Vijay Sethupathi is a star who rose to recognition by engaged on movies that had been advanced, and refreshing. Whether or not it was humour, romance, or motion, there was all the time one thing totally different in regards to the movies that he signed up for. This has over time develop into his signature even. For example, Vignesh Shivan directorial Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Premkumar’s 96, Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Tremendous Deluxe, Balaji Tharaneetharan’s Seethakathi, or Seenu Ramasamy’s Dharma Durai, are movies that not solely spoke for and validated Vijay Sethupathi as an actor, but additionally a star who selected to do one thing out of the field. Nonetheless, issues have modified since Vikram Vedha.
The change has been gradual, but it surely has been regular. From enjoying lead roles in small-budget to mid-budget movies, the actor was solid to play a villain or supporting character in huge finances movie. After all, the actor in Vijay Sethupathi would nail a personality with gray shade, as we now have seen a number of occasions together with his roles in Petta, Grasp, Vikram, amongst others. Nonetheless, it has gotten approach too monotonous. His position in Jawan might be the least attention-grabbing character within the movie, and this position as Kaalie Gaikwad is so one-dimensional that it screams boring from the very starting. The rationale the animosity between Kaalie and Vikram Rathore (Shah Rukh Khan) works in locations will not be due to Kaalie, however due to Vijay Sethupathi himself.
There are glimpses of Bhavani from Grasp, in the way in which the actor has performed Kaalie. Particularly within the climax combat scene the place Vikram and Kaalie combat one-on-one resulting in the arms’ sellers’ fall and his plea. That final one time the place he tries his luck is straight out of Vikram’s climax scene. The urge to make a deal, and when it doesn’t work, the desperation — we really feel like we now have seen it earlier than not solely as a result of the arrange within the movie is harking back to sure movies, however as a result of the actor has manifested these roles whereas enjoying Kaalee.
This can be a quite common prevalence when roles get underwritten and well-performing actors start to improvise on the position to make it attention-grabbing. To the touch base with one thing acquainted, after which work on constructing on that emotion/ response to the swimsuit the scene can backfire, as seen in Jawan. The world could also be celebrating the movie as seen from the Day 1 assortment, however what’s unlucky is the truth that Bollywood continues to overlook huge time on producing well-written industrial movies. It appears like Rocky Aur Rani ki Prem Kahanii didn’t change the course of the business, however was only a mere exception to the rule.
If not, Atlee’s hodge-podge of a movie (no denying that it’s a well-made hodge-podge!) wouldn’t be hailed as good. Objectively, the movie is mediocre when it comes to its writing. It’s the packaging that has been carried out. To be brutally trustworthy, Jawan is like that well-known model of chips packet that’s crammed extra with air, than chips.
It’s time for Vijay Sethupathi to actually deliberate on his decisions. Sure, eager to work with enormous stars is comprehensible, particularly contemplating his battle earlier than his debut, nevertheless, it now appears to be hindering his recognition. A uncommon Kadaisi Vivasayi amid a horde of senseless motion movies may not be sufficient for this actor’s followers down south.
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Priyanka Sundar is a movie journalist who covers movies and sequence of various languages with a particular deal with identification and gender politics.