Vikram Vedha Movie Review

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Vikram Vedha Movie Review

Certificate:

Language: Hindi

Genre: Action Thriller Crime

Release Date: 30 Sep 2022

Runtime: 02:36:00

Vikram Vedha Movie Cast & Crew

  1. Sharib Hashmi

    Actor

  2. Saif Ali Khan

    Lead Actor

  3. Hrithik Roshan

    Lead Actor

  4. Bhushan Kumar

    Producer

  5. Radhika Apte

    Lead Actress

  6. Sam C. S.

    Music Director

  7. S. Sashikanth

    Producer

  8. Rohit Saraf

    Actor

  9. P. S. Vinod

    Cinematographer

  10. Chakravarthy Ramachandra

    Producer

  11. Pushkar

    Director

  12. Pushkar

    Writer

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Vikram Vedha: Film Review: Frame-To Frame From The Original, But Fabulous

Vikram Vedha: Film Review: Frame-To Frame From The Original, But Fabulous
With a high scale, it's very easy for a movie to get lost in translation; however, with the help of terrific performers, director duo Pushkar and Gayatri have kept the soul of the original, albeit exa
Xappie Desk

Updated: September 30, 2022 01:51 IST

Rating : 3.5/5

Vikram Vedha Review - Story

Vikram (Saif Ali Khan) is an honest police offer that is part of a specialized encounter team that has been orchestrating planned killings in search of Vedha (Hrithik Roshan), a big shot criminal. When Vedha comes himself and surrenders to Vikram, they engage in a cat and mouse game that questions morality and the past.

Vikram Vedha Review- Analysis

First things first, Vikram Vedha has very little changed from the original 2017 Tamil movie starring Madhavan and Sethupathi. The movie which was a smash hit made eyes turn for its sharp writing, relating every small proceeding into a major plot element with a tight screenplay that followed the story frame to frame, along with very pertinent themes that never left the frame of realism capped with amazing technical elements and brilliant performances. Director duo Pushkar and Gayatri have not changed 98% of the movie approximately when it comes to this on a writing front, resulting in a very similar but equally enthralling experience.

 
Their writing is filled with the same level of clever references to the Vikram Bethaal story and gripping twists and turns that filled the original. Taking out the fact that it has been remade exactly, which definitely is a downside considering it was the easy way to go, for a first-time watch the writing is so tight and invigorating as an edge-of-seat experience. Even having seen the original, the way the writer builds upon itself in a new atmosphere with the same level of intensity is commendable.
 
The screenplay is very good here too, connecting each scene to the next in a nonlinear fashion as the original does. There are more commercial elements employed, such as the Alcoholia song and some of the fights being larger than life, but they don’t obstruct the proceedings. Pushkar and Gayathri have a very clear goal to make a layered action thriller as they did in 2017; and despite issues with freshness and a new spin, ultimately the change in setting and cast accounts for enough as the grip of the writing is such. The fights were done very well with a sense of stylized action and brute force
 
Their direction and narration are good but have definitely been a bit commercialized. The subtlety that the original employs with a few key moments, varying the commercial elements and not spoonfeeding the audience at times, is slightly gone here; there is still ample space for the audience to think but the commercial nature of the stars and the way it’s been executed leaves a bit more of the subtlety to waver away. Nevertheless, the edge-of-seat nature of the movie is one that is definitely memorable on all elements, and that is attributed to the eerie narration and tight direction. The type of slow burn and establishment in the first half with a gradual buildup is hard to keep considering the scale, but the duo have done just that.
 
Performances are very good, with Hrithik headlining his act. He seems to have made a creative choice to make the character more like the demeanour betaal, which works considering his cutout. His expressions, swag, and body language are phenomenal, and his dancing is always a treat. Saif Ali Khan’s look and intensity match Madhavan head to head, and his acting in some emotional scenes is level and done well. Radhika Apte also fits the bill well, but the show stealer is Sharon Hashmi in a wily role for sure. Rohit Saraf and Yogita Bihani are also good.
 
The technical elements deserve a mention. While the songs by Vishal Sekhar are ok, Sam C.S’s BGM is much more involving and energetic in this version, which considerably lights up the first half. Cinematography by PS Vinod is a dream through and through; some of the sets and pieces are awe-worthy, while the editing is smooth. Dialogues are par with the tone.
 
What the movie needed was some subtlety in the proceedings to truly involve the audience as well as some fresh changes, which are dabbled with here and there but never really implemented. While the writing is good, the strength of the Tamil original was involving every character in the story so effectively, and with this one, all the supporting characters don’t get that much space to make their arc barring a few.
 
The first half is very methodically done with establishing the threads and characters as well as running the movie into the flow of things, while the second half ties together the events very well and ends with a blockbuster finish in the climax.
 
Overall, Vikram Vedha takes the original’s scenes and spirit almost exactly to create a very good experience cinematically. For a first-time watch, the Hindi audience should be spellbound, but for fans of the original, it will also remain a good watch.

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