to bump off his
Why? Well, it is all the handiwork of Jeeva (Ajit). He is also
the son of Shivashankar.
Pray why is he after his dadís blood? Well, that is the surprise
(?) as it about an incident involving his mother (Kanika) and
It is Ajitís show all the way. He brings all the necessary
tricks involved to make the trio look different. As Vishu, he is
stylized and elegant. As Jeeva, he is cunning and committed. But
it is as Shivashankar, he brings to fore all the special magic.
As a man, with a passion for dance (which changes his body
language), he is truly marvelous. Asin too is as ever very
chirpy and vivacious. She also revels in comic situations.
Kanika as Ajithís wife and later as a nervous wreck is good.
The comedy team of Ramesh Kanna and others donít get their act
right. Rehmanís music, as we said, is good. But takes time to
Ravikumar has obviously worked under severe constraints. He has
given his best but the production problems are too much and have
an adverse say on the script. But Ajit has managed to stand
above the problems. Varalaru may not make history. Yet, Ajitís
work will certainly uplift to it being at least a local legend.
Review by IndiaGlitz