‘Thala’ Ajith who is one of the top actors in Tamil cinema, has completed 25 years in the industry. Despite having delivered a number of blockbusters and super hits in his career and having a very big fan base among the youngsters, he did not have a great fan base among kids and family audience unlike Rajini or Vijay. ‘Veeram’ & ‘Vedalam’ films which were directed by Siva, changed it to an extent for Ajith. Even though both the films were flawful and primarily targeted at satisfying the actor’s die-hard fans, these films took Ajith close to kids with commercial elements like ‘Aalumaa Dolumaa’ song and the ‘Therikka Vidalamaa’ lines. May be, that is the reason why Ajith has done a third consecutive film with Director Siva. ‘Vivegam’ bankrolled by ‘Sathya Jyothi Films’ has been shot extensively in European countries, which is the costliest ever film in Ajith’s career till date.
The story of ‘Vivegam’ is easily predictable (at-least to an extent) for any movie buff, by watching the film’s trailer or teaser itself. Ajay Kumar, an Interpol Officer tries to stop the explosion of a Plutonium Weapon which could bring heavy damages to several parts of the world. What are all the issues that Ajay Kumar faces and how does he succeed in his mission forms the crux. Even though this is a spy thriller film, Director Siva has delivered it in his own style. After portraying Ajith as a Village guy in ‘Veeram’ and a local goon in ‘Vedalam’ differing a lot from his regular appearance and body language, Siva has tried to show us Ajith in a new avatar as an Interpol officer in ‘Vivegam’. He has tried to give a film for Ajith fans by which he could make them whistle for every scene by adding commercial stuffs like Bike Chase, lots of stunt sequences and a lot of punch dialogues which in turn has become overcooked.
The film which begins with a very good introduction scene of Ajith, falters in the following 15 minutes. Except those 15 minutes, the whole first half was completely engrossing with no boring scenes. The screenplay of this film had many improvements (in terms of writing) in comparison to the director’s previous two films ‘Veeram’ & ‘Vedalam’.
The efforts that Siva has taken to present even minute things in the first half with so much of detailing and authenticity is evidently seen. Siva’s style of making also looks improved, comparing his previous films. Be it the action scenes or cinematography or art direction, everything has been executed appreciably. Even the scenes involving Kajal Agarwal has also been weaved perfectly into the story. The first half moves in an accurate pace with no deviations anywhere or any scenes out of the script. Contrast to this, the second half was mostly yawnful. The film which was quite engaging until the scene where AK saves Yazhini, began to move undetermined in the last 45 minutes. The film leaves us unamused where the hero who keeps on speaking about ‘Betrayal’, speaking only regarding technical things such as controlling the Satellite and disabling the Power Hubs, and even the Villains are seen uttering dialogues praising the heroes. The clichéd climax that we had seen in hundreds of Tamil films and the placement of ‘Veriyera’ song also has been a very big minus point.
The biggest plus point of ‘Vivegam’ is Ajith and his commanding screen presence! He has carried the whole film on his shoulders solely like an ‘One man army’. The hardwork that he has put to lose wight to look fit in this role and his efforts seen in ‘Thalai Viduthalai’ song are just admirable. Ajith’s fans might whistle and applause continuously for scenes such as where AK screams ‘Varenmaa’ to Yazhini over phone, AK thrashing the accused and asking ‘Sugar Irukkaa’ casually, the scene where AK challenges Aryan speaks over phone and for dialogues such as ‘Bayathukku Baashai Thevaiyilla’. Ajith looks simply awesome in this fit look; he would look much more handsome if he says goodbye to his ‘Salt and Pepper’ look. Even some of the ‘gravity defying stunts’ in the film looked believable, thanks to Ajith’s body fitness. The chartbuster songs and the thumping background score by Anirudh has been like the second hero of the film. Vettri’s spectacular work in cinematography is highly commendable; in some of the fight scenes in the film, the cinematographer must have gone through at least half of all pains that the hero did.
Starting from the initial scene where the hero shoots a Helicopter with a hand gun till the scenes where the hero escapes from the eyes and surveillance of all International Secret Agencies, there are countless logical lags all through the film. Also, we could not help laughing while seeing the hero speaking a lengthy punch dialogue in Tamil to the armed force around him with laser guns and helicopters (why is he even doing that?). Director Siva who had invested a lot of time for the glossy making and for sharpening the first half’s screenplay could have given some more attention for the second half too, which could have made ‘Vivegam’ a good entertainer.
Despite these minuses, ‘Vivegam’ is worth a watch for its racy first half, Ajith’s amazing screen presence and the technicalities!