Cast: Vikram, Dhruv Vikram, Simran, Bobby Simha, Sananth, Vettai Muthukumar
Director: Karthik Subbaraj
Streaming On: Amazon Prime
Release Date: 10th February, 2022
Story: Gandhi Mahaan (Vikram) belongs to a family of Gandhi followers and they are very specific about following all Gandhi principles. He leads a life with restrictions until he is 40. When his wife and son go on a trip to Tirupati, Gandhi Mahaan decides to spend that day on his terms and it changes his life forever. What happened on that day and how did his life change? Is it for the good or bad? All these questions are answered in the rest of the story.
Performances: Vikram is fantastic here and his swag and style easily remind us of him from a decade ago. This is easily one of the best characters played by him in recent years and he has played it with utter ease. Dhruv Vikram in a role with negative shades was quite confident and entertaining and was a perfect match against Vikram. It was surely a treat to watch the father and son lock horns. Simran was neat in a small yet important role. Bobby Simha, Sananth and Vettai Muthukumar, these three people deserve huge appreciation for their excellent performances in strongly written roles. Definitely of the best roles in the careers of all three.
Analysis: Karthik Subbaraj has once again played to his strengths by picking the gangster template. However, he has corrected certain things this time, which he had missed out on in his previous film. He has focused more on creating a screenplay that is engaging and as well-paced as possible. He has also ensured that there are supporting characters with the right and required amount of screen space. Shreyaas Krishna’s cinematography and Santosh Narayanan’s background score are fantastic and did full justice to the tone and genre of the film. The costumes and production design too deserve mention for the quality work. The first half of the film proceeds on familiar lines after a point but has good energy levels to keep things lively. The interval sequence is fantastic and the entire second half revolves around Vikram and Dhruv, and despite some hiccup’s, the chemistry between the two, the guessable yet exciting twists and a fitting ending kept things interesting till the end.
Performances of all supporting actors
Cinematography and music
Overused gangster template
Convenient writing in a few scenes
Weak emotional connect behind the Gandhi angle in the film
Verdict: Mahaan is a typical gangster drama but has excellent performances, good technical support and an engaging screenplay to keep the momentum going. A strong comeback from Vikram and a definite recommended watch.