Cast: Sathyaraj, Alexander, Pavina
Production: S M Manickam
A movie titled ‘Vengayam’ and actor Sathyaraj playing a part in it. This is enough to say that it is an emotional drama from a rationalist’s point of view taking a dig at superstitions. The message is loud and clear in debutant-director Sankagiri Rajkumar’s ‘Vengayam’. He has gathered guts to weave a script that takes a dig at fake Godmen, tantrics and astrologers, inspired by reports that appeared in newspapers.
Rajkumar has ensured that the film doesn’t get preachy for there is some romance in the backdrop. With hard-hitting dialogues, a must for films on such genre, ‘Vengayam’ is worth a watch. Set in a village, the movie begins with romance between a policeman Anbu (Alexander) and a bubbly girl Tamil (Bhavina), daughter of the milkman.
The village is full of fake Godmen and astrologers, who cheat the illiterates and swindle their money in the name of prophecy. One fine day, all these fake astrologers go missing. Anbu is given the responsibility of tracing them. He finds out that it’s an act of revenge by a group whose families suffered due to the false predictions of these astrologers, who considered themselves demi-Gods.
Rajkumar seems to have a grip over the medium. The script doesn’t wander and it conveys what the director wants to. Adding pep to the proceedings is Bharani’s music. There are some logical lapses and the content may be an issue of argument between faith and atheism, but ‘Vengayam’ is an attempt that tries to create awareness among the rural folk.