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Vijayanum Veeranum (1979)

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Nazeer shines in Double Role
7 July 2015 | by (Kerala,India) – See all my reviews

This movie is a very special one for Nazeer fans as it is the only good movie in which he plays a set of twins.Other movies where he tried to repeat it namely Thirichadi and Rahasyam,bombed badly. Vijayanum Veeranum is a fast paced action thriller which has a taut screenplay and Nazeer in his full form that makes the movie worth watching. The movie starts with Vijayan(Nazeer) a small time gambler getting engaged in a brawl.As the movie progresses we come to know that he is a great gambler and he always wins the game of cards.Enter bad guy(Jose Prakash) who hires Vijayan to play in his own casino so that he can rob some influential people and later use their services to his own benefit.One such person is Nath(Aalammoodan) who is working with the intelligence.Vijayan wins around 75,000 and leaves Mr.Nath bankrupt.Now in order to save himself from disgrace Nath has togive out the secret plan K2 which is actually wanted by Saxena(Janardhanan as a humming villain).Saxena has a team of bad men who r Romesh(Kunjan),Sethi(Sam) and Marconi(Rajashekharan).Alongwith them is Romesh's girlfriend Shabnam(Seema baby at her best).Due to an internal fight between them Sethi flees to Tamil Nadu with evidence against Saxena.He contacts the Kerala Police who send their trusted man Veeran(Nazeer again) to collect the evidence.Meanwhile Vijayan is also heading to Karnadaka to marry Shubha so that he can win the wealth of her dad(P.K Abraham).After a series of action sequences and great location viewing we come to know that Vijayan and Veeran are twins who got separated in their childhood.They join hands to destroy the evil men and eventually get their respected ladies and their sister(who appears only for 2 and a half scenes). C.N Venkidaswami is known for his Kilunghatha Changhalakal type of movies.He gave many hits with former superstar Prem Nazeer. Vijayanum Veeranum has shades of both Blackmail and Midukkipponnamma.He has kept the pace of the movie quite fast and aided by a tight screenplay he succeeds in keeping the viewers glued. The locations where the movie is shot are very beautiful The movie boasts of being shot in Andhra Pradhesh,Karnadaka,New Delhi and Tamil Nadu.The cinematography is excellent.The action sequences form the highlight of the movie and are very well executed. the fight between Prem Nazeer and Shetty(in a cold storage) is excellent.The music by A.T Ummar is good.The song '' Marijuana....'' is great.But the evergreen ''Madhyamo Maayayo....'' picturised on Nazeer and Seema on a boat in New Delhi is a classic song by all standards.The background score specially the tune when initially Elizabath and later Seema dance while sending secret codes is haunting. The way Chennai,Hydherabad,Banglore and Delhi are shown in the movie,it has an national look. Nazeer carries the movie very ably on his shoulders. He has looked his best in both the roles.The coats,glasses and shirts he wear go very well with the characters.He acts very naturally and looks very handsome.This is perhaps the only double role film where there is no difference between both the roles.There is absolutely no difference between Vijayan and Veeran in looks,voice,way of dressing and habits.This leads to some confusion for the viewer as well.Seema and Shubha play their part comfortably.Jose Prakash,Aalammoodan, Janardhanan and Kunjan are adequate in their respective roles. The peculiar and interesting part of the movie is the different type of villainous character namely Saxena,Romesh, Sethi and of course Marconi enacted ably by Sam, Rajashekharan,P.K Abraham and Sujit Kumar.Janardhanan plays an unusual and interesting character Saxena who starts humming tunes even though he is discussing serious topics.Aalammoodan as Romesh is at his menacing best.Kunjan plays Sethi in a way that it becomes his most famous performance.However it is Sam as Marconi, who has an accent and talks funnily, who gets away with the cake with his superb timing. Kunjan was a regular in C.N Venkidaswami films but this one is really special.Elizabath shines in a cameo. Another unknown feature about this movie is producer Mani C Kappan shooted for the movie in a fight sequence where he played Prem Nazeer's DOUBLE!!! When released in 1979 Vijayanum Veeranum met with modest success but it has high repeat value which makes it a must watch for Nazeer fans.Venkidaswami and Nazeer again teamed up for the 1981 blockbuster billingual ''Kilunghatha Changhalakal''. Still, Vijayanum Veeranum although often compared with Ponnil Kulicha Raathri remains a must watch for Swamy's ability to handle an action film with panache and for the class Nazeer generates as Vijayan and Veeran.


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