After several misfires (in my opinion), Sivakarthikeyan finally lands the sweet spot with ‘Varuthapadadha Valibar Sangam’. Here he gets the right story (no story, essentially) to keep it light and lively, instead of the preachy ‘Marina’ or an unevenly built ‘Edhir Neechal’. VVS also works ’cause the rest of the cast meshes very well with Sivakarthikeyan’s style of comedy. His partner-in-vettiness (Soori, channeling Vadivel, to a tee), partner-in-romance (Sri Divya, a natural) and partner-in-sparring (Sathyaraj) complement Sivakarthikeyan thoroughly.

If the irreverent humour feels like ‘Boss Engira Bhaskaran’, planted in a village, you’re not far off. ‘Director’ Rajesh M (the one who gave us SMS, BEB and OK OK) has written the dialogues for VVS and he keeps us smiling (at times LOL) through the whole movie. His writing is so sharp, he parodies the nepotism in Dravidian politics within the space of two side-splitting conversations between the “தலைவர்” (Siva) and the “செயலாளர்” (Soori) of the ‘வருத்தப்படாத வாலிபர் சங்கம்’. Hilarious stuff.

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