Bobby Simha tries his best to save this mediocre thriller
Vasantha Mullai Movie Review: Most of the thrillers being churned out in Kollywood either begin with a young couple setting out on a journey to an isolated place or staying in a mysterious bungalow where things become messy. Though Vasantha Mullai, too, follows a similar template, the idea that it adopts is decent enough to grab the attention of the viewers. But then, mediocre storyline and unrealistic conflicts make this an average watch.
Rudhra (Bobby Simha), an IT professional, suffers from blackout disorder due to lack of sleep. His girlfriend Nita (Kashmira Pardeshi), requests him to take a break from work and go on a trip to a hill station. They stay in a villa called Vasantha Mullai, where things seem to be abnormal. Nita, all of a sudden, suffers from breathing issues and Rudhra sets out in search of an inhaler. On returning to the hotel room, he finds that she’s missing. While everything appears to be a mess, Rudhra gets chased by a masked man (Arya), whose intentions aren’t known to him.
What follows is a series of terrible events that puts Rudhra and Nita’s life in trouble. Will they be able to come out of this mysterious place or is everything that they are witnessing occuring in a different world altogether?
Vasantha Mullai is an okayish attempt that tries way too hard to be novel and inventive, but fails for the most parts. While a few scenes featuring Bobby, Kashmira and the masked man are staged well, the screenplay looks chaotic at times. The filmmaker’s idea to incorporate a time-loop kind of concept is quite interesting, but then, when he cheats the viewers completely during the tail-end of the film in the name of twist, it is a bit disappointing.
Just when we believe that the central characters, including Arya and Bobby Simha, are going through some real conflicts, we are given a solution that is pretty convenient. The film would have been a better one if Ramanan had played out a bit on the hero’s disorder during conflict sequences instead of bringing in a random twist.
Bobby Simha is the only saviour of the film and single-handedly steals the show. His romantic sequences with Kashmira work to an extent. Kashmira has screen presence. Though Arya doesn’t have much scope to perform, he has delivered his best. The technical aspects of the film, while not great, are convincing enough to hold our attention. Vasantha Mullai is definitely not a bad thriller, but it really doesn’t immerse you into its world to the fullest.