N. Lingusamy’s Sikander (2014) Movie Review
Cast: Suriya, Samantha, Vidyut Jamwal, Soori, Manoj Bajpai, Murali Sharma, Sathyan, Joe Malloori, Chitrangada Singh & Maryam Zakaria
Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
Censor Rating: U
Run Time: 170.31 Minutes
The story is set in the backdrop of Mumbai. Where it tells the story of two brothers Raju the gangster and Krishna, his handicapped brother. A crutch exerting Krishna searches for his missing brother in Mumbai. With every character the story goes on to flashback mode. Where Raju bhai and Chandru (Vidyut) are best friends and partners in crime. As they started to develop in underworld, people started wanting them dead. In the meantime, Raju bhai falls in love with Jeeva (Samantha) and in short time they start liking each other. That’s when Raju bhai and Chandru are attacked by their enemies and they assume they have killed the duo partners of crimes. Will Krishna find the real culprits behind the murder attempt? Are Raju Bhai & Chandru dead? What happened to Raju Bhai – Jeeva’s love? Will Krishna succeed in his hunt for his brother forms the rest of the storyline.
As per the performances, both Suriya and Vidyut Jamwal obviously had little else to work on in terms of character study. There is no doubt that Suriya-Vidyut are talented actors. But the actors go from spectacularly subdues to hysterical and hamming within span of minutes due to poor development of characters. Suriya gives his best for the character. Samantha fizzles more than sizzles. But she is red-hot in the bikini wear. Manoj Bhajpai has a small but convincing role. Rest of the characters Soori, Murali Sharma, Chetan Hansraj and Joe Malloori are strictly passable. Brahmanandam is reduced to only one scene. Chitrangada and Maryam Zakaria sizzled in the special songs.
Sikander was very predictable story. From beginning we knew what is going to happen. The twist and turns in the story can be easily guessed because we have already seen something like that gazillion times before. The biggest problem with Sikander is that it tries to do too many things at a time. You seriously get confused if are watching a complete action packed masala or a romantic entertainer. Director N. Linguswamy just goes off the main stream. The screenplay of the film is neither entertaining nor exciting throughout. Plus there are too many songs at regular intervals which are hardly required. The Bang Bang & One Two Three are best of the songs. Yuvan Shankar Raja has given solid Background score for the film. The narrative is quite tepid and sometimes indulgent. The characters are not written with any empathy and the understanding of this sort of a dramaturgic. Cinematography of the film by Santosh Sivan is topnotch in most of the scenes. The slo-mo shots of pigeons are spectacular. Editor could have easily trimmed down film by 30-40 minutes time. Editor even failed in smooth transition of sequences. The past and present scenes were not perfectly in sync with the narration. We guess even they couldn’t figure out means to fix up the damaged plot. Dialogue writer Shashank Vennalakanti literally translated every dialogue from Tamil to Telugu and failed to provide the hype – feel necessary for an action packed drama. Production values of the film are grand.
It’s always feels terrible to slam someone’s work that is dribbling of makers sweat and blood. But this film will make you sweat. It is vastly tedious to watch something as foolish as Sikander. The direction wanders in every direction only to culminate into a pointless ending. The music and cinematography are major highlights of the film. Sikander is low on content, overhyped and predictable. A lot better film was possible with such a brilliant star cast. On the whole, We couldn’t find a single half engaging-entertaining moment in this cinematic rape perpetrated by Linguswamy. Do tell us if you could.
Sikander – A 170 minutes of Terrible Torture.
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