When a project has Chiyaan Vikram in its cast list, the perception around it takes on a different color. And director Anand Shankar’s second directorial Iru Mugan is no exception either. To top it, we have two Vikrams who are vying for our attention in the aptly titled film.
A trailer is something that gives the audience a sneak peek of what to expect and also kindle the curiosity levels to make them buy the tickets and go to the theatre. Going by that, the trailer gave an inkling of how Iru Mugan is going to be.
Director Anand Shankar has attempted to give an action oriented espionage thriller with some scientific innovations thrown in. There are high flung chemical formulae mouthed by the characters with references to Hitler too. Looks like the team had done their research on it fine.
Iru Mugan Review and Ratings
Well crafted action sequences, stylishly shot visuals, decent music and neat performances mark Iru Mugan. However, there is something amiss in the film to make you feel that it was such a well made, taut, commercial potboiler.
What can one say about Vikram? He gives his life and soul to any character that he essays and in Iru Mugan too, it is his show all the way. As the RAW officer Akilan, he brings out the ruthlessness and sharpness of an intelligence officer and as Love, he rocks it big time. He blends in the masculinity and also the effeminate nature of the character pretty well. It sure is a tightrope walking and kudos to the director for not making a mockery of such characters. But, why is this character this way? Was it just to bring in quirkiness?
Nayanthara looks like a million bucks and is a definite highlight of the film. What is surprising, though, is that a fine actress like Nithya Menen has hardly anything to do in the film. The comedy scenes of Thambi Ramaiah are forced on you, while Nasser makes his presence as RAW chief. The characters of Rithvika (she has a crucial role in Kabali she had a crucial role) and Karunakaran are a letdown.
Technically, the film is slick with great camerawork by RD Rajasekhar in exotic locales of Malaysia. The action scenes by Ravi Varma and Anbu are superbly choreographed and stunning. Harris Jayaraj makes a comeback as a music director, especially with the song ‘Halena’. Bhuvan Sreenivasan’s editing makes Iru Mugan racy, though film is almost 150 minutes.
On the downside, it looks like the script was written by googling information, as the director has spent a lot of screen time trying to tell audiences what chemical warfare is and how Hitler used the nerve gas in history.
In an investigative action thriller such as this, scenes must proceed at a rapid pace. But there are moments when we leave the happenings on screen and wander around. The team should have focused more on the story and screenplay, which could have resulted in a better product. The intended twists are well guessable by the current audience. There are a few logical questions which look unanswered in the story.