Thursday, 12 January 2017

Bairavaa questions quality of private colleges and their sub-standard managements

Bairavaa (U):

Viewer's Note:

Not a much convincing work nor a worst one too. I should say that Barathan again failed to utilise the 'Vijay Quotient' for the second time. However Vijay tries to carry the movie throughout and Keerthy Suresh as well. Let me not get into the commercial aspect of Bairavaa and this is completely an ideology based viewer's note.

Ideological aspect:

Ideologically, the movie questions on sub-standard colleges in the country that are with poor or no proper infrastructure. The climax stretch of dialogue that Vijay speaks when addressing the media will put students of such sub-standard colleges in a point of relating to their experiences (Don't try to get my mind voice). Similarly the way the college shown in the movie and the pressure created by the college management through staff on the students who protest are purely in a realistic way. The sequence in which, students gathering together and raise a complaint to the Medical council tries to say that the government is ready to respond to the student issues. On the other hand the council members who are portrayed as corrupt ones reveals the ground reality of the government mechanism.

Script aspect:

The place where the protagonist asks 'When students are tested on their skill and knowledge before entering a college, when a teaching faculty member is tested before getting appointed as a professor why not the founders of education institutions have criteria to be an educational institution's Chairman or Director' is like slipper shot to the education system of the country. However, privatisation of education system is not directly criticised in the movie but it has raised questions on the sub-standard and unqualified college owners.

Except for the stylish action sequences that are like a visual treat, the other parts of the movie lacks in heroism as the director wants Bairavaa to be a common man facing a big shot who is highly influential. Even in the scene where the evidences to prove the antagonist guilty are been destroyed, Barathan leaves Bairavaa to cry on his failure. Throughout the movie, the protagonist tries to over play the villain only by his smart plays (though they are illogical plays, still its a commercial film dude) but not with heroism. Despite with less flavours of heroism, the smart plays of the hero still are good-to-watch materials as every time the villain gets trapped proving that he is not fit to be a 'Kalvi Thanthai or Vallal' and just a moron. Especially the usage of Nitrous Oxide to trap the villain is one good turning point.

Cinematic aspect:

In the midst of heroes using Vijay's references in their movies, this time he himself uses the same. Its only the references of Vijay's previous flicks and MGR's songs are used throughout the movie (I don't know what he is trying to say with this, may be next MGR? Koluthipoduvom :P ). From Sathish saying that he is not on Kaththi mode but in Kadhalukku Mariyaadhai mode, Vijay dancing for Naan Adicha Thaangamaata and the dialogue, 'Enakey Thuppakiya',  this movie has only Vijay reference every now and then.

Cumulative view:

Vijay again has taken up a social issue on to the screen but, I can never say this as another Kaththi and as the movie deals with education system flaws, it is not next Nanban either. But Bairavaa is something in which Tirupachi's protagonist takes up the issue dealt by Nanban's protagonist in a protesting format of Kaththi's protagonist and this is where the movie lets down the spectators as the director has served noodles on banana leaf.

On the whole Bairavaa is one treat for Vijay fans, one nostalgia for alumni of sub-standard colleges, one reflection of students who are suffering in such sub-standard colleges and one piece of troll material for Vijay haters (We can't help with it as haters gonna hate. Be it Vijay or Ajith).

-Santhosh Mathevan
Chennai, January 12, 2016.

P.s. This viewer's note is not intended to offend anyone and is completely my perspective on the film.

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