Gangster flick with a message
Chiyaan’ Vikram has had a rollercoaster of a career ever since he made his return to mainstream cinema with Tamil hit ‘Sethu’, remade into many languages nearly two decades ago. If he was a frontrunner in the first decade of the new millennium, his films gradually dropped at the box office in the second, as fellow heroes in his hometown overtook him both at home and elsewhere.
Like Ravi Teja, he too has had a delayed run of success and is pushing 50+ as far as his age goes. Yet, he shows the same kind of high energy levels that his Telugu counterpart has, even as the heroines whom he romances are a good two decades and more younger!
‘Sketch’, a Pongal release in Tamil Nadu did not make it to the top of the heap with other films managing a better recall value among the audience. Backed by ‘ Kalaipuli’ S Thanu and Suresh Productions, it has made a bold entry into the Telugu territory, six weeks after its original version came out.
The climax, where the message is embedded, is a surprise but given the hints the proceedings throw up at the viewer, it is not entirely new. The sad, one-way street life of these misdirected youth who get sucked by a life of power and paisa to sacrifice all that they have is evident. Vikram looks haggard despite a bushy beard and the age gap with the svelte Tamannah shows all too clearly.
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