Sunday, January 18, 2015

I - Movie Review, a Perfect Revenge Thriller

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Movie  - I (ஐ)
Director - Shankar
Producer - Aascar V Ravichandran

Music - AR Rahman
Cinematography - PC Shreeram
Released in - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi
Release date  - 14th January 2015 (Pongal Release) 

The movie starts with a monster looking hunchback kidnapping Diya (Played by Amy Jackson) on her wedding day. She is held captive in a derelict bungalow. The story then flashbacks to a charming young Mr. India aspirant Lingesan (Played by Vikram). After becoming Mr. Tamil Nadu, Lingesan gains the animosity of body builder Ravi who thinks that Lingesan had ruined his body building career. His passion for body building was intense and his love for super model Diya was even more intense. She was his heartthrob. His craze for her was such that he would buy all the female products that she endorsed.

Being a super model, Diya faces several challenges in her professional career. John (Played by Upen Patel) a well known male model misbehaves with her and constantly nags her to sleep with him.  Upon Diya's refusal, he threatens her to blacklist her and ruin her career.  To stop Johns advancements and to strengthen her professional career she joins hands with Lingesan who was known to her at a shoot location. She cajoles him to work with her for an ad assignment in China that could be a life changing assignment for both of them . Her uncle Dr. Vasudevan (Played by Suresh Gopi) , also a trusted friend of Lingesan endorses Diya's views. Finally Lingesan acquiesces to her requests and sacrifices his Mr. India competition that was to be held in Belguim the same month. During this journey to China, Diya introduces Lingesan to transgender makeup artist Osma, who later develops hots for Lingesan. Diya rechristens Lingesan to Lee in the ad world who later gains appreciation from top guns and grows famous. Initially he struggles to perform well in the shoot and the chemistry between the duo simple fails. The Ad director suggests Diya to love Lee and the later does it for her professional gains. Lee floats cloud Nine when Diya talks about love. But eventually Diya confesses to him that she doesn't love him. Lee is disappointed and feels dejected. In the mean while Osma gets intimate with Lingesan and Osma gets hurt when Lingesan disapproves of her love. Lee (Lingesan) grows to be a famous ad model and the ad guru Indra Kumar ( Played by Ramkumar Ganesan)  appreciates him. The egoistic ad guru feels offended when Lee refuses to do his Drinks ad due to presence of pesticide content in the drinks owing to which he gains animosity of the ad guru.

In his journey from rags to riches, he goes on to make few enemies. Body builder Ravi - who feels that Lingesan snatched his career, John - model who feels that Lingesan had taken away his job, egoistic ad guru whom he hurt with his principles, and a transgender makeup artist whose love he refused to accept! They all plan to take revenge by planning his downfall.  They all team up along with their fifth partner. This fifth person would come up as a surprise element for you.  It’s this villain whose idea changes Lingesan’s life forever. All of them take revenge on Lingesan by transforming him into an ugly unrecognizable monster looking hunchback by injecting an Influenza virus into him. Monster looking hunchback Lingesan starts hating himself and wants to take revenge. He wants to give the same treatment to those who stole his looks.

The story moves on how Lingesan takes his revenges and how successful he is in achieving it is something you could watch for! This is a perfect revenge thriller and I highly recommend this movie. Vikram has done justice to the role of Lingesan by shedding and gaining kilos. He is such a perfectionist. The Vikram Shankar Duo is pairing up again after Anniyan/Aparichit and this duo has clicked again. AR Rehman's music is a cherry on the cake. The Mersalayaiten song is tipped to be the most expensive song in the history of Indian cinema where the actress transforms into soap bubbles, mobile phone, and motor bike and so on. It is a fresh and a different take of Shankar and I loved the way Vikram transformed himself into the monster looking hunchback.  He will mesmerize you with all his looks – be the romantic Lingesan, hunchback monster, or the beast. A lot of things could be said about his acting skills - Of course positive. He scores my points there. Amy Jackson was indeed gorgeous and beautiful. I could hear whistles in the theater during most of her scenes especially the Ladio song. But a little bit of body language and home work from her side could have been proved good.  Santhanam gives the most important comic treat. Brownie points to PC Shreeram for his cinematography – especially the scenes shot in China. Shankar’s direction is well known to the world.

 The story sails slow like a cruise on the ocean and later on as many twists and mysteries unfold, it speeds up like an express train. This is a fresh story line. Although I felt that inclusion of extra character like Power star was totally uncalled for. But still I loved the way the movie ended. I do not intend to write more of the Post interval bit as it may reveal too many crucial elements.  The movie
But I highly and strongly recommend this movie for a weekend treat. It’s definitely a onetime watch.

I would give it a 3/5 ratings on basis of direction, characterization and acting skills of the actors. Vikram ruled the show!  Of course not to forget the climax.








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2 comments:

  1. Yes, this is only a one time watch, Shankar fails to impress me this time with story and screenplay although Vikram's acting is good.

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  2. I missed Shankar's magical screenplay, but will give 4 out of 5, only because of Vikram for the movie :)

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