|Release date : Jan 14, 2015
|123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
|Director : Shankar
|Producer : V. Ravichandran
|Music Director : A.R.Rahman
|Starring: Vikram, Amy Jackson
Shankar is one film maker in India whose films are eagerly awaited all over. His latest presentation is ‘I’ which has the National Award winning actor Vikram in a lead role. After all the hype and hysteria, this film has finally hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Lingesh(Vikram) is an upcoming body builder who is deeply and madly in love with an actress named Diya(Amy Jackson). One fine day, Diya approaches him to act in an Ad film with her. She gives him the necessary make over, and in the process of the shoot, the couple fall in love with each other.
Twist in the tale arises when Diya’s professional enemies run down a deadly virus into Lingesh’s body which turns his life upside down. Rest of the story is as to how an diseased Lingesh takes revenge on those who made his life a living hell.
Vikram is undoubtedly one of the biggest assets of the film. The efforts that he has put in for his role are clearly visible on screen. He is outstanding as a body builder, and pushes the edge with his appearance and acting as the hunchback guy. The way he has showcased pain and grief even with his heavy make up is just wonderful.
Amy Jackson is apt in her role and looks gorgeous. Visuals are top notch and the entire credit should definitely go to Shankar for thinking something different and in a grand scale. All the songs have been shot well and production values are superb.
Make up done for Vikram is of international standard and elevates his character to another level. While the first half has decent entertainment, the second half is serious and emotional. Upen Patel does well in his negative role, and so are Santhanam and Suresh Gopi.
Too much of hype and expectations spoil the outcome of this film. Shankar has raised the bar so high with his previous films but sadly, I fails to meet those expectations. No where in the film you get a feel that it is a Shankar film. He adds unnecessary elements and drags the film in many places.
Last fifteen minutes of the first half are below par, and the love story showcased during this part is quite boring. The film moves back and forth in time, and the screenplay takes a severe beating here. May be for the first time in his career, Shankar has misplaced songs in the narrative.
Yet another major drawback is the excessive length of the film. A lot of scenes and fights could have easily been trimmed. Once the twist is revealed in the second half, the movie gets predictable.
‘I’ is a brilliant film technically. A R Rahman’s music is good and so is the background score. As said earlier, the make up and prosthetics used for Vikram’s character are mind blowing. P C Sreeram’s camerawork is stunning and gives the film an international look. All the episodes that are shot in China have been shot beautifully.
The sets designed and scale of the movie is surely up to Shankar’s standard. Telugu dubbing is decent and so are the dialogues. Screenplay by Shanakar lacks focus in many areas as you do not get attached to film emotionally. The way Vikram’s character goes about taking revenge on his enemies in the first half have been hurried up and is unclear.
On the whole, ‘I’ is surely Shankar’s weakest film till date. Excessive length, weak story and lack of emotional connect are basic drawbacks. But keeping the festival season in mind, Shankar’s grand visuals added with Vikram and Amy Jackson’s mind blowing performance, this film can be given a shot. Only thing you need to do is go in without any expectations whatsoever.
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team