Starring: Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shradha Srinath, Kathir and many more
Editing : Richard Kevin
Music: CS Sam
Cinematography: PS Vinod
Directed by: Pushkar – Gayathri
The husband and wife duo Pushkar and Gayathri have given ‘Oram Po’ and ‘Va Quarter Cutting’ which may not have had universal appeal, but they made their distinct mark by ushering in new genres to Tamil cinema. They took huge time for their third outing and thus we can believe this will be another different attempt from them.
The plot is loosely based on King Vikramaditya and his quest to best the Vedhalam. Encounter specialist Vikram (Madhavan) is hot on the heels of a dreaded gangster Vedha (Vijay Sethupathi) who literally walks into his hands a couple of times only to pose a puzzle and then escape from his clutches. What the cop decipher from Vedha’s stories or puzzles forms the crux of the multi layered story which culminate into an extremely satisfying climax that stamps the theme the makers set out to convey.
Vikram Vedha is not just yet another offbeat artistic movie with award-winning performances alone, things are executed in such a way to entertain mainstream audiences, especially the highly engaging climax with an unexpected twist and lethal combo. The film questions the criminal justice system of the country and its dubious methods that are vulnerable to corruption and manipulation. The black-and-white metaphor, used extensively throughout the film and even in the theme song, explores the space between good and bad. Every character has shades of grey and it would be impossible to imagine who could be good or bad. Even the costumes are predominantly black and white. Even in terms of shot compositions, in every frame of the film, you’ll find white as well as black space.
The performances of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi come as a bonus to some terrific writing. It’s a joy to watch them lock horns and they make you root for both of them. While Madhavan is good, Vijay is unarguably the best thing to have happened to the film. The reverse chronology screenplay and attention to the minutest detail by Pushkar and Gayathri keeps the audience guessing till the very end until the killer payoff at the climax. Cinematographer Vinod, music director Sam and editor Richard Kevin have combined beautifully to bring Pushkar Gayathri’s vision on celluloid. It’s been a long time since a writer director has set out to make a movie with a deep-rooted theme and conveyed it without a glitch and the husband and wife deserve the crown. Overall, Vikram Vedha is a brilliantly written intense crime drama, which shouldn’t be missed..!! 🙂