Cast: Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh, S.J.Suryah, Bharath, RJ Balaji
Direction, story, screenplay & dialogues: A.R.Murugadoss
Producer: N.V.Prasad, Tagore Madhu
Banner: NVR Cinema
Distribution: Lyca Productions
Music director: Harris Jayaraj
Cinematographer: Santhosh Sivan
Editor: A.Sreekar Prasad
Stunts: Peter Hein
Release date: 27-09-2017
Censor certificate: UA
Duration: 2hrs, 25mins
Genre: Action, Thriller
Mahesh Babu works in Intelligence Bureau secretly for the welfare of general public by saving them by any sort of danger before that particular crime occurs. One day he come across a very dangerous break-out which shakes him. How he handled it and safeguarded the people is the remaining story of the movie.
A.R.Murugadoss catches the right context yet again, his way of direction is also quite amusing in few portions. His script rock strong and back story of the baddies uplifts the base to a great height. His screenplay is engaging in many parts with some well executed commercial elements. Dialogues are powerful and ticks the perfect meaning too. Mahesh Babu’s is handsome, charming and extremely stylish, his expressions in the emotional scenes are good. Rakul Preet looks cute whenever she is in the screen. S.J.Suryah is highly intense and pulled off a tough role quite easily, his characterization is tailor made for him. Bharath also gets proper importance and scores in the pre-interval area. Harris Jayaraj’s background music is rich and suits the situation perfectly with no big mistakes. Santhosh Sivan’s cinematography is superb and he has given his 100% to elevate the visuals. Sreekar Prasad’s editing is neat and the flow looks clean throughout the movie. Art work is amazing and Mahesh’s office set-up is so smart. Costumes are lovely for each and every artist who are involved. The way ARM has written the first portions where Mahesh cracks the case are very much interesting. Technology usage is stunning and strengthen few core sequences. Data research by the team has to be lauded with full heart. Till interval, film went almost fully fine with enough ingredients to hold us. The ladies episode in the later half is impressive and somewhat different. Mahesh Babu’s tamil is tidy. Social message conveyed in the end is worthy and makes sense. The whole flashback of the villains are so different and had a all new backdrop.
With extremely talented hero-villain, the 2nd half could have even more gripping. It became a little dragging towards the end. Also situations aren’t that hard enough to heat up the seat. Rakul Preet appears as a very normal commercial heroine just for the hero’s love quotient and songs. Couple of songs like ‘Ciciliya’ and ‘Aali’ arrives at wrong time during the flow and disturbs a lot. RJ Balaji’s screen space is weak, going for a supporting artist role instead of a comedian, he is actually an incorrect choice. There are some logic mistakes which will tickle many people. And also few questions are left over without proper answers. Harris Jayaraj’s songs gave an trend-out feel as none of them are pleasant or enjoyable. Sreekar Prasad could’ve comfortably cut 5-10mins which gave a long watch feeling. Visual effects is bad and three main scenes lacked a lot just because of that, also Santhosh Sivan’s talent goes down with the VFX team’s fault. Some portions carry too much of heroism, they’re kept to satisfy Telugu audience basically, but unfortunately misfires while watching in Tamil. Leaving the message aside, even the climax is not so impactful, ARM must have concentrated more on the film’s later half. Peter Hein’s stunts are also just average, but nowhere matches his quality of work.
Later half pulses down to an extent, still a decent action thriller with good commercial values.
Movie Rating – 2.75/ 5.