Vijay Yesudas hails from a village which is drenched in caste pride, and the members of his land do not get along with the neighbouring village. However, Vijay is a carefree, happy-go-lucky guy, who whiles away his days drinking and roaming around with his friends.
On one such day, he gets impressed by the police force's power to take control and the freedom to obtain liqour whenever they want. So, he decides to pursue a career in police. In order to get through the process he seeks help from Bharathiraja, an ex-military, who promises to help him only if he pays a hefty sum of money.
Meanwhile, he initiates a relationship with Amritha Aiyer, a relative of his, who also loves him back. In this situation, Yesudas successfully passes the entrance exam, but faces heavy hurdles with the training process as it is difficult and requires tremendous hard work. So, he quits the training and gets back to his village, stating that he is not interested in shedding more sweat and blood.
Amritha gets furious with him for running away from the training camp, and breaks up with him. To save his relationship, he rejoins the training, works hard, and in due time joins the police force too. He walks into his village with such happiness, but soon discovers that his land has turned into a war zone due to casteism. How he stops the violence forms the rest of the crux.
After playing a negative shade in Maari 2, singer turned actor Vijay Yesudas has now emerged as the main lead. He has pulled off the character decently and proves that he has the credentials to be a commercial hero. Though Amritha Aiyer's role appears to be a bold one, she has very little to perform other than being the hero's love interest. Yet, she has done a decent job. Veteran filmmaker and actor Bharathiraja is on a roll ever since his stellar performance in Kurangu Bombai. His character in the film is one to look out for, also he fits the character like a glove.
Debutant Dhana has done a pretty decent job in the directorial department. Though his attempt at showing how castiesm is still an issue in rural areas, it is not that impactful as the concept has been used in many ways before and has nothing new to look forward for. Also, he could have paid more attention to the screenplay as many loose ends are evident, and is draggy at a lot of places.
Rajavel Mohan has cranked the camera, and his shots are impressive. Karthick Raja has composed the music, and his background scores are decent compared to his songs.
In short, Padai Veeran, is okay.