The excitement around Ajith Kumar‘s Vivegam is sky high. People are actually wondering if the action-thriller would mint more money and beat Rajinikanth’s Kabali record at the box office. Twitter is flooded with tweets of actors, directors, critics and fans from Tamil Nadu about how brilliant the movie was, while the storyline is not well received by few critics across India. If you go by the tweets, it screams out loud that the movie was just too good and it’s worth every single penny. Apart from the main lead of Vivegam, the DOP, VFX editor, music composer Anirudh Ravichander and the director Siva have been praised for executing the flick so beautifully. Take a look at how Vivegam was reviewed by critics across the country.
Times of India: Action is what Vivegam promises and it is what the film offers — bangs for every buck. And Ajith takes it upon himself to single handedly provide plenty of mass-hero moments (a shirt-ripping, six-pack showcasing climactic moment is a particular highlight) and innumerable punch dialogues (Jaikaradhukku munnadi kondadradhum jaichadhukku aprom aadradhum namma agaradhilaye illa). Also, Vivek Oberoi, who appears in stylish attire, is often used to hype up AK (or rather Ajith), giving fans plenty of whistle-worthy moments in the first half, while Kajal, as the wife who pines for her husband and also proves to be his biggest strength, is quite likeable, while Akshara Haasan, for whom this marks her Tamil debut, acquits herself well in what is essentially an extended cameo role.
The Hindu: Vivegam is a misfire on many levels. It’s an attempt to make an “international” thriller, with the assumption that a star with a huge fan base would be able to pull it off. Ajith’s effort is sincere, but Vivegam just doesn’t come together. Till interval point, Vivegam pretty much functions like an ordinary Tamil film based in an international milleu. There’s a blink and miss appearance from Akshara (which include a high octane chase sequence), and some bland comedy by Karunakaran. There’s a love story between AK and Yazhini (Kajal) that works, but director Siva seems more interested in the action pieces.
Firstpost: Siva had depended on brotherly and sisterly sentiments in his earlier Ajith films like Veeram and Vedalam. This time he limited the sentiments to husband and wife bonding, making it resemble a stylish Hollywood spy thriller, without minimal Tamil mass cinema elements. Vivegam has a wafer thin storyline but is laced with what Siva calls “theatre moments” or scenes where fans will clap and whistle with joy. Anirudh Ravichander’s music and background score is one of the major highlights of the film, along with some stunning visuals by cameraman Vetri.
Hindustan Times: Ajith’s highly anticipated Vivegam is an ambitious film, both in terms of scale and making, but not all such attempts, particularly in this case, deserve praise. Siva and Ajith have teamed up for the third time in Vivegam, and they desperately try to take things up a notch by setting their story against a lavish, international backdrop, only to fail miserably in the process and churn out a half baked product which is fuelled by great action. Siva’s intention to make an international film, on a scale Tamil cinema hasn’t witnessed so far, is truly commendable, but his writing is a huge letdown. Despite great action, which is the film’s saving grace, the twists are very predictable and it gets worse post interval.
Behindwoods.com: Vivegam keeps you in a state of nervous excitation from the start of the second half till the pre-climax but the first half is not very effective and has lots of pace and logical issue. The logic part is a concern in both the halves. Vivegam is a conventional spy thriller with routine escapes and clashes and hide-and-seek gambits, yet the way the film has been made, nothing that happens seems inevitable which makes the whole movie less natural and could connect with a section of the audience.
Ajith’s spy-thriller was released in over 700 screens in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. The film, that is made on a lavish budget of over Rs 100 crore, is helmed by director Siva and the music was scored by Anirudh. Vivegam, which was majorly shot in Europe, especially in places such as Serbia, Austria, Georgia and Slovenia among others, has finally hit the screens worldwide today. In the film, actor Ajith essays the role of an intelligence officer and besides Thala, the film features Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan in pivotal roles.
While fans feel the movie is definitely going to be a blockbuster, critics feel otherwise. I would suggest you go and watch this film today if you’re a die hard Ajith fan. Come back and tell me how the film was in the comment section below. Watch this space for more updates.