The director Mani Ratnam is back with a bang with an intense crime action drama. For this straightforward gangster movie, Mani Ratnam has given up his usual trademark songs, and love.
The movie is about the greed, succession war between the three brothers to take over the position of their gangster dad who rules Chennai.
Vijay Sethupathy, Prakash Raj, STR, Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Dayana Erappa, Jayasudha, Mansoor Ali Khan, Aishwarya Rajesh and many more.
Though it is sad to see Mani Ratnam give up his trademark style of movie making, the director has come up with an engaging gangster movie. The biggest plus point is the star-studded casting and the equal space the cast shares.
All the four protagonists- Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, STR and Arun Vijay shares equal space and has their moments to score. Arvind Swami as Varadan is fiery and plays his role with ease. Arun Vijay as Thyagu, a Dubai businessman is sleeky and stylish yet deadly. STR as Ethi is the ‘crowd puller’. His ability to perform intense scenes is evident in the second half. His dialogues and dialogue delivery is a plus while a few dialogues might make you feel bored.
Vijay Sethupathi as Rasool once again steals the show with his one-liners. One might get the feeling that he is under-utilised throughout the movie but he is the show-stealer in the climax.
The women in the movie comparatively have a lesser space to play yet has done their part well. The ladies in the movie are shown as collateral damages putting up with the sins committed by the men in the movie. Jayasudha suffers watching her three sons fight, Jyothika puts up with Aditi Rao Hydari who is her husband Arvind Swamy’s concubine. Aishwarya Rajesh and Dayana Erappa face sin because of their husbands as well.
Aditi Rao Hydari’s character is unwanted to the movie’s plot despite the fact that she has done her part well.
To talk about the music, AR Rahman has saved his best for Mani Ratnam. On a movie like this music plays a major role and ARR’s background score keeps us at the edge of the seat throughout the movie. Sevandhu Pochu Nenju is the best among all the songs.
Santhosh Shivan needs a special mention as well. He, as usual, brilliantly captures the mood of the characters. The lighting and the camera work is a big positive for the movie.
To put it simply, This is one of the best movies in the recent times despite the flaws and the loopholes. This is not a usual Mani Ratnam movie, yet the man has given us a great one. This certainly cannot match his epics like Thalapathi but for sure is enjoyable.
If action is your favourite, this movie can be your cup of tea. Go, watch it without any expectations.