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Varisu Movie Review: Family Drama That is Easy to Guess and Only Works Because Vijay is in It

The film Varisu is a classic example of the genre of family drama. Besides Vijay, the film has performances by Rashmika Mandanna, Sarath Kumar, Jayasudha, Srikanth, Shaam, and Prakash Raj.

It’s not surprising that mainstream filmmakers in the South still use the family drama genre as much as possible. Even though the same story has been told many times over the years, this genre has a very high success rate. So it’s no surprise that Vamshi Paidipally plays it very safe with Varisu, his first film with Vijay.

It has all the typical parts of a family drama, and it’s mostly saved by the fact that one man, Vijay, does all the heavy lifting and makes this a pretty interesting movie to watch.

The story is about a family led by Rajendran, who is played by Sarath Kumar and is one of India’s most successful businessmen. His two sons, Jai and Ajay (Srikanth and Shaam), run the business, and one of them hopes to take over the business. When Rajendran finds out one day that he has advanced-stage pancreatic cancer, he decides to do what his wife wants and have a big party for his 65th birthday.

Vijay Rajendran, Rajendran’s youngest son, comes home for his mother’s birthday party after being away for seven years. He had left home because he and his father had a fight about whether or not he should join the family business. What happens in the family that makes Vijay stay back, and why does his father make him the chairman of his group of companies?

Varisu is predictable from the start, but the fact that Vijay is in it still helps it. Vijay has mostly been in action movies in recent years, so it was nice to see him have fun in a pure family movie. This movie uses Vijay’s sense of humor in a big way, and it works like magic. It’s a smooth performance that even people who don’t like Vijay can enjoy.

Every time things start to get boring, Vijay comes in to distract and entertain with his perfect portrayal of a son who saves his family. There isn’t anything else that makes Varisu what it is besides Vijay. Still, this Pongal festival is a good time to take your family to see this movie.

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In an otherwise mostly predictable movie, the family scenes, especially the ones with Vijay and Jayasudha (who plays the mother), work a little bit. For the family drama angle to have worked even better, the fight between the brothers should have been stronger.

One thing the movie does right is that it lives up to what the trailer said it would. As a viewer, if you went into the movie knowing what to expect after seeing the trailer, you won’t be let down.

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