Bairavaa is one of those films that leave you disappointed because you know how much more entertaining it could have been, had the director and his technicians paid a little more attention to keeping the story and its narration tight.
The film, which has a reasonably good plot to begin with, becomes a cumbersome affair by the time one is 20 minutes into the second half. At a time when attention spans of audiences are dwindling, the fact that the film has a run time of over two and a half hours doesn’t help. To add to it, the story drags on in several points or at least, that is how one feels, every time Vijay ‘s character delivers punch lines.
Vijay plays a collection agent working with a bank in this film, the story of which is about how a medical college student (played by Keerthy Suresh) chooses to take on the corrupt owner of a private medical college (played by Jagapathi Babu). Where and how Vijay gets involved is convincing enough. In fact, the first half of the film is reasonably good. It is the second half that really makes one feel drained.
If there is one big plus for the film, it is Keerthy Suresh. The actress charms you with her grace and her realistic acting, never overdoing her part. Two other actors who do justice to their parts are Jagapathi Babu and Daniel Balaji. The work of most departments associated with this film are just about okay.
At the end of it all, Bairavaa just about makes the cut. However, one can’t help but feel that director Bharathan has missed out on a wonderful opportunity to make good use of a talented star like Vijay and make a sleek, clean commercial entertainer.