We’ve had films showcasing the good, the bad and the ugly in a generic way. Taking an inspiration from the mythological story ‘Vikram Vetal’, Pushkar-Gayathri’s directorial Vikram Vedha takes a different way about the good and the bad by blurring them in an interesting manner. The film narrates the story of a ruthless encounter cop Vikram (R Madhavan) who is on a hunt to capture the gangster Vedha (Vijay Sethupathi), it’s a cat and mouse game.

In an early scene, we see the good cop Vikram in White and by the end of the film he’s in Grey while Vedha is always in Grey- such kind of detailing gives a phenomenal importance to the art of film-making and storytelling. The Screenplay is intriguing, the scenes are crafted out of pure love for film-making as well as storytelling, though we’ve already seen them but they are flowered and watered with utmost care. After a longtime, I felt the strong impact of the antagonist before he actually appears on the screen, something that’s appreciable.  The first half is super engaging and keeps you tugged in but the second half falls into place slowly; with its slow pace- the directors have managed to melt you in. And yes, I totally bought it buy it!

Characters are written with a touch of realism (unconventional way) but they slowly become too filmy to take. The conventional ingredients are spiced up in the second half like an unnecessary song but it gets ignored due to the high technical aspects. The Cinematography by PS Vinod is brilliant, the way he plays with the frames and light is interesting, and not one frame is uninteresting. Another mention-able aspect is the crispy editing by Richard Kevin. The Hollywood style action thriller spiced by an emotional sentiment doesn’t necessarily copies but makes its own new world. Thanks to the efforts of Pushkar-Gayathri, they have taken the level high with an unconventionally conventional film, the film will provoke your thoughts and leave you scattered in a good way.

And as the title suggests, the film has to rest upon its two main characters- R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. The two coming from different school of acting pull off the film excellently, when the film dips down- it’s due to them that we are tugged in. R Madhavan, last seen in Irudhi Suttru (Saala Khadoos) gives an intense kind of Dabangg meets realism act and Vijay Sethupathi, last seen in Kavan gives phenomenal performance by the end of the film he surpasses everyone (also he gets an interesting entry scene).

The stylish film bending slightly towards realism using the fine craft of film-making and especially storytelling in a captivating manner is an interesting film, worth.

Language: Tamil
Release: 21 July, 2017
Director: Pushkar-Gayathri
Rating: 3.5/5

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