Release Date: 20 Jan, 2023
By Latha Srinivasan: National Award-winning actor Bobby Simha had a bumper Pongal blockbuster with Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya, where he played one of the villains. Now, comes the release of Vallavanukku Vallavan, which was shot in 2016. Vallavanukku Vallavan stars Bobby Simha, Karunakaran, Sshivada Nair, Anand Raj, Appukutty and Pooja Devariya. It’s directed by Vijay Tesingu and producers include Thenandal N. Ramasamy, Sathees Sundaraj and Bobby Simha himself.
The movie revolves around Bobby Simha and Karunakaran, who are vagabonds and two con men who loot the rich. Bobby is interested only in making money and the two travel from place to place across Tamil Nadu, assuming different personalities. In the first instance, we see Bobby come as a god man (seems to be Nithyananda) and he ends up sleeping with Azhagi (Sshivada Nair) in the garb of being her true soul mate. Bobby and Karunakaran vanish from that town and move on to the next target and as they continue this con, all those whom they cheated, including Azhagi, start to chase them. But he also plays Robin Hood along the way. Do they get caught? What happens to Azhagi?
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One doesn’t know the thought process behind the release of Vallavanukku Vallavan after six years in the can but the producers were probably hoping to recover some money at least given Bobby’s stature now. Unfortunately for them, this movie has nothing going for it. It’s an age-old story which looks very 80s and Bobby Simha’s character is not a novelty factor. Though the director has tried to add some elements of comedy along with the con angle, it doesn’t work.
The music by Raghu Dixit is below average and the cinematography and editing by Padmesh and Vivek Harshan are nothing to write home about.
The original Vallavanukku Vallavan is a Gemini Ganesan film that was released in 1965. Having used the same title, some justice should have been done for that at least.
The big question here is why Bobby Simha chose this script and an even bigger question is why he turned producer for this film. Vallavanukku Vallavan can be given a complete miss.