Varisu Movie 2023: Release Date, Trailer, Songs, Cast and Review

Varisu Movie 2023: Release Date, Trailer, Songs, Cast and Review

Varisu is a 2023 Indian Tamil-language action drama film directed by Vamshi Paidipally. The film is co-written by Hari and Ashishor Solomon and is produced jointly by Dil Raju and Sirish under the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations and PVP Cinema.

The film stars the popular actors Vijay and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. The music of the film is composed by Thaman S, the cinematography is handled by Karthik Palani and the editing is done by Praveen K. L.

Varisu Movie 2023: Release Date, Trailer, Songs, Cast and Review

Varisu Movie 2023 Cast

The story for the film Varisu was written with the idea of Mahesh Babu in mind as the lead actor. However, when Mahesh Babu was unable to sign on for the film, the filmmakers approached other actors such as Allu Arjun, Prabhas, and Ram Charan before finally settling on Vijay.

  • Vijay as Vijay Rajendran, youngest son of Rajendran and Sudha.[8]
  • Rashmika Mandanna as Divya, Aarthi’s sister and Vijay’s love interest.
  • R. Sarathkumar as Rajendran Palanisamy
  • Prabhu as Dr. Anand Padmanabhan
  • Jayasudha as Sudha Rajendran
  • Prakash Raj as Jayaprakash, Rajendran’s rival.
  • Srikanth as Jai Rajendran, eldest son of Rajendran and Sudha.[9]
  • Shaam as Ajay Rajendran, second son of Rajendran and Sudha.
  • Yogi Babu as Kicha
  • Sangeetha Krish as Aarthi, Jai’s wife and Divya’s sister.
  • Samyuktha Shanmughanathan as Ajay’s wife
  • Sanjana Tiwari as Ria, Jai and Aarthi’s daughter.
  • Nandini Rai as Smita, Jai’s lover and mistress
  • Ganesh Venkatraman as Mukesh
  • Sriman as Thambi Durai

Varisu Movie 2023 Synopsis

Vijay is in terrific form, cracking one-liners that have us break out into a smile, make self-referential punches and show earnestness in the sentimental moments.

Varisu Movie 2023 Review

Setting a family drama against the backdrop of a cutthroat corporate world, director Vamshi manages to weave a fairly engaging film on misunderstood sons and fathers, warring brothers, jealous rivals, worried mother, light-hearted romance, a peppy songs and heavy-duty heroic moments. This is all powered by a sparkling star turn by Vijay that elevates ordinary moments into entertaining episodes.

The story revolves around Rajendran (Sarath Kumar, who seems to have been directed to always look glum just because his character has terminal illness), a business tycoon who pits his own sons against each other to ensure that he has the right successor. While the first and second sons, Jai (Srikanth) and Ajay (Shaam), have an eye on the chairman's chair and blindly act out their father's whims and fancies, the third son, Vijay (Vijay) has a difference of opinion with his methods and choses to stay away. And just when Rajendran learns that he is counting his days, he gets to see his sons for who they really are, and ends up making Vijay as his successor, which results in the other two going on a warpath and worse, joining with his bitter rival Jayaprakash (Prakash Raj). Can Vijay prove himself to be a worthy varisu and also reunite his now-broken family?

Varisu does begin in a rather shaky manner, with scenes that seem somewhat alien to its milieu and rather cold. Even the mother sentiment doesn't really seem forceful enough, and the scenes between Vijay and Jayasudha have the sanitised feel of a TV commercial. What keeps us interested in these moments are the parallels that we read into them based on the reported real-life tiff between the film's star and his parents.

That said, the set-up makes us feel like we have dropped into a Telugu version of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, where, instead of the gangster backdrop, we get a story set against the corporate backdrop. There are moments that are rather flat, like the fallout scene between Vijay and Rajendran, that appears early in the film. Even the intermission point isn't exactly a rousing one.

But then, the film switches gear in the second half, and Vamshi scores in sixes and fours with the mass moments that have both comedy and heroism in equal measure. He also punctures the sentimental moments with comedy and ensures that things don't get too melodramatic. At the same time, he also doesn't hold back when he wants to reach for his audience's tear ducts. This is a film that is quite self-aware. Family and relationships are what drive the plot, and the film film is woke enough to acknowledge that relatives can be toxic, and old-fashioned enough to understand that sometimes, we got to make the best of what we have when it comes to family.

There are slip-ups in the form of a rather slight romantic track (Rashmika plays the arm candy here), and less-than-formidable villains. That even an actor of Prakash Raj's stature cannot turn the antagonist into a formidable threat to the protagonist shows how weak the characterisation is. Perhaps, the director felt the conflict involving Vijay bringing his two brothers back into the fold was enough. The overall writing in the scenes is also quite broad, which lessens the emotional impact of the scenes, especially in the first half. The pacing, too, is uneven and Vamshi even includes unnecessary songs and one too many fights that turn the film into an overlong affair.

But he makes up for all of it through his leading star. Vijay is in terrific form, cracking one-liners that have us break out into a smile, exchanging comic counters with Yogi Babu (who is quite funny, after a long time), making self-referential punches (a scene involving a boardroom meeting is a riot!) and showing earnestness to make us buy the sentimental moments.

Varisu Movie 2023 Release Date

Varisu was released in theatres worldwide on 11 January 2023, in the week of Pongal. The release of the film during the Pongal week was a strategic move as it is considered as one of the most auspicious times for the release of a film in the Tamil film industry. The film received mixed reviews from critics upon its release.

Some critics praised the performances of the lead actors and the action sequences in the film, while others criticized the screenplay and the pacing of the film.

Varisu Movie 2023  Box Office Collection

Varisu earned 26.7 crore on its first day, matching Ajith Kumar's Thunivu in box office gross. Despite the movie "Thunivu" only earned 24 crores and had an overall Tamil occupancy rate of 74.26%. On January 15th, Varisu's production house officially announced that the film had earned 150 crores in just 5 days. Beast, Vijay's prior movie, debuted with a first-day gross of 57.4 crores, making it the highest-grossing Kollywood film to date, and it ended up grossing 242 crores globally.

In just seven days, Varisu's worldwide box office surpassed Rs 210 crore. It officially joined Vijay's 200 crore blockbuster earnings after being officially confirmed by the producing company, "Seven Screen Studio." His films, including Bigil, Sarkar, Mersal, Master, and Beast, had garnered 200 crores before Varisu.

Varisu Movie 2023 Story

Varisu, like an urban popular family sitcom, tells the story of a happy-go-lucky guy named Vijay Rajendran, played by Thalapthy Vijay. After his foster father mysteriously passed away, his character's circumstances altered, and he now found himself in charge of a multi-billion-dollar corporate reign. Between this voyage and the one that followed, he was confronted with a slew of sins and tragedies. In order to get the crowd cheering, Yogi Babu and Anand Raj will develop the movie in a humorous way.

It's really no bit surprising that popularised Southern directors and elevated performers are suffocating the family saga genre. Despite numerous repetitions of a single tele pattern over the years, Varisu is a distinct and unique theme with a high level of excellence. Vamshi Paidipally, in his first partnership with Thalapathy Vijay, performs it incredibly comfortably. It's a typical household drama with all the expected pulses, but it's saved primarily by the involvement of one hero, "Thalapathy," who handles all of the grunt work and ends up making this one a thoroughly enjoyable stream.

Varisu is linear from the beginning, but the sheer influence of Vijay acts in its possession. After primarily working in action movies in latest years, it was heartening to see Vijay possess fun in a straight-up community cinema. This is a movie that makes extensive use of Vijay's comedic edge, and it tends to operate like charm. It's a natural quality that will resonate even with quasi fans. Ever other moment standardisation sets in, Vijay has seemed to divert attention and impress with his field portrayal who transforms into the family's redeemer.

Besides Vijay, Taman's muisc and Prakash Raj's contrary Vijay brought back Muthupandi and Velu. Regrettably, it's a show worth seeing with your family during the Pongal fest. It's a clear pongal delight from the thalapathy to his fan base.

Varisu Movie 2023 Film's Announcement

Being that this is Vijay's 66th movie in a prominent position, the movie's working title is Thalapathy 66, and it was first confirmed in September 2021. April 2022 saw the start of principal photography, which ended in December. With rare schedules in Visakhapatnam, Bellary, and Ladakh, the movie was filmed primarily in Chennai and Hyderabad.

Vamsi claimed that the project's creators had planned to reveal it early that year but were forced to change their plans due to COVID's second wave in India. According to sources, Vijay was paid $1.18 billion for the movie. Additionally, it was said that he would be wearing two different looks because the movie will take place in two different eras. On the eve of Vijay's 48th b'day, on June 21, 2022, the title Varisu was published.

The movie's plot was created with Mahesh Babu in mind, and when the actor was unable to join, the producers contacted Allu Arjun, Prabhas, and Ram Charan before settling on Vijay. Shaam confirmed his presence in the antagonistic role for this movie on April 26, 2022, and H. Vinoth also approached him about playing opposite AK in Thunivu. The first session of filming for the movie began on April 6, 2022, in Chennai, after the opening puja event. The shooting was finalized on October 27, 2022. On November 5, 2022, T-Series released their first single, "Ranjithame."

Varisu Movie 2023 Review : Script Analysis

Letting the story stand tall on the heroic presence of Vijay, script-writers somehow tend to forget to make things intriguing & take shortcuts like relying solely on the lead actor charming his way in. After a point of time, even Salman Khan failed to achieve the same in Bollywood and it seems Vijay has taken the same route. Vamshi Paidipally, Hari, Ashishor Solomon’s story is a poorly rehashed and mashed-up version of every 90s family drama ever.

To enrapture the viewers with this castle of a house, Karthik Palani’s camerawork overcompensates at places with too many angles jerking the scenes. The cinematography is decent otherwise, especially capturing the hand combat sequences’ brilliant action choreography by Dhilip Subbarayan. Praveen K. L’s editing does no help in keeping the pace at a desired speed for such a dragging & predictable story.

Varisu Movie 2023 Review: Star Performance

Vijay does what he does best but yet again in a film whose story isn’t qualified enough to handle his ‘mass’. The problem isn’t him being the best thing about the film, but the actual problem is he’s the only good thing about the film. His dance, his actions, and his antiques are all perfectly fine but they don’t find the right ‘home’ in this family drama.

Rashmika Mandanna continues to sign the flower pot actress roles & this ain’t much different. Staying in the story without creating any impact on it apart from looking good and dancing well, is something actresses should really refrain from doing. It’s 2023! To be fair to all, every other actor in the cast apart from Vijay is a flower pot actor in this film.

R. Sarathkumar as Vijay’s father doesn’t get much to do to build the emotions in the father-son bond, and the same goes for Jayasudha playing his mother. Vijay, in a scene, mimics Shah Rukh Khan’s iconic index finger waving pose from K3G but that worked purely because of Karan Johar’s rightly dramatic direction.

Prakash Raj as a villain is of no use, not a single scene of him will make you feel terrified for Vijay. Shaam & Srikanth as Vijay’s brothers are just to form a toxic family, both don’t really invoke any ‘bhaichara’ emotions to intrigue the viewers. Yogi Babu continues to be the routine cliched comic relief he has been in such Tamil films.

Varisu Movie 2023 Review: Direction, Music

Vamshi Paidipally had everything at his disposal, a bankable star, a decent cast, money-making genre but the only thing he missed churning out was a justifiable story. I had a similar issue with Salman Khan’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as well but that one still had a good music album.

Thaman S has composed the album for this one with only Jimikki Ponnu being the bearable track because of Vijay’s performance & the music. Even the songs get monotonous coming across like they were the only options to the makers for keeping the viewers somewhat interested in the film.

Varisu Movie 2023 Review: The Last Word

All said and done, the major issue about Vijay’s family drama is it misses two important things: interesting family and impactful drama. Beast, despite all its flaws, was a superior project to this one.

Varisu (Hindi) Official Trailer | Thalapathy Vijay, Rashmika Mandanna, Vamshi Paidipally | S.Thaman

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