In the preview for Vargam we said
Vargam is written by Padmakumar himself. This factor of unkown quality would decide the fate of the movie. We do not know any previous attempt by M.Padmakumar to write, hence is unsure about the movieâ€™s performance.
Now the movie is out and Prithviraj is getting good reviews for his portrayal of the corrupt Inspector Solomon. Here is a roundup of the reviews.Sify writes
It is Pritviraj as Solomon who is the life and soul of the film. His performance has to be seen to be believed as the actor has improved leaps and bounds into a matured actor with excellent dialogue delivery and body language. The rest of the cast are also impressive and director has to be credited for making no compromises as the film moves at fast pace and technically it is one of the best films in recent times and the camerawork of Shyam Dutt is pleasing.However the film has shades of Ranjith written Mohanlal classic Devasuram where the reformation of the rowdy is depicted. On the whole, Vargam is a brave film and certainly it is Paisa Vasool entertainment in these hard-up times.
Paresh Palicha writes in Rediff
It has been a long time since Prithviraj was considered a newcomer. With this film, that tag should be dropped as he virtually carries the film on his shoulders with aplomb.Renuka Menon, the heroine who has long been ignored by the industry after her stunning debut in Nammal, makes a comeback, as a stoic lady who becomes the reason for our hero’s turnaround. One feels she deserved more though.
Technically, Vargam is notches above the recent flicks. The camerawork by youngster Shamdat is engrossing. M Padmakumar who has been director Ranjith’s associate for eons, doesn’t totally break free from his mentor’s school of filmmaking. The influence is evident in the dialogues and non-judgemental approach in characterisation. But considering this is just his second independent venture, he shows a lot of promise.
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