Critic's Rating: 17/5
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Vikram, Amy, Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel, Santhanam
I is infinite love, I is intolerable pain, I is intelligent revenge, I is ugly truth and above all I is a result of impeccable dedication of Chiyaan Vikram. If there is one good reason to watch I then it is for Vikram. He is charming and charismatic. His, sheer hard work, screen presence and terrific acting is incomparable. Here?s a movie star who actually looks like he could pull off those action scenes for real.
The plot of I is wafer-thin. A top shot model Diya (Amy Jackson) falls in love with Mr Tamil Nadu Lingesan (Vikram), and together they become the most wanted model pair in the country. When Lingesan rejects an advertisement of a wealthy businessman (Ramkumar), who gave him the big break into ad world, he plans revenge against him. Now, he is joined by a greedy model (Upen Patel), lusty doctor (Suresh Gopi) and a transgender stylist who are out to cause massive damage to Lingesan?s life which is worse than death. The rest of the story tells us how Lingesan takes revenge against these powerful people in the society.
To be honest, I is definitely not the best of Shankar and he has to take the blame for poor writing. His story is predictable and there are no twists or scenes which keeps you engaged. Barring few eye-popping stunt scenes, a slew of beautiful unseen locations, breathtaking camera by PC Sreeram and few hummable songs by AR Rahman, I is very ordinary!
We are all used to Shankar movies with witty, hard-hitting dialogues but this one is not up to the mark. It won?t be an exaggeration to say that late Sujatha is badly missed. The only laughs in this film ? few and far between ? are provided by Santhanam.
With so much going on, it?s no surprise that the film feels inordinately long, as it unfolds leisurely at 3 hours and 9 minutes! Villains in all Shankar movies are cold-blooded, intelligent and definitely not stereotypes but in I all we see are a bunch of loud, over-the-top clich?d caricatures (Ram Kumar, Upen Patel, Suresh Gopi and two new faces). Vikram sinks his teeth into the role of Lingesan. He has lived the role of a body builder turned flamboyant model to a deformed hunch-back. The biggest surprise packet in the film is Amy Jackson who is perfect eye candy.
Overall, I is definitely not the best of Shankar, but still it is a one-time watch.