Published On: Wed, Jan 14th, 2015

Review : ‘I’ (Vikram, Amy Jackson)

i-vikram Release date : Jan 14th 2015
bollywood3.com Rating : 2.75/5
Producer : V.Ravichandran
Director : Shankar
Music Director : A.R.Rahman
Starring : Vikram, Amy Jackson


Shankar is one film maker in India whose films are eagerly awaited all over. His latest presentation in ‘I’ which has the National Award wining actor Vikram in a lead role. After all the hype and hysteria, this film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.

Story:-

Lingesh(Vikram) is an upcoming body builder who is deeply and madly in love with an actress named Diya(Amy Jackson). One fine day, Diya approaches him to act in an Ad film with her. She gets him the necessary make over, and in the process of the shoot, the couple falls in love with each other.

Twist in the tale arises when Diya’s enemies run down a deadly virus into Lingesh’s body which turns his life upside down. Rest of the story is as to how an weird and diseased looking Lingesh takes revenge on those who made his life an living hell.

Plus Points:-

Vikram is undoubtedly one of the biggest assets of the film. The efforts that he has put in for his role are clearly visible on the screen. He is outstanding in his body builder’s character, and pushes the edge with his appearance and acting as the weird looking guy. The way he has showcased pain and grief through even though he is covered up with heavy make up is wonderful.

Amy Jackson is apt in her role and looks gorgeous. Visuals in the film are top notch and the credit should definitely go to Shankar for thinking something different and in a grand scale. All the songs have been shot supremely well and production values are mind blowing.

Make up done for Vikram’s character is of international standard, and elevates his character to another level. While the first half has decent entertainment, the second half is emotional. Upen Patel gets a meaty role and does exceptionally well in his negative role.

Minus Points:-

Too much of hype and expectations spoil the outcome of this film. Shankar has raised the bar so high with his previous films that sadly, I does not meet those expectations. No where in the film you get a feel that it is a Shankar film. He adds unnecessary elements and drags the film in many places.

Last fifteen minutes of the first half are below par, and the love story showcased during this part has been dragged to the core. The movies moves back and forth in time, and the screenplay during this time takes a beating. May be for the first time in his career, Shankar has misplaced songs in the narrative.

Yet another major drawback is the excessive length of the film. A lot of scenes and fights could have easily been trimmed. Once the twist is revealed in the second half, the movie gets predictable.

Technical Aspects:-

‘I’ is a brilliant film technically. A R Rahman’s music is outstanding and so is the background score. As said earlier, the make up and prosthetics used for Vikram’s character are mind blowing. P C Sreeram’s camerawork is stunning and gives the film an international feel. All the episodes that are shot in China look beautiful and have been designed well.

The sets designed, scale of the movie are all up to Shankar’s standard. Hindi dubbing is below par and so are the dialogues. Screenplay by Shanakar lacks focus in some areas, and you do not get emotionally attached to the film also because of its excessive length. The way Vikram’s character goes about killing the bad guys in the first half has been hurried up and is unclear.

Verdict:-

On the whole, I is surely Shankar’s weakest film till date. Excessive length, weak story line and lack of emotional connect are basic drawbacks. Only solace are Shankar’s grand visuals and Vikram’s mind blowing performance. Watch this film only if you have nothing else to do and make sure that you go in without any expectations whatsoever.

Bollywood3 Rating : 2.75/5

Reviewed by Avad M