Lakshmi is a dance film that stars Prabhu Deva, Aishwarya Rajesh, and Ditya Bhande in the lead roles. Directed by Vijay, the film has Sam CS handling the music and Nirav Shah as the cinematographer.
Prabhu Deva essays the role of a dance coach and Aishwarya Rajesh plays Ditya's mother. Ditya dreams to be a dancer and join a dance academy without her mother's consent to participate in India's biggest dance show, for which she has to travel to Mumbai. Whether and how she makes it happen is what forms the story.
Vijay's films usually have a strong emotional quotient, but, Lakshmi falls slightly behind in terms of emotional attachment as the focus is more on the core theme, dance. Aishwarya Rajesh's characterization might seem incomplete and one may also feel that the actress was underused mainly due to the cinematic liberties in the screenplay.
The film was branded as a celebration of dance. Looking at the teaser, trailer and music videos, one might get a faint idea of what is going to happen in the film. Unfortunately, the film falls prey to all those cliches and ends up becoming predictable. Does Ditya make it to Mumbai to participate in the competition? Does she win the competition?
We certainly know the answers to these questions, don't we? At the same time, we can see flashes of brilliance in Vijay's writing at a lot of points. For example, the way he made Ditya overcome stage fear, speaks a lot about the man's smart writing.
Nirav Shah's cinematography is one of the biggest positives of the film. Be it the colors or the frames, he proves why his work is widely acclaimed. Sam CS's music is loud at various places and overpowers the scenes. The lack of popularity of the songs has made the excitement factor come down in the important dance sequences.
With more focus on dance, the story has a few logical issues, but there are a lot of takeaways for kids and parents in the movie. Vijay has placed a lot of human values in the story and it is not preachy in nature. The parents can certainly take their kids to this film and return a tad more responsible and disciplined.
On the whole, in spite of a predictable story and climax, Lakshmi can we watched with kids for the moral values that the director has touched in a genre that is less explored in Tamil Cinema.