THE SON RETURNS- VEYIL and KAAVIYA THALAIVAN
Vasanthabalan is one director with a distinct flair. When it comes to balancing a new kind of cinematic language with the right kind of emotions thrown in, he manages to easily walk the tightrope in between without making it look overly melodramatic.
The 2 scenes marking the return of the protagonists are classic examples. Both are sons who haven't lived up to their legacy. Murugesan played by Pasupathy in Veyil runs always with all his mother's jewels and some cash at a very young age after his father humiliates him publicly. Kaliappa Bhagavathar played by Sidharth was a promising actor who failed to live upto his skills as envisioned by his Guru Sivadas Swamigal (Nasser) thanks to a failed love and Gomathi(Prithviraj's) actions driven by jealousy towards the former.
Both of these scenes speak volumes. They have a legacy to live upto and responsibilities in which they have failed, up until this point of time. Kaliappa has a glorious re-entry scene coming out from the dark and stepping into the light once again (spotlight) much to Gomathi's chagrin. Murugesan has an emotional re-union with his mother and brother whilst still being rejected by his father as useless.( A sensational performance from G.M Kumar). Then begins the gradual journey towards fulfilling their legacy. Murugesan ends up saving his brother's life whilst losing his life in the process, thereby earning his place in the heart of his father, who now mourns his dearest son whose love he failed to realise. Kaliappa with his unique body language and subtle style of acting lives upto the legacy of his Guru and begins attracting the masses gaining popularity whilst unknowingly deepening Gomathi's jealousy towards him.
Both movies are brilliant case-studies as regards to making as well as emotional arcs such as redemption and the rise of the fallen protagonist and they are enhanced further by stellar performances from the actors- Pasupathy, Bharath, G.M Kumar, Siddharth and Prithviraj. Continued in comments...