After facing several hurdles,finally came Vijay’s Mersal on Deepavali day.
Riding high on Vijay’s stardom, the movie celebrates the actor and he does what he does the best – playing to the gallery.
From demonetisation, racism, to his entry to politics, the movie has everything a die-hard fan of Vijay would want.
As the plot unravels, there is so much happening on screen that one is engrossed, not with the story but with all the distracting elements.
The plot is not new, but the premise is. After the reveal prior to the interval, there is no surprise in terms of the story.
Interestingly director Atlee has mashed up the mass scenes from some of earlier Tamil blockbusters. The story has striking resemblance to Kamal Haasan’s Aboorva Sagodharargal and MGR’s Kudiyirundha Koi.
A revenge drama, but Atlee has made some minuscule changes in the form of screenplay. Thankfully Vijay’s screen presence compensates.
The director, who passed out from director Shankar’s school, seems to walked his mentor’s way. His influence could be seen in several scenes.
Mersal is about two sons who come together to take revenge on those behind the killing of their parents. Add to it a crusade by one of the protagonists against medical mafia.
Punchlines and some action scenes besides colourful song sequences make up the rest. Credits to Vijay for he shoulders the major burden in his typical style.
More a political statement for nearly two and half hours, the movie features Vijay in triple roles. A father and his two sons.
The father prides about Tamil race and culture, the sons about equality and questions the rationale behind keeping liquor off the GST list, the obsessions with digital payments, and the freebie culture in Tamilnadu.
There are references of former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran in crucial scenes.
As it happens, there is Daniel (S J Suryah), a greedy doctor who kills father Vetrimaran aka Thalapthy. His sons Vettri (Vijay), a magician and Maran (doctor) now plan ways and means to bump off Daniel.
Meanwhile there is Kajal Agarwal and Samantha who appear and disappear fast, while Nithya Menen hogs a better screen space. Vadivelu connects past and present in the lives of Vettri and Maran, while Sathyaraj hardly has anything to do on screen. Music by A R Rahman is movie’s strength. The songs Aalaporan Thamizhan is celebrated by Vijay fans, while G K Vishnu’s camera is bright and beautiful.
The second half is lengthy and the climax stunt scenes remind one of MGR films. Despite all, Mersal makes an entertaining watch thanks to Vijay.