Run time – 2 hrs 35 mins
Plot – Indian RAW agents, Akhilan, Meera and Ayushi, go after ‘Love’, who is an evil, quirky chemical scientist looking to take control of the world order with his custom-made inhalers filled with the dangerous adrenaline hormone. Directed by Anand Shankar, Irumugan is a spy thriller which works to a fair extent.
– Vikram turns in a supreme performance as ‘Love’. His extravagant mannerisms, way of talking, walking & costumes add to the part. One can’t imagine any other actor in this gutsy role. There are some scenes where this character plays to the gallery totally. Vikram is largely underwhelming as Akhilan but he more than makes up for it with Love.
– ‘Lady Superstar’ Nayanthara looks extremely glamorous in flaunting costumes and her role has substance too. Her mass transformation moments earn wild cheers from the crowd. In Harris’ Hit number ‘Halena’, she grabs all the eyeballs with her sizzling presence.
– Director Anand Shankar has also given good parts to Nithya Menen, Thambi Ramiah and Karunakaran. None of these actors are wasted.
– Visually, this is a stunning film thanks to the contributions of DoP RD Rajasekar and production designer Suresh Selvarajan. The film also spans many scenic locations, befitting the spy thriller genre. Producer Shibu hasn’t spared any expense.
– The narrative is peppered with good highlight moments such as the pre-interval segment, some of the twist scenes and most of Love’s histrionics showcase.
– Irumugan suffers from logical loopholes, some of which are glaring. The spy thriller genre generally warrants some suspension of disbelief but Anand should have paid close attention to this aspect.
– The song placements are below par and good songs like ‘Oh Maya’ and ‘Kannai Vittu’ are sadly wasted on screen. Also, Vikram should consider avoiding choreographed dance moves henceforth.
– The inhaler bits are overdone and the impact is reduced due to this over exposure.
– The runtime of more than 2 hrs 30 mins could have easily been brought down with some smart trimming of the songs. And towards the end, when we expect a stunt sequence with Nayanthara, the narrative abruptly jumps to the next scene.
Final Word – Irumugan has its share of flaws but it can be seen on the big screen for Vikram’s ‘Love’ly performance, Nayanthara’s glam appeal and the spy sci-fi thriller genre.