Entertainment Movie Reviews 26 Aug 2017 Vivegam movie review ...

Vivegam movie review: All about a mass star

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Aug 26, 2017, 12:54 pm IST
Updated Aug 26, 2017, 12:54 pm IST
There’s a lot of hard work and effort that has gone into the making and that shows on the screen.
Still from the film
 Still from the film
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DIRECTOR: Siva

CAST: Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Agarwal, Akshara Haasan

 

Vivegam is an international spy thriller set in Europe and in the backdrop of a global weapons mafia.

Ajay Kumar (Ajith Kumar) and Aaryan Singha (Vivek Anand Oberoi) are close buddies and they call each other as ‘nanba’. They belong to a counter-terrorism squad and are high profile officials of an international spy agency. AK has an affectionate wife Yazhini (Kajal Agarwal) who stands by him all the time.

Ajay is entrusted with the job of tracking down Natasha (Akshara Haasan), an intelligent hacker who is in possession of the keys to activate nuclear weapons that can create lethal man-made earthquakes in any part of the world. Having said that, Natasha has undergone a plastic surgery that has changed her face, making Ajay’s mission more challenging. Despite this, AK manages to pursue his endeavor and when he succeeds in his attempt, an unexpected twist happens in the pre-interval portion. His best friend turned foe Aaryan has hatched this plan to bump AK off!

However, AK bounces back like a ‘phoenix bird’ (as his friend Aaryan describes) from the predicament and is in revenge mode, and he believes in fighting face to face than to backstab. Now, he has an additional responsibility of saving his pregnant wife who becomes embroiled in the grave situation.

Undoubtedly, Siva has made a movie that is all about a mass star – Thala Ajith. The actor’s terrific screen presence helps us to overlook the logical loopholes. Ajith simply floors you off with his energetic high-octane stunts sequences, especially the bike chase scenes. There’s a lot of hard work and effort that has gone into the making and that shows on the screen. The showcasing of his six-packs in the climax is yet another mass-hero moment. Vivek Oberoi is a routine but stylish villain and his dialogue delivery (dubbing artiste) gives a feel of a dubbed movie. Kajal looks elegant in traditional attires - saris with long sleeved blouses. Somehow, their chemistry doesn’t work out the way it should have been. Akshara makes her debut in an extended cameo and is adequate. She has the right looks for a film set in foreign lands. Karunakaran fails to evoke laughter.

Though there’s hardly anything by way of story in the film, Siva has added plenty of punch lines for Ajith, which are aimed at the actor’s fans. Even as the film opens Ajith answers to someone who asks who he was. He says, ‘Naan Yaarnnu Edhirla Irukkaravan thaan mudivu pannuvaan’. Though Anirudh’s music is too loud, it is racy and goes well with the proceedings. Also, Kajal singing a song while Ajith takes on his enemy reminds one of Paravai Muniamma number in Dhool as well as in many of the devotional amman movies.

Vetri’s cinematography is scintillating. Some of the stunts (though gun trotting in many places) have been choreographed brilliantly.

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