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Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 Hours 47 Minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Hema Rukmani, Murali Ramaswamy, Thenandal Studio Limited Cast: Abdool, Hareesh Peradi, Kajal Agarwal, Misha Ghoshal, Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Nithya Menen, Samantha, Sathyaraj, SJ Suryah, Vadivelu, Vijay, Yogi Babu Direction: Atlee Screenplay: Atlee, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, Ramana Giri Vaasan Story: Atlee, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Music: A.R.Rahman Background score: A.R.Rahman Cinematography: G.K.Vishnu Dialogues: Atlee, Ramana Giri Vaasan Editing: Ruben Art direction: Muthuraj Stunt choreography: Anl Arasu Dance choreography: M Sheriff, Prem Rakshith, Shobi Singers: A.R.Rahman, Deepak, Kailash Kher, Naresh Iyer, Pooja AV, Sathya Prakash, Sharanya Srinivas, Shreya Ghoshal, Shweta Mohan, Sid Sriram, Vishwaprasad Lyrics: Vivekh Subtitle: Rekhs PRO: Glamour Sathya, Riaz, Vijayamuralee Distribution: Thenandal Studio Limited

2017 has not been a year for mass commercial films thus far; in fact, we have had very few releases that belong to pleasing the crowd genre, and most of them did not satisfy the expectations of the public. Yeah we had Baahubali 2 but nothing before that or since then. Will the fortune for commercial action film lovers change? Will Mersal sweep the audience off their feet or at least end up as a watchable entertainer for the festival? It sure looks to have all the potential but to know in which league it falls in, glance down to know:


Thenandal Studio Limited has put up a fabulous team together that features names like Vijay, AR Rahman, Atlee and Vijayendra Prasad in the mix of some young, vibrant talents like GK Vishnu and Ruben. And the list has not even started; it has an extravagant cast list and technical troupe. Probably one of the finest squad that one could dream off. But having said that, all these names in the paper become immaterial when the product fails to connect with the people. Thankfully Mersal doesn’t become one of those films that are only high on technical values.


Atlee seems to be a person with great taste. More than the story, the screenplay of Mersal, it is the packaging that impresses the most. Few scenes are terrifying and slightly on the gory side which justifies the U/A certificate issued for the film. There is so much of flesh and blood exposed since it deals about medical scam but one might feel the director could have toned it down.


Mersal has all the right ingredients in the right amount: a smart script, a likable hero who never seems to age, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action. Isn’t that the kind of mix a commoner expects from a big hero festive film?


Mersal has a larger than life plot, triple role moments that you find only in films, and some superficial scenes; but when you see Vijay in the middle of all these, it is all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and settle back for fun. Because when he is in action, you don’t think much about logic.


Mersal has its moments, but if you remove Vijay’s charisma, the movie becomes very predictable. 


Playing triple roles is like acting in three different movies. What is more even challenging for Vijay here is, he plays three characters that he has never tried before. A socially responsible villager, a doctor and a magician; he has of course done justice to all the three roles. But to have that urge to train for a character and the craving to do all the magic tricks by himself deserves an applause. When you have someone like Vijay on board, you hardly need to add any gimmicks or special edits or other effects to glorify a mass scene because that is Vijay’s forte and it comes so natural to him.


However, some might say, his snorting kind of voice modulation that he does now and then sound contrived. We understand he uses a different voice tone occasionally to cater to a particular set of audience but such experimentations could work against the film if it is not effective. In this case, it is a mixed bag, not so effective neither it's annoying.


The 80’s flashback portion intro scene and the pre-interval fight scene are some of the major highlights. The comedy and sentiment portions are laced without disturbing the core plot. But the flashback portion could have been cut short.


Though just two films old, Atlee has created an impression that he is a master when it comes to emotions. Theri his last film, was a mix of emotion, drama and action but this time in Mersal, he goes more full-fledged towards action.


Technically he is surrounded by a bunch of extremely talented individuals like AR Rahman for music, Ruben for editing and GK Vishnu the debutant for cinematography. GK actually proves that debutant is just a term that counts for nothing when it comes to art. His work could compete with any top league cinematographer.


AR Rahman knows the importance of silence and to have that tranquillity in a mass flick, takes courage. His music is not noisy like how other commercial potboilers had sounded in the recent times. He doesn’t try to overshadow a scene with jarring or a catchy theme music, yet ARR scores a homerun whenever he gets a chance. It is like he elevates a scene without disturbing its soul.


Ruben’s cuts are sleek, and if not for his efforts, Mersal wouldn’t have been as racy as this. After Puli and Theri, production designer Muthuraj teams up with Vijay again. He has just upped his game in the recent past, and his set designs are so authentic. Whenever there is a slight lag in the screenplay, it was Anal Arasu’s stunts that came to the rescue. His action choreography was intense as well as fun, and when you have someone like Vijay at the performing end, the fight looks even more riveting. However, the song placement in Mersal seemed a tad force-fitted and came when you don’t expect.


SJ Suryah as the menacing villain fits the bill and has a few scoring scenes. All the three female leads Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menen have limited scope to perform. Among the three, Nithya Menen’s flashback portion works better.


A pounding, pulsating entertainer that provides an almost constant adrenaline surge for nearly two hours and 45 minutes. Had it been a little crisper, it could have been better.


Verdict: Watch this entertainer for the triple impact of three Thalapathys!


2.75 5 ( 2.75 / 5.0 )











Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Aug 20,2017

Aalaporaan Tamizhan
Singers: Deepak, Kailash Kher, Sathya Prakash, Pooja
Lyrics: Vivek

Aalaporaan Tamizhan single seems to be a combination of various genres well knitted by the oscar winner with some feisty instrumentation and superior vocals.The Nadhaswaram portions guarantee a connect and nativity feel. Lyrics by Vivek have been pumped with words fantasising the Tamizhan and his tradition. The entire song seems to be very well structured. Sung by Deepak, Kailash Kher, Sathyaprakash and Pooja, the song consists of the use of indigenous instruments and native percussions. It is not an outright mass number but is rich in a lot of aspects.


:  A R Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal
Lyrics: Vivek


This melody by AR Rahman sung by himself and Shreya Ghoshal is slow and grows into the listener. Both AR Rahman and Shreya Ghoshal sound sweet throughout. There is use of simple yet elegant string instruments. It looks like a sitar and mandolin piece can also be detected. There is continual and repetitive use of a single word which gets the listener into a nice loop. Post the loop, there is a small transition to the carnatic swarams with the harmonium taking over and it gets back to another loop. A complete melody for Vijay’s Mersal by ARR.


Singers: Shweta Mohan, Sid Sriram
Lyrics: Vivek


Macho is a funky western style number with some use of electronic beats by AR Rahman. Sid Sriram is at his usual stylish self with the vocals and Shweta Mohan chips in with her superior voice as well. The song has a tinge of Indian flavour as well. Instruments are dominated by the digital board and synth takes the front seat. The loops are attractive and this peppy number seems like an instant hit among fans.

Mersal Arasan
: Naresh Iyer, Vishwaprasadh, GV Prakash, Sharanya Srinivas, AR Rahman
Lyrics: Vivek

Mersal Arasan is the most complex number as it has numerous genres within the song. Starting off in the unique ARR style with the kids’ voices and chorus, it has a mild arabic touch to it. It majorly follows the folk route. The percussions are a major positive. The tune is catchy after a few listens and the lyrics follow a 'thara local' pattern that will attract the masses. A perfect fast and pacy number for both Vijay fans as well as ARR music lovers, who expect something new out of his music. Also, the finale with the trumpets are apt for Vijay’s classy dance moves that would enhance the visual experience.

Verdict: AR Rahman weaves out a mass based classy album fitting in all the elements required for Vijay's screen presence!
( 3.25 / 5.0 )

Mersal (aka) Mersaaal

Mersal (aka) Mersaaal is a Tamil movie. Abdool, Hareesh Peradi, Kajal Agarwal, Misha Ghoshal, Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Nithya Menen, Samantha, Sathyaraj, SJ Suryah, Vadivelu, Vijay, Yogi Babu are part of the cast of Mersal (aka) Mersaaal. The movie is directed by Atlee. Music is by A.R.Rahman. Production by Hema Rukmani, Murali Ramaswamy, Thenandal Studio Limited, cinematography by G.K.Vishnu, editing by Ruben and art direction by Muthuraj.