Direction : Pushkar-Gayathri
Production : Y NOT Studios (S. Sashikanth)
Starring : R. Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi, Kathir, Shraddha Srinath, Varalaxmi
Music : Sam C. S.
Cinematography : P. S. Vinod
Editing : Richard Kevin
From the directors of ‘Va Quater Cutting’ and ‘Oram Po’, here comes ‘Vikram Vedha’ starring Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in lead roles. The film features Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shraddha Srinath and Kathir in important roles. Sam has composed music and P.S. Vinod has cranked camera.
A simple plot – Vikram (Madhavan) is an encounter specialist, who is on the verge of bumping off the city’s notorious gangster Vedha (Vijay Sethupathi). But then, the ultimate twist throws up when Vedha himself walks into the picture and surrenders to narrate a story to Vikram, a story that will turn lives of everyone involved in the drama upside down.
A cat and mouse game, Tom and Jerry and beyond all these contemporary tales, it’s vividly inspired from the most enthralling folklore – Vikram Bethal, which has been haunting every kid to the adult for decades. One thing is so much evident with the whole presentation of this feature film, both Pushkar and Gayathri have strongly been involved in the script creation for a very long time. It is so much illustrious with earnest detailing of every shot, which has its closest connectivity to the climax. It’s a critical situation, where revealing a single element of narration over the drama would actually turn out to be a spoiler.
The second thing that instantly grabs our attention is the characterizations of each and every actor. Moreover, the depth of delineating Vijay Sethupathi’s character nearly for 20 minutes before his arrival on screens just urges you up for great applause of course Goosebumps guaranteed. Maybe, Pushkar-Gayathri could have been partially inspired by Netflix original series ‘Black List’ that resembles the similar introduction of protagonist as Vijay Sethupathi. But that’s really massive that any other leading mainstream hero of Tamil cinema had witnessed in the recent times. Actually, this is the real master brain of a director, where actors can breathe up sometime as their intensity of characterizations is intensified by description of characters.
There is something really awe inspiring about cinematography of P.S. Vinod. When the shades of Sepia or yet more dark contrastive tone is used, it has more probabilities of creating an adverse effect on eye impressions leading you to strain up restlessly, but this wizardry cinematography plays it very well in a stylish manner. The screenwriting is really brilliant that it keeps you edge-seated and even the point of intermission, doesn’t move you out and you stick to the seats.
Sam knocks bigger with the background score. Last time, we could hear such an amazing music would have been AR Rahman’s BGM for Slumdog Millionaire and K’s Kammatipaadam. The songs presented with montage are a great idea to not let it hamper the screenplay. Richard’s editing is so strikingly spectacular as it enhances the screenplay.
No words! These two actors – Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi just pull it off brilliantly in each and every frame. Of course, we were very pretty sure even with the first look poster that a huge treat waits in theatres and they deliver what is expected. Madhavan just scores up casually leaving no stone behinds. Vijay Sethupathi nurtures up massive spell in each and every scene. The moments involving the witty lines of Vijay Sethupathi towards Madhavan kindle up humour and emotions too. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar appears in minimal sequences, but sparks off with a naturalistic performance. Shraddha Srinath gets a meaty role and her role being laced with main plot makes the movie more gripping. Kathir with his innocuous role steals the show. Others in the star-cast including Prem as Simon too make an impressive spell.
Everything in narrative and technical department along with stunning performances.
What doesn’t work?
Nothing to be mentioned
Vikram Vedha is a perfect illustration and model film that showcases the fact that if a film is well worked with proper planning, strong screenplay, perfect casting and nuance performances, it will definitely appeal to universal audiences.
Verdict : Keeps you addicted from minute-to-minute
Rating : 7/10