Director Kumaravelan, who impressed us with Haridas, seems to have completely lost the plot in this one.
Not everybody can set high standards when it comes to making films. And even among the few who can, not everybody can consistently keep making films that rise up and meet the very high standards that they themselves initially set.
This seems to be the case with director GNR Kumaravelan as well. The director, who impressed with his earlier film Haridas, seems to have completely lost the plot in his next that has been titled Wagah.
Featuring Vikram Prabhu and Ranya in the lead, the film tells the story of a BSF soldier stationed in Kashmir who falls in love with a Pakistani girl and eventually gets into trouble as a result of trying to help her.
The hero of the film, Vasu, fails to win one’s heart, probably because this is a country which has always looked up to those in the armed forces and has always considered its armed forces personnel as those who put the interests of the country ahead of theirs. Vasu is nothing like the soldiers we know, hear or see. Kumaravelan’s hero is someone who is shown enrolling himself in the armed forces for the ‘relatively easy job that he is to get for the most part’ and the free liquour, that the government offers to its armed forces personnel.
The director loses the attention of the viewer at this point itself and that doesn’t help him or his team.
As the film progresses, one gets the impression that the director is unsure as to what his film must be about and that doesn’t help either. A portion of the film deals with Vasu’s love for Kanoam (Ranya), which isn’t exactly appealing, and another portion deals with Vasu’s fight with the enemy, which, by the way, isn’t inspiring as well. Add to this the fact that both parts don’t actually blend well and you know where the film stands.
The movie does have its strengths though and the biggest of them all are the visuals of Cinematographer S R Sathish Kumar. Some of the visuals in the film can be described as nothing less than scintillating. That apart, the film also has reasonably good music by Imman .