After facing several hiccups, Thalapathy Vijay’s Mersal is all set to storm the theatres on this auspicious day of Deepavali, enlightening the joy among movie goers, particularly Thalapthy fans. Directed by Atlee, Mersal has Vijay donning triple roles (Maaran, Vetri, Vetri Maaran) alongside Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and Nithya Menon. SJ Suryah, who nailed as sadist villain in his recently hit Spyder, is the main antagonist in the film, which also has Sathyaraj, Vadivelu, Rajendran, Yogi Babu, Cheenu Mohan and others in the cast.
Oscar winning music compose, AR Rahman has scored the music for the flick while GK Vishnu and Ruben have handled cinematography and editing. Mersal is produced by N. Ramasamy of Sri Thenandal Films, which is their 100th film and the costliest film ever made in Vijay’s career spanning more than two decades. Mersal has kept the expectations sky-high considering the success of Vijay and Atlee’s previous outing Theri. Did the movie live up to the pre-release expectations and hype it create?
The story revolves around Vijay’s three characters – a doctor, a magician and a village leader (flashback portion). The core plot of the film is about the corruption rooted in the health industry. Mersal is a perfect Diwali gift to Thalapathy fans that highlights the ground reality of today’s medicine coupled with classy and massy entertaining elements to keep you energised.
Although Mersal travels with a familiar story line, it keeps you engaged throughout the film (despite some shabby scenes), thanks to Atlee’s enthralling and intriguing screenplay. The film carries a lot of messages and is bestowed with Vijay’s mind-blogging performance. There is a lot of entertaining factors, the chemistry between Vijay and Vadivelu had worked out very well, and twisters and suspense elements as well.
The first half of the film is packed with intriguing elements like Dr, Maran saving a lady at the airport, Magician Vetri killing a hospital’s chief surgeon clubbed with a couple of songs and interesting comic sequences. The background score is pretty good and the interval block is the highlight of the film. There are quite a few emotional scenes like a hospital trying to cash in with the life a student who met with a terrible accident. The grandeur of the film and the magic gimmicks adds up to the seamless experience.
The suspense elements are unfolded in the second half with Vetri Maran’s character. The flashback portion seems quite lengthy and boring, but it would have been crispier if they have cut short it. Since the story is very predictable, we couldn’t able to travel along with the film and deliberately fails to pump the audience adrenaline. As it is a Atlee movie, it is inevitable that it keeps the traces of many old classic movies. A few songs and background score are quite interesting, and not to mention, SJ Suryah’s performance adds up great value to the film.
Overall, it is a marketable film that will see repeat family audience and of course, will not disappoint you, especially Vijay fans. Not the best, but a decent movie.