It's been a long time since we have seen Vikram playing a cool dude trying his hands at commercial elements. For those Vikram fans who wanted to see him as a mass hero once again, comes 'Rajapattai'.
As a wannabe on-screen villain, Vikram sizzles. He is in his prime form playing the role with consummate ease. Be it stunts, romance or humour, the vintage Vikram is back to entertain one and all.
The movie has a wafer-thin storyline. The events are quite predictable, but the sheer screen presence of Vikram makes it count.
The director in Suseenthiran has taken a commercial avatar and has vouched not to override the grammar of commercial cinema. He has ensured that there is a mix of naach-gaana, stunts, punch lines and of course romance.
Anal Murugan (Vikram) is a gym boy who wants to become a big villain in cinema. Life takes a turn after he meets Dakshina Moorthy (Vishwanath), a senior citizen. He is on the road running for his life as his son Chidambaram (Avinash) is behind him for a piece of land where an orphanage is being run by Dakshinamurthy.
Chidambaram has big plans. He wants to give away the land to Sana (Ranganayaki), a State Minister and a land mafia and thereby enter politics. Now the cudgels fall on Anal Murugan to save the old man and the land.
Things become murkier as Vapa aka Abdul Kadhir (Pradeep Rawath), a dreaded don in the guise of noble man enters. Murugan now wages a battle between the corrupt Minister and Vapa. He starts using his brain to outwit them. In between there is a romantic escapade between Murugan and Dharshini (Deeksha Seth).
It is Vikram's show all the way. He sizzles in various get-ups. He flexes his muscles and oozes romance in songs with Deeksha. A versatile actor, he puts in the same sincere effort for doing a commercial subject quite like his recent films like 'Ravaanan' or 'Deiva Thirumagal'.
Deeksha Seeth, the tall and beautiful actress is a welcome addition to Tamil cinema. She is a typical Kollywood heroine appearing and disappearing at frequent intervals.
Three cheers to veteran Vishwanath who leaves his presence with a delightful performance. He can rightfully be called as the surprise element in the film, Suseenthiran has etched his character beautifully and it will definitely make audience want such a grandfather too. Sana, the newcomer plays a corrupt Minister. She fits the bill well. Pradeep Rawath makes a cameo while the likes of Avinash, Thambi Ramaiah form part of the project.
Madhie's cinematography is a major plus. The soft tones he used to capture the sequences make it an interesting watch. Yuvan Shankar Raja's background score is apt. The use of live drums in a couple of songs sequences sounds good.
Suseenthiran and Vikram are clear about their priorities. They wanted to do an out-and-out commercial masala. They manage to dish out one well thanks to producers PVP Cinemas.
If you want sheer entertainment for over couple of hours, 'Rajapattai' is the preferred destination.