Lokesh Kanagaraj and Kamal Haasan make history by giving Tamil cinema its first real genre-specific “action movie”

Posted on June 3, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

You get all the emotion you need from Kamal’s eyes or from Fahadh Faasil’s sly body language. Fahadh manages the considerable feat of almost stealing a Kamal movie.

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If Martin Scorsese and Timothy Dalton’s James Bond had a baby, it would be something like Vikram. This is a drug-filled gangster movie, filled wall-to-wall with fantastic rock-music riffs, courtesy Anirudh. This is a grim saga about secret agents who sacrifice a great deal to save the world, paying a high personal cost. This is also Lokesh Kanagaraj’s purest movie to date. During Master, there was talk about the film being 50% Vijay, 50% Lokesh Kanagaraj. Vikram is 100% Lokesh, while also being a 100% Kamal Haasan movie. It is not just about the fanboy, easter-egg references like the name Stephen Raj (Vetri Vizha) or Prabanjan (Kamal Haasan’s writer-friend) or the umbrella shot from Sathya or the play on the most famous lines from Nayakan and Kuruthipunal. It is also that fantastic monologue about evolution, which seems plucked right out of Kamal Haasan’s screenwriting / dialogue-writing brain. The spirit of Kamal Haasan hovers over the film like a… Ghost.

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