“Mersal” marks the second outing of Atlee-Vijay after the critically acclaimed “Theri”. This time around the combination becomes even grander with the addition of A.R Rahman. With great production value and star-filled cast and crew, the expectation level for this one was rocket high. But we have seen great combos fail terribly in the recent years. But how has Mersal fared? Does it stand out? Read on to know.
Mersal is just another movie with mass hero worship. But its not just about that. It comes with a strong message – “Free treatment for the sick” and also brings to light the various “treatment tricks” that “Bad” doctors use to make money out of a service that actually should be purely humanitarian based. Let me put this straight. We have seen these kinds of scenes in a lot of movies. You can see “Shankar” Touch in a lot of scenes (Atlee’s Guru’s Influence). But what makes it stand out here is the treatment. You’ve got the subtle yet horrific villain SJ Suryah. He adds an entirely new meaning to the category of villains. To be frank, I liked his acting in “Spyder” more than this because of the standard he set to himself in his previous outing. But nonetheless, it is good here.
Vijay holds the movie strong with his terrific (theri-fic) performance. The three characters played by him are great, but the father one deserves special mention. Be it action, dialogue delivery, dance or emotion, Vijay excels in each and every department. There are three heroines, but Nithya Menen stands out tall from the rest with her beautiful charm and natural acting. Samantha and Kajal Agarwal, do their part well, but the movie would have been better off with just Nithya Menen. Sathyaraj plays his role well but I would have loved to see him in many strong situations. It is good to see Vadivelu back in his slang and comic timers. Kaali Venkat with his natural performance deserves appreciation.
The BGM is great and it is even great to see ARR leave certain scenes with no background score at all and that has surely paid off. “Aalaporan Thamizhan” is awesomely picturized and well placed. The cinematography is simply awesome and being it the work of a debutant, GK Vishnu is surely going heights. Ruben handling the editing department does his scissoring part well.
There are no big complaints on this movie. But there are things that could have been better. The first 40 minutes of the movie seems a bit unconnected. You see the “Magician” Vijay’s fight sequence just ending abruptly. And songs placed in quick succession and when a song comes after a pretty good set up, it kind of plays spoilsport. The magic tricks at times feel overdosed. Using an iPad in a fight sequence to throw balls at the baddies, disappearing all of a sudden from nowhere and there are few other instances which could have been better dealt with. But as an overall package, this movie never fails to entertain.
A Feel Good Mass Entertainer uplifted by Great Technicians and “Thalapathy” Vijay!