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Viduthalai Trailer Review : A Case Of Hits And Misses

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Vetrimaran’s Viduthalai Part 1 trailer has been of the top trends on several social media platforms. With his new film, the director is back after over 4 years. His last full-fledged movie, Asuran gained national recognition.

In Viduthalai part 1, the director has gone back to his favourite playing field, police atrocities. The 3-minute-long trailer gives a sneak peek into the lives of the main characters of the movie, majorly the police and the ‘separatists’, who are involved in a cat and mouse chase.

In what might be a hard-hitting movie, the trailer of the movie falls into the trap of giving away a tad bit more than what was required. Besides the positioning of the primary characters, the trailer more or less gives away the intent of the characters and how they would end up.

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A Still From Viduthalai. Credits – Times of India

Unlike Vetrimaaran Visarnai, Vetrimaaran has built this movie on a much larger scale. There are stylised chase and action sequences, which fail to match the tonality of the environment of the movie.

Besides Vetrimaran, the movie also marks the return of legendary composer Illyaraja. The music in the trailer is understated and mostly subtle. The lack of high points in the trailer is not compensated by the music of it, as it seems slightly misplaced for the plot.

The shift of the sub-plot, as shown in the trailer, is the most unconvincing part of it. While it starts on an interesting, edgy note of a “people’s army” planning to execute an attack against the government, the trailer shifts to show the plight of an able police officer belonging to one of the oppressed communities. The compass again shifts to talk about the attackers, but by then the investment has already been scruffled.

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Vetrimaaran. Credits – Republic World

Two things stand out in the trailer, the camera work and the mystery surrounding Vijay Sethupathi. The camerawork is impressive as it captures the given area very skillfully, allowing the image to immerse in the viewer’s mind. Vijay Sethupathi, who appears just for a few seconds, has his presence scattered all around the trailer.

The film is slated to hit the theatres on March 31, 2023.


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