Through the movie, Vedha asks Vikram, “Can I tell you a story?” Each story he narrates provides a clue to Vikram. At the end, I yearned for one more story. It was that good.
The story line is nothing new. We have seen it over and over again. Bad gangster, good cop. So then, do you credit the mastery of the director duo, the crisp dialogue, the background score or the incredible acting for the success of Vikram Vedha?
A good movie starts with the right casting. Every actor will be remembered for the character they portrayed. Half boil is a far cry from his timid character in “Naduvule oru pakkathai kaanom” and captures us with his transformation as the right hand for Vedha. He will be remembered for how he takes the bullet in the end and how he delivers the “50/50” news to Ravi. Simon has delivered his best yet. His physical change in this movie makes him solid and sexy as a police officer, a role he has done before but not to this mark. Chandra delivers again and that is never a surprise. She oozes talent when properly engaged.
The movie opens with Vikram and it is well after the first encounter that Vedha makes his appearance. It is well worth the wait – the unexpected entrance is so well timed that I want to stand up and welcome Vedha with claps and whistles. This one’s for you – Pushkar and Gayathri.
The lead pair – Vikram the actor and Vedha the narrator. Madhavan the actor and Vijay Sethupathi the narrator. No one speaks dialogue after dialogue these days that stays in your mind long after the movie is done, unless he is Vijay Sethupathi. The power of the sentence when he says “Are we still standing on either side of a straight line or has this now become a circle?” is so damn good that you have to stand up and applaud. Hats off to VS – you are so at ease playing the uncultured goon, staring from under those half closed eyes and rattling off words while hardly moving them lips. It’s only you, man!The good cop Vikram had the weight of acting and who better than a seasoned veteran like Madhavan to pull it off. To look in to the camera and pull the trigger again and again is no easy task, especially when the victim is not directly facing the lens and it is the shooter who has all the responsibility to emote in his acting the importance of that shot. Vikram the police husband has come a long way from the droopy eyed lover in Alai Payuthey. Way to go, Vikram sir!
The background score could not be missed. The ringing sound in our ears inside the cable factory stands out as does the silence and the recurring theme song humming in our head. Superb handling of music adding to the intensity of acting, for we all know the story line and scenes are all but too common in Tamil cinema. In an era where almost every Tamil movie has a dance called the ‘item song’ focused on the navel of a woman, kudos to Vikram Vedha for carrying an all male ‘item song’ called “Tasakku Tasakku” and rocking it like never before!! Absolute entertainment!
Vikram Vedha is not without flaws, but it has successfully managed to make an ‘encounter’ movie enjoyable and well worth a summer afternoon in the theatre.