Bigil Movie Review
Vijay as Rayappan and Michael Rayappan (Bigil) ,Nayanthara ,Jackie Shroff ,Kathir ,Vivek ,Daniel Balaji
Anandaraj ,Yogi Babu ,Sai Dheena ,Devadarshini ,Arjan Bajwa ,I. M. Vijayan ,Indhuja ,Amritha Aiyer ,Reba Monica John ,Varsha Bollamma ,Indraja Shankar,Gayathri Reddy,Aadhirai Soundarajan .Rohini ,Manobala ,Soundararaja ,Rajkumar ,G. Gnanasambandam ,Rama ,T. M. Karthik,George Maryan ,Matthew Varghese ,Sahithya Jagannathan ,Shanthi Mani ,Nithya Raj ,Prajuna Sarah ,Keerthana ,Atlee in a special appearance in the song “Singappenney”,A. R. Rahman in a special appearance in the song “Singappenney”,Poovaiyar in a special appearance in the song “Verithanam”
Directer – Atlee,Produced – Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesh,Kalpathi S. Suresh,Writter – Atlee,,S. Ramana Girivasan,Screenplay – Atlee,S. Ramana Girivasan,Story – Atlee,S,Music – A. R. Rahman,Cinematography G. K. Vis hnu,Editer – Ruben,Production company – AGS Entertainment, Distributed by Screen Scene Media Entertain ment
Michael Rayappan is a don based in Chennai, who works for the welfare of people, including students. He has a romantic relationship with Angel Aasirvatham, a physiotherapist who comically refuses to marry any groom at the last minute due to their love. He has a running feud with a rival don Daniel. One night, Daniel attacks Michael and his close friend Kathir, who is the coach of the Tamil Nadu women’s football team. Kathir suffers spinal injuries during the attack, due of which he is paralysed for a year. To allow the women’s football team to take part in the upcoming National Championship in Delhi, Kathir requests to the Tamil Nadu Football Federation to replace him with his former teammate named “Bigil”, who is none other than Michael. The story then shifts to Michael’s past as a football player.
Seven years earlier, Michael was an aspiring footballer and contributed to victories for the Tamil Nadu football team along with Kathir. His father was Rayappan, a don who had a feud with a rival don Alex, who was Daniel’s father. Rayappan encouraged his son’s passion for football, as he did not want him to end up as a criminal like him. When Michael was unable to make it to the Indian football team due to Rayappan’s criminal record, Rayappan personally took up the matter with the All India Football Federation president J. K. Sharma and forcefully ensured Sharma to include Michael and Kathir in the Indian team probable list. Sadly, Michael’s football career was cut short as he witnessed his father being killed by Alex and Daniel, just when he was about to leave for Delhi to attend the selection trial for the Indian football team. Michael killed Alex in front of Daniel, taking revenge for Rayappan’s death, and stayed back in Chennai to become the new leader of his father’s gang.
In the present day, Michael accepts Kathir’s request to coach the women’s football team and leaves for Delhi with the team, with Angel also accompanying them as team physiotherapist. But due to his criminal background, the girls refuse to co-operate with him, even blaming him for the team’s opening loss to Manipur in the National Championship and requesting the Federation to have him removed. Dejected, Michael gives his resignation to Sharma, but soon realises that Sharma is targeting him in revenge for the humiliation he faced at the hands of Rayappan to allow him into the Indian football team. Sharma sends armed assailants to attack Michael, however Michael subdues the assailants and withdraws his resignation. He convinces the girls to support him and starts training them hard with the sole focus of winning the Championship.
He even manages to bring back two former key players to boost the team’s strength; Gayathri, a Brahmin girl who had to quit playing football after she was married to a conservative family; and Anitha, who went into depression and refused to leave her room after a man threw acid on her face as she spurned his advances. Despite Sharma trying to rig the team’s next match against Haryana so that they will be eliminated and sent home, they manage to beat Haryana and win all their remaining matches, eventually qualifying for the Final at Chennai, where they are to play Manipur again. On the eve of the Final, one of the team’s players, Vembu, is kidnapped and forcefully injected with cocaine by Daniel, who is hired by Sharma in order to sabotage the team’s chances of winning the Championship. Though she recovers, she is unable to play in the final as she would fail the dope test.
The team’s captain, Thendral, is also kidnapped by Daniel, who attempts to forcefully inject cocaine on her as well, however Michael manages to rescue her. Michael proceeds to kill Daniel once and for all, but when he sees Daniel’s young son, he changes his mind and spares Daniel, as he does not want the young boy’s future to end up like him by seeing his father die. The next day, Tamil Nadu plays the Final against Manipur without Vembu. The match turns out to be a thriller with Tamil Nadu winning the Championship through a penalty shootout. Michael and the team dedicate their success to Kathir, who is watching the match from the dugout in a wheelchair. During the credits, it is shown that Michael frames Sharma for drug possession, leading to Sharma’s arrest in Malaysia, where he is on a holiday. It is also shown that Michael, no longer a rowdy, takes up football coaching for children, with one of his wards being the son of Daniel, who has made peace with Michael.
Watch The Trailor-;
The first 30-something minutes of Atlee’s Bigil are pure fan service. Watch Vijay make a cracker (literally!) of an entry. Watch Vijay being referred to as… CM. Watch Vijay fight. Watch Vijay do the Mersal double-hand wave™. Watch Vijay sing and flex his amazingly flexible body to AR Rahman’s ‘Verithanam’. Watch Vijay do cartoony comedy. Watch Vijay romance Nayanthara. Watch Vijay appropriate another MGR song (it was ‘Unnai Arindhaal’ in Mersal; here it’s ‘Ennadhaan Nadakkum’, which says we shouldn’t worry because there’s a “thalaivan” to take care of us.)
Best of all, watch Vijay in a second role, as a rowdy with grey hair and a raspy stammer. About the time the two Vijays appear together is when the film becomes interesting. Till then, I thought Bigil was going to be like the earlier Vijay-Atlee collaborations, a sloppy and very random series of “highlight scenes” — some of them fun, the rest being what we grit our teeth through till the next fun scene.But for the first time with this actor and director, there’s coherence. After the fan service, Atlee sits down to tell a real story — one that revolves around Vijay but doesn’t revolve only around Vijay,
who plays an ace footballer named Bigil. The older Vijay is his father, and their scenes together are terrific. There’s real chemistry here. They made me think Vijay’s best costar may be… Vijay.The narrative revolves around a female football team, which Atlee and his writer S Ramana Girivasan use to address a number of issues. There’s an acid-attack survivor. There’s a woman with an eating disorder. There’s someone who’s oppressed by a conservative, patriarchal household. There’s a bit that discusses the impact of pregnancy on a sporting career. Plus, there’s the fact that many of these women are from underprivileged backgrounds. I have always been uncomfortable about “mass” movies paying lip service to serious issues in the midst of all the hero worship — but there’s some dignity here. And it fits. (It is a women’s team, after all.) The screenplay could have been tighter, but it’s still a model of how we can get serious even in the overblown world of a “mass” movie, and yet not forget to have fun.
A scene in a police station is a riot, and what could have been a boring engagement scene is transformed into a rousing dance-a-thon. But Atlee dispenses with the mandatory duet in the first half, and once the story gets going, there are no diversions. Even the heroine fits. She’s not like Kajal Agarwal in Mersal, twittering around the hero. She’s a physiotherapist and this gives her a valid reason to stick around Vijay (who’s the coach) and his team. My favourite bit of writing is an echo of an earlier scene where a son witnesses his father’s death. Bigil is not just empty calories.
Which isn’t to say it’s health food, either. A truly imaginative filmmaker could have really made something out of this premise. Atlee’s idea of scale is to allow cinematographer GK Vishnu go super-wide, so that we can marvel at how much is packed into each frame. After a while, with the football matches, a sense of sameness sets in. But the emotional through-line is clean and uncluttered, and the twists in the screenplay — little flashbacks that reveal a little more information — are decently thought through.And for a film of this nature (where, usually, anything goes), the positioning of songs is nicely done. ‘Singappenne’ comes at just the right moment.
The preceding scenes build up to it and the song just explodes.Yes, Bigil does make Vijay a saviour — but it doesn’t deify him. Early on, we are told about the character’s connection with these girls, whom he’s been keeping track of. I kept waiting for the scene where the girls realise he has been their patron all along and fall at his feet, weeping, but the “saving” happens only because he is a coach and he needs these particular women. And there is a fight in the end, but it’s not Vijay versus the villain’s henchmen but these girls versus a rival team. I did not expect a star of this stature to take a backseat in the climax, of all places.
It must be something in the air. Like the two Ajith movies this year (Viswasam, Nerkonda Paarvai), Bigil shows that a huge star vehicle can use women as more than just props. They show that a “hero” can have impediments (the mental health condition in Nerkonda Paarvai; the stammer here), and he’s none the weaker for them. They also show that catering to fans can happen without sacrificing the basics, like screenwriting. I would still like to see Vijay in the all-out-fun Thuppakki zone, but he does some solid, serious, “star”-acting here, especially in an inspirational speech shot in a single take. This “mass” movie has touches of class.
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Written By- T.H.PRASAD -B4U-Ratting – 3/5