Screenplay and Direction
Technical Effects and BGM
A Perfect Treat for fans!
Summary : Vivegam, which marks director Siva's third collaboration with Ajith Kumar, is a perfect material for fans who haven't seen the actor on the big screen in a long time.
Cast: Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal, Akshara Haasan, Karunakaran & others
Stunts: Kaloyan Vodenicharov & Stunt Silva
Art Direction: Milan
Written & Directed by Siva
Produced by: Sathya Jyothi Films
Release Date: 24-08-2017
Run Time: 02:29:00
Vivegam, which marks director Siva’s third collaboration with Ajith Kumar, is a perfect material for fans who haven’t seen the actor on the big screen in a long time. Siva has smartly packaged the movie in such a way that fans will have enough whistle-worthy moments to witness a never-seen-before hard work of Ajith in a physically demanding role.
Ajith’s electrifying screen presence has found a near-perfect match in Siva’s filmmaking in Vivegam. Siva’s staging of action sequences and cinematographer Vetri’s top-notch camera work strike a beautiful chemistry. Despite mounting the action on a terrific scale, Siva relies on a done-to-death plot, which fails to make us invest in his characters.
Vivek Oberoi’s caricatured villain role is the biggest let down of the film. Except for mouthing hero-glorifying lines, he’s made to look like a good-for-nothing antagonist. The absence of a well-etched baddie sticks out like a sore thumb. His role oscillates between partly annoying and partly uttering the ‘well-played Nanba’ line.
Thalai Viduthalai song is replete with goosebumps-inducing moments of Ajith. Siva shows his transformation like never before, though it’s hard to believe. I really wish the writing had focussed more on how Ajith survived against all the odds in what could have been the most inspiring sequence in the film.
The story takes its time to start rolling, with the first 20 mins or so proceeding at a sluggish pace. The film kicks off after the character of Akshara Haasan enters the scene. She has an excellent but brief role, and I liked the build up to her character, where Siva shines as a writer.
The chemistry between Kajal Aggarwal and Ajith has worked out well. A morale boosting song (Veriyera) in the climax is one of the old-fashioned cliches of Tamil cinema, and it’s quite disappointing to see that it’s still continuing shamelessly. Although Kajal Aggarwal is impressive in the happy moments, she delivers a substandard performance at emotional moments.
Editor Antony has weaved some lovely images from the film in the title credits, especially the metamorphosis of the title font. Anirudh Ravichander’s background score lends credibility to the movie’s genre and the backdrop effortlessly.
The few minutes of making video in the end credits are the most inspiring moments ever in a Thala Ajith film. Don’t miss it.