Vaathi Review & Ratings | Hit or Flop?

Vaathi Review: Many actors across different film industries are trying to expand their market by making pan-Indian projects, but actor Dhanush is making films in different languages without sticking to any particular language. He has teamed up with Telugu director Venky Atluri for the first time and also working with director Sekhar Kammula after this project.

Vaathi (2023)

His movie in the direction of Venky Atluri is titled as “Vaathi” in Tamil and “Sir” in Telugu. This movie already created good buzz with the trailer. Today movie has released in theatres in Tamil and Telugu simultaneously. Let us get into the detailed review of this movie to know if Dhanush received another success in his career.

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At the Thirupati Educational Institute (T.E.I), where he works as a third-grade junior lecturer, Balamurugan (Tamil) speaks out against the institutes that provide education to children in exchange for corporate profits. The rest of the story is comprised of the experiences that he is forced to go through as a result of his protest against this education system.

Cast & Crew

Vaathi Movie stars Dhanush in the lead role, while Sanyuktha is seen as a female lead opposite him. Movie cast includes other actors like Sai Kumar,Tanikella Bharani,Samuthirakani,Thotapalli Madhu, Narra Srinivas, Pammi Sai, Hyper Aadhi, Shara, Aadukalam Naren, Ilavarasu, Motta Rajendran, Hareesh Peradi, Praveena.

Vaathi movie is written & directed by Venky Atluri. It is produced by Naga Vamsi S – Sai Soujanya under Sithara Entertainments & Fortune Four Cinemas banners. Music of this movie is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar and cinematography is handled by J Yuvraj. Navin Nooli took care of the editing.

Movie NameVaathi
DirectorVenky Atluri
Music DirectorG. V. Prakash Kumar
ProducerNaga Vamsi S – Sai Soujanya
GenreAction, Drama
CastDhanush, Samyuktha, Sai Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Samuthirakan and others
Cinematography J Yuvraj


After the huge success of Bahubali across different languages in India, now producers are gutsy enough to set few unexpected combinations to make movies. When Dhanush announced that he is uniting with Venky Atluri for a movie, expectations have already raised as both are from different film industries. These expectations make us watch the movie with a very positive note.

But after the movie starts, we forget about the combination and start feeling the boredom with some very uninteresting scenes that proceed until the interval. Even though the core point of the story is interesting, the way it is presented on screen with many unwanted scenes in the first half will make us exhausted. Movie only picks up its pace in second half and loses the path after few scenes again. With an expected climax movie ends on a simple note.

While it comes to acting performances, actor Dhanush is good in the role of Balamurugan, but we might feel the character doesn’t offer him the space to perform more. He could have done more, if his character was well written. Samyukta is not up to mark, she diappoints with her performance, even though she has limited screen time. Samuthirakani has impressed once again in a negative role. Actor Sai Kumar, Tanikella Bharani and others did their part as required for the characters.

Technically Vaathi movie looked very average. Songs composed by GV Prakash Kumar are not memorable and we might get used to this songs if we hear them in loop. Cinematography by J Yuvraj is also not up to the expectations. Few dialogues are well written. Production values are good.

Director Venky Atluri who is an expert in dealing the youthful love stories has tried something new for the first time. But he could have focused a little more on the writing, as most the scenes look very boring. He disappointed once again after “Rang De.”

Overall, Vaathi is a simple action drama with a message. You can watch this movie in theatres for Dhanush and the core point of the story.

Plus Points:

  • Dhanush
  • Dialogues

Minus Points:

  • Screenplay
  • Music

Rating: 3/5

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Bhargav Reddy

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