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Sketch review: "Masala entertainment" still rules the roost?

Vikram has chosen a safe formulaic mass movie for this Pongal

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Friday 12 January 2018

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Movie Title

Sketch

Director

Vijay Chander

Star Cast

Vikram, Tamannaah, Harish Paeredi, Babu Raj, RK Suresh

Vikram has chosen a safe formulaic mass movie for this Pongal. Sketch proves once again that "masala entertainers" with the same old story remains the staple diet of entertainment for Tamil audiences at large.

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Jiiva aka Sketch (Vikram) is a right hand to local financier Sait (Harish Peradi), who offers loan for bikes and cars. If anyone fails to pay back the due amount, Sketch's job to seize the vehicle. Things go well, until Sait challenges Sketch to seize an old Fiat car of a gangster Kumar(Babu Raj), who consider it as his precious possession in memory of his dad. Now Kumar sketches a plan to kill Sketch and his close friends but the wounded tiger pounces back at the end only to know the 'real' faces behind all the murders!

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The role or the plot is not challenging for a fine actor like Vikram, but he's earnest and energetic as usual. The actor looks matured and its high time he decided not to play the happy-go-lucky youngster in future. Director Vijay Chander has used the same old story and screenplay in the first half so nothing extraordinary here. Sketch actually gets interesting only with the interval chasing sequence. Post intermission, the pace of the film falls and raises like a sinusoidal wave.

Tamannaah has been only used for songs and she adds that 'homely' flavour to the film. RK Suresh has been underutilized and the main antagonist Babu Raj is not a great choice. Thaman's album is rightly mixed with equal number of peppy and melody tracks, he also elevated the action sequences with his pulsating score. Cinematographer Sukumar provided visuals required for a mass film. The climax and interval action sequences are the film's major highlights, so kudos to the stunt director.

Overall, Sketch is an average commercial entertainer ideal for mass audiences and hard core Vikram fans. Let’s face it, Taman's score, and the sincerity that Vikram brings to the film are its only strengths.

Sketch review- Verdict: Average

Reactions from Social Media:
Ramesh Bala @rameshlaus

#Sketch : It's #ChiyaanVikram show all the way.. His swag and Mass lift the movie.. A North Chennai revenge story.. @tamannaahspeaks looks gorgeous and has a decent role.. @MusicThaman BGM and songs r good.. Watch it for #Chiyaan

Giantsfan @GiantsfanA1
#Sketch watchable entertainer, works in 2nd half with a good climatic twist.

Sujith @iSujith_
#Sketch A template yet interesting commercial entertainer totally owned by #Chiyaan #Vikram. Action blocks, BGM Ends on a high. Good.

rajesh @Rajuviki
#Sketch is a one man show of Chiyaan Vikram. His attitude and Screen presence with Thaman's Bgm therichified

Suresh kenny @sureshmylapore
#Sketch A Good commercial entertainer with terrific climax & Awesome BGM from @MusicThaman . Last but not least our #Chiyaan sir s on that swag & style Just imagine #Sammysquare & #Dhurvanatchathiram Just bring it on baby 2018

Haricharan Pudipeddi @pudiharicharan
Riding solely on #Vikram's earnest performance, #Sketch is a passable commercial entertainer. Offers nothing more, nothing less.

meyyappan @meyyappanram
#sketch starts slow and picks up later. Pre interval portion semma. #chiyaan carries the film in his shoulders.

Shanthnu Buddy @imKBRshanthnu
#SketchwithVikram Can’t wait to watch #ChiyaanVikram on screen ! Best wishes to dir #VijayChander @MusicThaman @tamannaahspeaks ! This Pongal looks massive #Sketch

Charming JananI @jananioffl
#Sketch Good first half lets bring it on a #Chiyaan sir all the way so happy to c him such a relaxing role with loads of mass scenes First half - 3.75/5

Manobala Vijayabalan @ManobalaV
#Sketch 1st half: - Gang wars and vehicle Seizing. - #ChiyanVikram's mass presence moves it. - @tamannaahspeaks looks good. - @musicThaman BGM stands out. - Interval block is nice.