In anticipation of seeing Ajith Kumar’s new Tamil film Vivegam, I watched his 2015 film Vedalam (Phantom). I thought that it was my first Ajith film, but in looking him up I realized he was in Ashoka as SRK’s younger brother, and most notably as the dream boat young filmmaker in Kandukondain, Kandukondain paired with Tabu. Hubba, hubba.
I really enjoyed Vedalam. It has fantastic action sequences but it really has heart at it’s center. The romance with Shruti Hassan provides some comic relief and a few nice song sequences. The interval point is when Ajith tells his story, and gives us the flashback that explains how mild mannered Ganesh came to Kolkata and what happened to his sister.
I absolutely adored Ajith’s relationship with his sister (Lakshmi Menon), and the story of how they became close. I love the trope of a rowdy who blossoms from the love of family.
The moment that Ajith turns was quite something and one of the most memorable sequences I’ve seen in Indian cinema. I can see why Ajith has such a fan following. He won over this new fan with this film!