Vetrivel which is directed by Vasanthamani opens in a rural backdrop, where caste system overtakes human values and life itself. Saravanan (Ananth Nag) and Subha (Varsha) are lovers studying in the same college. Subha is worried as her father Rajamanikam (Prabhu) intend to get her married soon after their studies and that too to a person of the same caste. Saravanan approaches Vetrivel (Sasikumar) his elder brother for help. Vetrivel tries to reason with the parents on both sides to make this work but his attempt ends in vain. Finally they try to kidnap Subha in a temple festival which ends wrong and Vetrivel’s world is turned upside down. How Vetrivel manages to overcome this situation and brings the lovers together is the rest of the story.
Vetrivel main strength is the ensemble of cast backed with a good performance. Sasi kumar offers nothing new and keeps his role in perfect degree, but he could have avoided those dance steps and the intro song. Viji Chandrasekar and Ilavarasu dominate in their roles and outperform everyone. New faces Varsha and Nikkila give a decent performance and Mia George and Prabhu’s role has been underplayed. Comedy track Thambi ramaiya too doesn’t gel in the movie and slows down the pace. In fact the duration and editing are the main flaws in the film. The director too tries to merge all emotions in the second half which leave the film half cooked. Imman impresses which just one song and the rest is worthless. The story too is very predictable and the pace of the film makes it worse. Vetri vel is a old wine bottle, wiped and kept backed in the display. I give it 3/10