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Vettaiyadu Vilayadu

Indian cinema does not indulge subtlety. With our penchant for drama, we may never see taut police procedurals. We have to settle for this.

Vettaiyadu Vilayadu
Vettaiyadu Vilayadu
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Starring: Kamalahaasan, Jyothika, Daniel Balaji
Directed by Gautam Menon
Rating: ***

At a point in Vettaiyadu Vilayadu (The Hunt) when DCP Raghavan (Kamalahaasan) realises that his wife Kayalvizhi (Kamalini Mukherjee) is dead, the character does not offer the trademark Kamal reaction: the famous Nayakan howl. Throughout the film, Kamal’s Raghavan is a class act: subdued, rarely venting emotions. He is, after all, the hardened but honest cop who lets the law take his course to avenge the murders of those dear to him. As the tagline proclaims: ‘Another episode in a police officer’s life’, Vettaiyadu is a sequel to Kaakha-Kaakha (The Protector), director Gautam Menon’s earlier film that justified and glorified encounter killings.

In Vettaiyadu, Menon has a story to tell. What appears to be a vengeful rape-cum-murder of Raghavan’s colleague Arokiaraj’s daughter in Keeranur...

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