Movie : Vivekam
Director : Siruthai Siva
Producer : Sathya Jyothi Films
Music : Anirudh Ravichander
Cast : Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal, Akshara Haasan
Release Date: 24th August 2017
Rate : 2.5/5
Kollywood star Ajith’s Vivegam is dubbed into Telugu as Vivekam and has hit the theaters. Directed by Siva, the film stars Kajal Aggarwal as the female lead and Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi as the prime antagonist. After Veeram and Vedalam , this is the third time when both Ajith and Siva teamed up for this film. Let’s see the storyline.
Story: Ajay Kumar alias AK (Ajith), an upright and fierce agent working for a counter terrorism agency set in Eastern Europe, is suspected to have gone rouge . He is totally devoted and madly in the love of his wife (Kajal Aggarwal) who is expecting their first baby. AK‘s close buddy Arayan (Vivek Oberoi), is on a mission to capture Natasha (Akshara Haasan), a brilliant hacker who has codes to launch deadly nuclear weapons. During the mission AK gets betrayed by his trusted colleagues including Arayan, who frames him. How AK fights back and takes revenge forms rest of the story.
Performance: The Major highlight of the film is Ajith. He delivered an electrifying performance. He is a one man army, and carries the whole film on his shoulders. He has undergone a physical transformation and he looks look and specially in daredevil stunts scenes. His way of dialogue delivery impresses the audiences. Kajal Aggarwal gets a meaty role. She looks beautiful and impresses most of the times. Vivek Oberoi as the antagonist is appealing in the first half but post-interval his characterization goes weak. Vivek’s the dubbing voice and modulations were a mismatch. Akshara Haasan plays the role of a hacker and she got less screen space but plays well. Karunakaran's role seemed to be ended abruptly. The rest of the cast perform accordingly.
Technical: Production values are top notch and all the songs have been shot lavishly. Anirudh Ravichander's songs and background score, Vetri's picturisation, exotic locales, choreography of action and stunt, punch dialogues are highlighted. Anirudh’s music elevates Ajith character in the fights, and climax is extraordinary. A bike-chase scene featuring Ajith Kumar is adrenaline pumping and shot superbly. Editing is quite disappointing as a number of scenes could have been chopped off in the first half. Shiva managed to add decent Tamil flavour to this film, but lost out on the plot making it quite routine.
Analysis: Overall Vivekam is an out and out Ajith film. His dialogues, stunts and star power will be liked his fans immensely. Vivekam is largely targeted at Ajith fans, and it lacks logic. All spy films are used to be loaded with action, special effects, and car chase sequences. Vivekam does contain those things, but they are in a forced and less effective manner. Over hero glorifying, and unnatural dialogues in Europe sounded artificial at several places. The true skill of a film maker comes out when he makes a complex film simple, but here a simple story is made in a complicated fashion that some might find it hard to absorb.