Generally, the term well-crafted film is used to describe a film that has been made well, but with Vikram Vedha, it applies to not just the filmmaking, but the script, too. Directors Pushkar and Gayatri have borrowed the conceit of King Vikramadityan and the Vedhalam, and constructed an elaborate puzzle, setting their story in the cops and gangsters genre.
Some might find this structure of Vikram Vedha tiresome, and it is, in fact, one of the reasons why the film seems laidback. But it is with the climax that we realise what the directors were going for all along — a playful action film with more intrigue and less intensity.
The film keeps pushing us to judge its characters, judge someone by their actions, judge someone by their upbringing and in the process proves how wrong we could be in our assumptions. Pushkar-Gayatri borrow the narrative structure from popular folklore Vikram Betaal, and use it very effectively to make Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi lock horns.
The performances of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi come as a bonus to some terrific writing.
Technically the film is very sound; PS Vinod’s camera and his lighting creates the tension and mood, along with great music and background score by Sam CS. On the downside, the film could have been crisper, and the story never explains why the cop is obsessed with the gangster and why he always gives him a patient hearing?
On the whole, Vikram Vedha is well made film that’s intelligent and at the same time entertaining.
This is for all those who do not know about the Vikramaditya-Vedhal stories. In these tales, Vedhalam is being carried by King Vikramaditya and the former narrates a story to the latter and upon its culmination, a tricky question is put forth to the king.
Technically also, Vikram Vedha scores its brownie points. Sam CS’s tracks are a winner all the way and his BGM is at a different level in every scene.