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After postponing the movie several times, Vikram's I has finally made it to the silver screen. Touted to be a technically brilliant movie, I was also one of the most expected Tamil film in recent times. So what has director Shankar come up with after Vijay's Nanban that was released in 2012? Continue reading our review to unlock the answers.
To begin with, I has turned out to be a trend setter as promised. Be it visuals, action sequences, VFX and make-up, all these factors in the movie have surely taken Kollywood to the next level, thanks to outstanding visualization by Shankar and his technicians to bring the director's dream alive on-screen. Having said that, I is a simple story of revenge and that's what makes the film fall flat amidst all that glitz and glamour.
The opening shot depicts a hunchback(Vikram) who kidnaps Diya(Amy Jackson) and locks her up in an isolated place. The movie then narrates the story of Lingesan, played by Vikram, an aspiring body builder who strives to become Mr. Tamil Nadu to subsequently become Mr. India.
When Lingesan gets an opportunity to meet Diya, a famous model he instantly falls for her but doesn't express his love instead he introduces himself to Diya as her fan. Meanwhile, John(Upen Patel) who is Diya's colleague, asks her for sexual favors. When Diya refuses, he blacklists her from the modelling industry by bringing in a new model.
Without any other option, Diya approaches Lingesan and asks him to become a model in an attempt to replace John. Diya along with her superior convinces their boss(Ramkumar) to try a new model for their new product. Lingesan(Lee) becomes an instant attraction in the modelling world but also accumulates unwanted enemies on the way to his stardom.
There is John who is waiting for a vengeance, Ravi(body builder) who is pinned down by Lingesan in a body building competition, a transsexual make up artist whose 'love' is turned down by Lee and his boss who incurs huge loss because of Lee's innocence.
Gradually, Diya too falls for Lee and the two make plans for their future which promises to be ever so colorful. In an interesting twist, things go horribly wrong as all that colour and glitz are forcibly extracted from Vikram's life. But not everything is lost for the antagonist, what he does to regain something similar to his lost dream forms the rest of the movie.
Vikram excels throughout the movie and his years of dedication just to make the movie that much more interesting is apparent. Amy Jackson's performance is amateurish and one might feel that she should've done much more justice to her role, which is very much a part of the movie unlike many other Tamil movies.
Suresh Gopi and Ramkumar's acting skills are utilized well while Upen Patel could've showcased emotions far more realistically for the role demands it.
As disclosed earlier, I is a technically brilliant movie. While all VFX used are executed almost perfectly, Vikram's stunt double used in the cycle fight sequence is a tad too revealing. PC Sreeram's camera work supporting such graphics stands out and has an international appeal to it. AR Rahman's background score will definitely add accolades to his never ending list of awards. His BGM stands out as it converts an usual scene into an interesting one.
T Muthuraj as an art director might receive many awards for I in the near future. Anthony's editing could've been way more crispier. Shankar's screenplay is interesting as it is a new attempt. But he fails to make the first half gripping as the story he has chosen for one of the most expected movie is weak.
Screenplay in the second half gets better but it also makes the audience to easily guess the remaining story. This movie also reminds you of Anniyan when the lead actor executes his punishment(revenge) in an unusual fashion.
For a movie which had so much of anticipation, I doesn't feed its audience enough to fulfill their expectations. The story is plain and doesn't look like a normal Shankar movie which would otherwise have interesting twists and turns.
Take a sneak peek at I's best scenes and Shankar's brilliant picturization by checking out the slides below:
Vikram at his best
I begins from scene one. The hunchback character appears in the very first scene which sets the tone for the rest of the movie.
'Pookale' song is an absolute trend setter. Only Shankar can find such brilliant locations on earth.
World class stunts
All fight sequences in this movie are a major crowd attraction. Watch out for the one when Vikram fights with his hands tied.
Vikram as Mr. Tamilnadu
Vikram's efforts to tone his body is apparent. Watch out for the fight in the gym.
Beauty and the beast
The concept of beauty and the beast is used well in 'Yennodu Nee' song.
Amy as a model
Amy as a model is impressive. Her stunning looks are used well in the movie.
Highlight of the movie
Amy, after seeing Vikram in his ugliest form, thinks he is a beggar. This reaction from Vikram is one of the highlight of I.
Amy realizing her love
This scene is very important from the movie's perspective as Amy realizes her love for Vikram.
Unique style of seeking revenge
This is where it all begins. Vikram's unique style of seeking revenge is much more than a mere torture. It is even worse than death.
Upen Patel's role
Upen Patel plays Amy's egoistic colleague. Ultimately, he becomes the reason for pulling Vikram into the world of modelling.
'Aila Aila' all the way
'Aila Aila' song reminds us of Indian's 'Thada' song. But it is way more colourful and visually satisfying.
Vikram as a model
Vikram impresses while playing the role of an amateur model. His Chennai slang too is nothing short of perfect.
Vikram's dedication to make the hunchback character look as real as it can get is mind blowing.
Vikram's different avatars
The I man has transformed himself from a body builder to a model to a hunchback to a beast in the movie.
Amy's captivating beauty
Amy has managed to impress everyone with her looks.
PC Sreeram's brilliance
PC Sreeram is all set to strike a gold with his impressive camera work in I.
'Merisalaayiten' song is one of its kind. Who else can come up with such a new concept other than Shankar?
China's beauty unravelled
China's most exotic locations are exhibited in this movie.
I is not just for Tamil audience. The movie has been released in other languages like Telugu and Hindi.
I has been getting a good response with houseful shows in several parts of the country (especially Southern regions).