Madhavan, who made stunning comeback in Tamil after a sabbatical, is teaming up with Vijay Sethupathi for Vikram Vedha, which is tipped to be a cop thriller. The teaser of the film has opened to great response from fans. But there are other things to be excited about the film.
Arguably, Madhavan is the last remaining of the 'chocolate boy' clan we have today in Tamil. Having given some commanding performances in films like Aayutha Ezhuthu, Kannathil Muthamittal, Thambi and Evano Oruvan, Madhavan will be more remembered for 'that' guy who wooed the audience with his infectious smile.
However, if you look at Madhavan's filmography in retrospect, a fact that is apparent is the varied choice of subjects. There's certain level of sincerity and maturity in the kind of roles he plays, and it goes without saying that he's constantly evolving as an actor. At his peak, Madhavan played the second lead in Anbe Sivam, which had Kamal Haasan as the main man, who has the reputation of stealing the thunder from his co-stars. And yet, it was a triumph for Anbarasu (Madhavan).
Meanwhile, Vikram Vedha has Vijay Sethupathi, the rising star in Tamil as the prime antagonist, if we're not mistaken. Of late, Vijay Sethupathi is doing big in the industry. Despite some box-office disasters, Vijay has never ceased to impress the audience with his performance, be it Iraivi or the commercial flick Sethupathi.
Vikram Vedha is a refreshing change in Tamil cinema for several reasons. One that multistarrer films are still a rarity in Kollywood, which calls itself next to Bollywood. Two, the film is being directed by duo Pushkar-Gayathri, who are known for the critically acclaimed films like Oram Poo and Va Quarter Cutting. Especially if you're a fan of Va Quarter, a neo-noir comedy experiment that misfired at the box office, then Vikram Vedha is must watch because we've missed Pushkar-Gayathri badly!
Though the strength of their films lie solely in the inventive bits and screenplay, Pushkar-Gayathri's comedy tracks have always been unapologetically funny. Unlike their previous works, Vikram Vedha seems to be more of a 'serious' film and one doubts if there is any room for humour in this one.
But the most important aspect of Vikram Vedha is obviously its leads- Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi, who are working for the first time together. Having said that, what's amusing about the duo is their range. Inbasekaran's (Madhavan) romance with Sashi (Meera Jasmine) in Aayutha Ezhuthu is not the same as say, Rajesh's (Madhavan) in Minnale.
Likewise, Vijay Sethupathi's innocence in Pannaiyarum Padminiyum doesn't reflect in his comedy drama Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom. But it was essayed by the same actors in the aforementioned films. We believe, both Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi have limited knowledge on what they would become once when the director says "action." With Vikram Vedha, Madhavan-Vijay Sethupathi also bring back vivid memories of Kamal Haasan-Nasser's Kuruthipunal, a neo-noir cop thriller that was submitted for the Oscars.
Apart from its bankable factor, the highlight of Vikram Vedha is its supporting cast, which has Kathir, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Shraddha Srinath. Speaking of range and intensity, we have the Kannada beauty Shraddha, who gave a noteworthy performance in U-Turn, while Varalaxmi left the audience awestruck in the disturbing climax of Thaarai Thappatai last year.
In all, Vikram Vedha seems solid in terms of its cast and crew. Given the expectations, one hopes it lives up to its hype.
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