Cast: Vikram, Amy Jackson, Santhanam, Suresh Gopi
Music: A R Rahman
Cinematography: P C Sreeram
Lingesan (Vikram) has two passions. He wants become Mr. India. He is so fond of a top model gorgeous Diya (Amy Jackson). So much so that he collects all her advertisement copies from the books and purchases the products she endorses. He even purchases ladies’ nightwear and sanitary napkin just because they are endorsed by Diya!
Diya happens to meet Lingesan and impressed with him innocence. She is troubled by her co-actor John (Upen Patel) who wants to sleep with her. Diya hates to enhance her profession by such ways and hence parts ways with him. She finds a good model in Lingesan and grooms him as a model. They develop as a good pair in modelling world and love blossoms between the two.
But the cruel commercial world makes Lingesan’s life miserable. His competitor in Mr. Tamilnadu competition joins hand with them and they ruin Lingesan’s life. He goes in exile and DIya is left alone. Her family arranges for marriage but Lingesan intervenes after knowing that his plight is not an accident.
The rest of the story tells us how Lingesan takes revenge against these powerful people and get back Diya.
Ace director Shankar is known for his grandeur and films with a message on issues touching the public. For a change, he has opted for a story that has accent on romance. There is loads of action apart from the well tuned and spectacularly shot songs.
The storyline is wafer-thin but Shankar has packed in a lot of high-voltage elements to sustain the audience’s interest. The way the flashback is told holds the interest. The revenge drama has been executed with some new ideas.
Some scenes stand out. The horrifying effect of Vikram when he sees himself in the mirror is one such example. The picturisation of songs are quite spectacular. Amy’s love despite seeing her lover in a horrible status is touching. The transformation of a healthy man into a beast is amazingly portrayed.
On the flip side the length is a bit too much. The reason behind the doctor’s cruelty lacks credibility. Though the stunt scenes are well choreographed the train stunt seems to be waste and tedious.
The tempo, performances, music and cinematography and the grandeur make the film appealing despite these flaws.
Its Vikram show all the way. Vikram deals with different characters within a single character and emerges with flying colours. It is a The actor, who has teamed up with Shankar after ‘Anniyan’ has put in so much of hard work, which can’t be described in words and it is evident as the movie pans out. His hard work is visible in every frame. It is a mix of beauty and the beast as Vikram’s appearances and roles change drastically.
Amy Jackson fits the role of international model rather well with her cute looks coming handy. She also acts well in romantic scenes and shows considerable maturity in dealing with sorrowful moments.
Santhanam and Upen Patel have nothing much to do while Ramkumar Sivaji and veteran Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi essay crucial roles with elan.
Dialogues by writers Subha is a highlight while the camera work by P C Sreeram is outstanding and captures some virgin location in all their splendour.
A.R. Rahman’s music and songs
P.C. Sriram’s cinematography
Graphics work and stunts
Simple story told in grand manner
Special makeup (Kudos to Weta Workshop, New Zealand)
The storyline is predictable.
Some dulls moments here and there
The movie is all about grandeur and great performance.
‘I’: Visual treat served with spectacular performance