“Mersal”… Vijay lords over a movie that’s better than “Bairavaa”, but is that enough?

Posted on October 18, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/mersal-movie-review

With Mersal (Astonishment), director Atlee continues with his mission to simultaneously giganticise and deflavourise beloved older films. If Raja Rani was an overblown Mouna Raagam and Theri was a watered-down Chatriyan, Mersal is Aboorva Sagotharargal remade as a “mass” movie. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t Aboorva Sagotharargal itself a “mass” movie? Not quite. It was a masala movie, and comparing it with Mersal is one way to understand the difference. Kamal Haasan played three characters. Vijay plays three… versions of Vijay, constantly waving at the audience. It’s Tamil cinema’s answer to an election rally. The screen is the Jeep. The screenplay is the manifesto. Our tickets, the votes. And the hero? Our next thalaivan (leader).

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