During the pre-Intermission scene when one of the antagonist Stabs Rayappan, Bigil gets down from the train to save his father and you see his football hitting the ground in the background, symbolically showing how one scenario turned the entire life of Bigil upside down.
This one scene stuck in my head because the rest of the movie is all about how to get back on track once you fall on the ground, this is applicable for almost all the characters in the film be it Bigil or his Coach frend or Bigil’s Super-girl football team or the Antagonist’s son who is always trying to kill Bigil, everyone’s life turned upside down with that one situation and everyone is trying to deal with it in their own way until they found some purpose in their lives in form of a football team.
The movie starts off well with usual Vijay-Atlee style Intro scene followed by a fight, followed by a Dance number but soon it begins to feel like Atlee may not have anything new to offer this time around as the scenes which comes on screen does not impress, and the love track between Vijay and Nayantara is half baked and feels like a filler, until Rayappan’s character is introduced.
Rayappan (Played by Vijay Again) is father of Bigil, a Rowdy who doesn’t want his kid or any kids in his controlled premise to choose the path which he is in, and he can’t leave that path because he crossed that line of no return already. This point though has not been elaborated in the movie but well established in couple of scenes between Rayappan and Bigil.
From the introduction of Rayappan’s character the movie’s pace goes little faster but ends up leaving somewhat unsatisfied feeling during intermission.
Atlee brought his A game in the second half of the movie, though the football matches feels like rehash of Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak de India, though all the beats are similar to any standard sports movie, what works big time in the second half is its emotions, the stories around individual Women characters of the football team.
Particularly couple of scenes where Vijay and Nayantara goes to bring their key players back in to the team from their homes, and realize the hardships of a woman who has to go through so much before they even think of dreaming for themselves.
What Atlee managed to do here is, almost seamlessly mixing the stardom of Vijay with the Women empowerment story that too without missing the mass elements to keep the core fans happy. Full marks to him for that.
Coming to the performances unfortunately you can’t see anyone but Vijay in the movie, he is literally in every scene leading from the front. What is unlikeable here is though Atlee managed to give couple of girls their back stories but he didn’t give any scope for them to perform, even in few key scenes its vijay who intervenes and sometimes shines.
Jackie Shroff as the main antagonist was just ok, we have seen him do the same character N number of times now. Nayantara didn’t had much to do either, rest of the characters did ok job in supporting vijay.
AR Rahman’s Verrithanam and Singapenny was good, BGM was Bad.
Cinematography by G.K. Vishnu is Nice, especially in Rayappan’s story.
Don’t you think this interval concept in Indian Cinema Is actually ruining the story telling of directors? When the actual story starts from the pre intermission point in most of the southern movies especially, just to fill the space in first half they had to come up with these half-baked love stories, ridiculous comedy tracks n fillers sometimes which serves no purpose to the story whatsoever. Hope this changes in near future.