Director: lokesh kangaraj
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
To emit: Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Narain
Synopsis: A stranger finds himself blacklisted by a vigilante group hunting down drug mafia enablers. However, the relevance of the person is surprising in the scheme of things.
Pure, undiluted action movies have started to lose their shine in Tamil cinema, as some have been mistaken in thinking that hard-hitting movies can only be born by negating high-octane action. Lokesh Kanagaraj and Kamal Haasan have shown this notion wrong in a spectacular way.
Vikram begins with a series of Hitchcock-style murders by unidentified men as a “statement” for law enforcement. The lawbreakers discovering their nemesis in the events that follow, launch a full-fledged war. The film, despite lacking a nuanced story, makes up for it with engaging stunt choreography and human emotion.
Kamal, playing VikramIt is the biggest positive of the film. At 67 years old, and after a Covid-19 infection and surgery, he put on some impressive fights. The veteran who steps back a bit to have Fahadh and Vijay Sethupathi take center stage deserves laurels. The emotional scenes with his grandson are a welcome reprieve from the action scenes and save him from being a one-dimensional character.
Vijay Sethupathi’s Sandhanam takes us back to Bhavani on several occasions. Luckily, that does not become topical. The modulation of his voice due to drug use sounds fresh and adds to the envy of him. Fahadh Faasil, albeit with relatively minor show-stealing scenes, is never forgotten.
Kudos to directors Rathna Kumar and Lokesh Kanagaraj for being easy on the dialogue. Except for a long line about revenge, which isn’t trite either, Vikram moves with everyday conversation. Lokesh’s love of reminiscing about old songs is getting better with each movie guaranteeing whistle-worthy moments.
The female characters, as in any other Lokesh Kanagaraj film, fail to impress except for one maid character. The director, aware of his strength in the world of men and crime, sticks to him without trying to experiment on him.
On the downside, no matter how flashy a movie is being made, a runtime of close to three hours defeats the purpose. Lokesh, with the duration, deviates from his ‘Master’ mistake. The family bullying trope is overused and the methods being done are not funny enough.
The color tone employed is interesting and the pale shades of yellow resonate with a gloomy world riddled with crime. The happy moments of the past that Vikram holds close to his heart are on the positive side. Alternating color patterns evoke the required emotion.
Anirudh Ravichander’s background score gives a foreshadowing of the scenes that follow and elevates it. It’s fun to see Kamal in his Alwarpetta Andava days with modern steps in Pathala Pathala.
Lokesh Kanagaraj has managed to make multi-starring his forte by delivering a blockbuster in every sense of the term. Suriya’s cryptic role and leadership of a sequel is best kept under wraps. Kollywood owes a lot to this Guru-Sishyan couple (Kamal and Lokesh) for ending the industry’s losing streak of late.