Vikram Vedha has taken its inspiration from the fairytales of ‘Vikramadithyan and Vedhalam’, which is not at all a new piece of information. Opening credits started rolling in tandem with the animated version of the fairy tale, could really give you an insight to how the movie would be going to take its shape. Well, we don’t want to give spoiler alerts by running through the parallels between these two plots.
Vikram (Madhavan), a fearless police officer with a great track record indeed, is planning to put an end to the saga of deadly criminal Vedha (Vijay Sethupathi); making some definite plans to entrap the latter. Soon you would see Vedha entering the police station, defying all those adverse conditions, and wearing an unrefined smile on his face. Now, we have both the antagonist and protagonist (you have to decide, which one deserves which title) uncoiling each other’s inner self. It won’t be surprising if you see Vedha teaching Vikram some new lessons; perhaps, the former is backed with a diverse life experience. Sometimes, you would get to see some unusual perspectives being given to the happenings, which otherwise, might not even bother you.
In a sense, ‘Vikram Vedha’ is a battle between – its two characters, right and wrong, and ideologies contradicting each other. In between, a whole lot of characters come and go; but they do deserve to be mentioned, regardless of their screen space. Vikram’s wife Priya (Shraddha Srinath), who indeed is the lawyer of Vedha; Vedha’s brother Puli (Kathir), and girlfriend Chandra (Varalaxmi); Vedha’s major opponent in gang war, Chetta (Hareesh Peradi); SP Surendar (Achyutha Kumar). Bear in mind that all these names does make a definite contribution towards building the castle called Vikram Vedha.
How would you differentiate the performances of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi? It is not easy to pick one from these two characters, both having entirely different shades of both goodness and badness. But, there are some sparkling moments when both outdo each other. The kind of personal bond, which you made with their characters, would help you to pick a personal favorite for you. Anyway, director duo Pushkar – Gayatri, allowed the characters to afloat, though the script did ensure a tight grip over them at any given moment. Their narration paints the characters in multidimensional modes. It can’t be denied that the story failed to manage the momentum throughout, they did cover this up with the technical side. Be it cinematographer PS Vinod, or that of the music department headed by Sam CS, Vikram Vedha owes them a lot.