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Mersal Review by Naveen

Three for all


– Review

Vijay fans would be more than happy if they get to see their ‘(ilaya) thalapathi’ film on TV on a festival day. How would it be if they are able to watch a brand new movie on Deepavali, that too featuring three Vijays?
Understanding this fully well, director Atlee has dished out ‘Mersal’ as a full-length commercial entartainer that is a real treat for Vijay fans. For others, it is yet another mass masala movie with a message to the society. But they won’t complain for watching this flick.
Thalapathi (Vijay) is a do-gooder in a rural area and his aim is to provide good and affordable medical care to people. But he is cheated by Dr Daniel (S J Suryah).
Not just that, Daniel is also responsible for the death of Thalapathi and his wife (Nithya Menon). Thalapathi’s two sons grow as Vetri, a magician and Maran, a doctor (both characters played by Vijay).
Vetri, who knows the past, wants to take revenge on Daniel, who now runs a hospital chain. Also, he wants to teach a fitting lesson to all those who misuse the noble medical profession to make money in illegal ways.
The magician is on a killing spree, but the blame falls on the doctor. Soon, the truth is revealed, but only after a cat and mouse game and loads of messages.
Vijay never ages it seems. He is in Mersal with more energy and deliver goods in all three roles. But it’s Thalapathi who is close to our heart. Among the three heroines (Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen and Kajal Aggarwal), Nithya walks away with honours.
S J Suryah is menacing as villain, but we had seen it only recently in Spyder. Sathyaraj is good, while Vadivelu is partly successful in making us laugh. Others in the cast are adequate.
We were told that the script is by Vijayendra Prasad, the one behind ‘Baahubali’ and ‘Naan Ee’ etc. But ‘Mersal’ is a time tested story we have been watching on screen for years. However, Altee and Vijayendra Prasad compensate it with screenplay and packaging.
Technically, the film is strong. Especially, G K Vishnu’s cinematography deserves special mention. A R Rahman speaks with both music and silence.
On the whole, ‘Mersal’ has got nothing new to offer. We know what’s going to happen. But still, we are glued to our seats thanks to Vijay, presentation and making.

Rating: 3 out of 5

By Naveen


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