A fortnight into the New Year & finally we have a major release in the form of "Bairavaa" which happens to be the 60th movie of Ilayathalapathi Vijay. It might sound kinda weird but this release had a whole lot more significance in Kerala as our film industry was in a lock down crisis with the strike called by the Exhibitors Federation which had lasted for close to a month. The distributors issued a legal notice against the theatre owners for suspending the release which forced many of them to change their stand. Thankfully, it has paved the path for release of Malayalam movies as well. Now it remains to be seen if Vijay has created on screen as well even though the trailer didnt seem to inspire any hope.
Bairavaa (Vijay) is a collection agent working for a bank in Chennai who always got the work done no matter how hard the task would be, On the occasion of the wedding of his manager's daughter, he falls for her friend Malarvizhi (Keerthy Suresh),a medical student. But when he goes to propose his love for her, he comes to know that she was on the run from PK (Jagapathi Babu), a rowdy turned politician who was taken to court for the murder of her friend. PK was the Chairman of her college who had amassed wealth through real state & sub-standard educational institutions. With both power & money at his disposal, PK had ensured that whoever raised their voice against him would be silenced forever. Upon hearing about Malarvizhi's predicament, Bairavaa decides to resolve the issue in his own inimitable style.
"Bairavaa" was in the news ever since it was announced that Bharathan would helm Vijay's 60th movie. The duo have collaborated in quite a few projects in the past with Vijay starring in Bharathan's directorial debut "Azhagiya Tamil Magan". Even more than his directorial capabilities, Bharathan is known for his mass masala scripts with movies like "Dhool", "Gilli", "Osthe" etc to his credit. In his latest venture, he has taken up a relevant topic but the treatment is stale & offers nothing that we havent seen from Vijay's staple masala movies. None of the technical aspects stands out with Santhosh Narayanan's music being a major disappointment.
Vijay is the heart & soul of the movie & carries the movie on his shoulders with ease. He is an expert when it comes to movies of this genre & knows it like the back of his palm. Keerthy Suresh has done a decent job along with Jagapathy Babu & Daniel Balaji. As for the rest, Aadukulam Naren stands out with Vijayaraghavan, Aparna Vinod etc doing their parts aptly.
Verdict: Well it's a typical Vijay mass movie which will have his fans lapping it up. As for the others, if people watch it with the expectation of it being a "Thalaivaa" or "Kathi", they will be disappointed. It is surely not as bad as his horrible wig, but it lacks the essential ingredients of his masala movies like comedy & catchy music tracks. In short, not worth spending time on it!!!