Hritik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan both shine in Vikram Vedha, the recent cat-and-mouse remake of the original Tamil film written and directed by Pushkar–Gayathri. The actors had the daunting task of filling the shoes of R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi’s humongous shoes and they do so with a fair bit of their own flair.

If you’re someone who never watched the Tamil one, it is sure to give you your fair share of thrills and dopamine hits. Sam CS’s background score is enough to get you to the edge of the seat and the action never gets dull.

However, the film does have its fair share of flaws.

The film’s supporting cast, which played a crucial role in the original one, falls down flat on its face, forcing the actors to do the major heavy lifting. Radhika Apte, who plays the role of Priya (originally played by Shraddha Srinath) is also reduced to a side-character.

The thematic elements also take a backseat in some places as action and cat-and-mouse game takes over. Despite the flaws, the film is a good time at cinemas.

The Facts of the Matter

It’s 2022, and after years of waiting, Pushkar-Gayathri has emerged with its Hindi adaptation of their Tamil work. The film stars Hritik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Yogita Bihani and more.

The action film revolves around Vikram (Saif Ali Khan), an encounter specialist, who views the world in black and white, and Vedha (Hritik Roshan), a gangster, who forces to play Vikram a game of cat-and-mouse, and make him see the world is not as binary as it may look.

There’s no right, there’s no wrong, and it is only grey that matters in Vedha’s world.

Swing & Hit for Pushkar-Gayathri

Pushkar-Gayatri have again done what they are best at – telling a story without tiring exposition, glitchy flashbacks, and snooze-worthy voiceovers. They practice the oldest screenwriting tip given to writers – show, don’t tell.

The positives in the film are aplenty. Be it Hritik’s fine balance of machismo and playfulness, or Saif Ali Khan’s incorruptible disposition and fierce charm.

The film is largely plotted scene to scene from the original film, which is not such a bad thing because as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Action & Background Score Never Gets Boring

To not talk about the film’s action sequence will be doing it injustice. Pushkar-Gayathri combines the classic South Indian slow-mo scenes with hair-raising background score. Hritik is as head-turning as ever, bringing his good-guy-turned-bad trope to life. His action sequences with Saif, which are plenty, have no dull moments.

Supporting Cast Falls Flat

While the lead do most of the heavy lifting, it’s the supporting cast that drags the film a notch.

In a film, which is almost a scene-to-scene copy of the original, somehow the supporting cast all fall flat on their faces.

Radhika Apte, a fantastic actor who can ooze charm and vulnerability in no matter how small a role is, is reduced to the generic “cop’s wife” character.

What works against Vikram Vedha remake that its original version relied as heavily on the main leads as the supporting cast.

From Vijay Sethupathi’s low-life gang members, to R. Madhavan team of righteous cops, everyone played their part to make the film a success.

Verdict

If you’re a fan of the original film, you may leave the cinema wanting more, and feeling shame at all the lost potential. However, for those who have not yet watched it, Vikram Vedha is a fun time at the cinemas.

 

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