Vikram Review: Lokesh Kangaraj and Kamal Haasan deliver on promise

Movie: Vikram
Rating: 2.75/5
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil, Vijay Sethupathy, Suriya, Gayathrie Shankar, Narain
Director: Lokesh Kangaraj
Produced By: R Mahendran, Kamal Haasan
Release Date: June 3rd, 2022

Kamal Haasan’s action thriller Vikram is this week’s other big release. The film created massive buzz just with its star cast announcement that features powerhouse performers such as Vijay Sethupathy and Fahadh Faasil. Lokesh Kangaraj, who is on a career-high after delivering back-to-back blockbusters like Master and Kaithi is quite confident of the content of Vikram and is raring to score a hat-trick. What’s Vikram all about and did it deliver on the hype? Check it out.

Story: Much like Kaithi, Vikram’s story starts with a missing consignment of drugs. Amar (Fahadh) is entrusted with the investigation and during the process, his paths cross with Karnan ( Kamal Haasan ) and Santhanam (Vijay Sethupathy) a local drug lord. How are the three characters linked and what happens with the investigation? What is the real deal with Karnan is what Vikram explores over the course of the next 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Performances: Kamal Haasan is back with a bang and gives his fans and movie lovers what they have been eagerly waiting for. Despite the age catching up, he is terrific in the action scenes and gives one of the most intense and towering performances of his career. His intense gaze and ability to do a lot without putting much effort make his performance quite entertaining. Fahad Faasil is dependable as ever and has got quite a chunky part in the first half of the film. His character is easily the most intriguing one of the three and is well sketched out by Lokesh Kangaraj. Vijay Sethupathy completes this powerhouse performer’s trio and once again plays the antagonist with terrific ease. There’s a bit of humour and a bit of crazy energy around his character and he balances these two with great ease. Arjun Das, Narain, Gayathrie Shankar all play their roles as required and have little to perform in a world dominated by Kamal Haasan, Fahadh, and Vijay Sethupathy. Suriya as Rolex is another major high point of the movie and fans will surely love his cameo.

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Analysis: Vikram is an effort by Lokesh Kangaraj to build a cinematic universe. The film has enough elements connecting to his previous film Kaithi. The director has made quite a conscious decision by placing certain easter eggs and callbacks to his other works. He has done a terrific job at balancing the three characters with each having their eccentricities and insecurities. Casting and performances are top-notch. However, the film gets slightly dull in the second half and longer runtime might test your patience levels.

Plus Points:

  • Technically top notch
  • Lead Cast
  • BGM
  • Lokesh Kangaraj direction

Minus Points:

  • Runtime
  • Lack of emotional connect
  • Editing
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Verdict: Vikram is a movie that has all the potential to be a mass favourite as well as a cinephile’s delight. Lokesh Kangaraj’s efforts to create his own cinematic universe are quite exciting and you will definitely see some parallels as well as the connection between Kaithi and Vikram. This is an interesting prospect and will be definitely further explored in his future films. Vikram is certainly a movie to be enjoyed on the big screen and can be added to your weekend’s to-do list.

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