Review | Fahadh Faasil steals the show in ‘Vikram’

Vikram’ is a reasonably good film that has a generous serving of action sequences and the unmistakable signature of director Lokesh Kanakaraj on it.

The story starts with a series of killings. A group of trained masked men, who claim to be fighting against the system, kill three people one after the other. The first of those killed is Prabhanjan (Kalidas Jayaram), a police officer actively involved in the seizure of a huge quantity of raw material required to prepare cocaine.

The next is a person identified as Stephen Raj (Hareesh Peradi) and the third is Karnan (Kamal Haasan), who is believed to be the adopted father of Prabhanjan.

The killings don’t look like stopping any time soon, leaving the police chief (Chemban Vinod Jose) worried. He chooses to bring in a specialized Black Ops team led by Amar (Fahadh Faasil) to track and eliminate the gang of masked murderers.

The film works as an action entertainer but doesn’t leave you impressed or awe-struck. That is a tad disappointing, considering that it has so many heavy-duty performers such as Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil, and Vijay Sethupathi, and expectations from the film were quite high.

One other aspect of the film that does not work in its favor is the narration. The manner in which the story is narrated in the first half makes it difficult for audiences to follow the plot. It is not that the sequences don’t add up. They do. It is just that the audiences have to make a conscious and determined effort to keep all the details of the plot in mind if they wish to follow the story.

On the positive side, the film has some spectacular performances coming from its lead artists. But it is Fahadh Faasil as the Black Ops team lead Amar who steals the show. Sharp, smart and swift, Fahadh manages to hog all the attention, despite sharing screen space with some of the most powerful performers in the film industry. (IANS)

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