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A Look Back at the Past Six Films of Ilayathalapathy Vijay

On the occasion of 'Sarkar' releasing this week on November 7, 2018. We decided to take a trip down memory lane and visit all our reviews of Ilayathalapathy Vijay, see how he did in regards to ratings and performances, also see how we reviewed movies back in the day. So, buckle up and scroll down, we also will preview an average rating of 'Sarkar'. 

Thalaivaa (2013) | Rating - 2.5/5

Directed by A.L. Vijay, the primary storyline of Thalaivaa (2013) draws inspiration from Kamal Haasan's 'Nayakan' and is loosely based on RGV’s 'Sarkar'. The film manages to entertain at times but fails to create an impact. Performances from Vijay, Satyaraj and Amala Paul are noteworthy, but, the mundane three-hour runtime didn't do the film much favours. Overall, Thalaivaa had nothing new to offer but does succeed in transforming Vijay from “Thalapathy” to “Thalaivaa” giving him a complete mass look again.

Jilla (2014) | Rating - 3/5

Jilla, directed by Neason brings together the Superstar of Mollywood Lt. Col. Mohanlal and “Ilayathalapathy” Vijay in the lead roles and the storyline revolves around the aspects of guns, violence and relationships. The film lacks a racy and engaging screenplay because of its mighty three-hour runtime. Mohanlal and Vijay's performances are the backbone of the film while Kajal Aggarwal and the remaining supporting cast had nothing much to offer. Overall, Jilla had the proper ingredients needed for a mass commercial entertainer and although its mighty length works against it, it will surely impress Mohanlal and Vijay’s hardcore devotees.

Kaththi (2014) | Rating - 3.25/5

Kaththi has “Ilayathalapathy” Vijay playing a dual role as Kathiresan and Jeevanandham, supported by Samantha, Satish and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Director A.R. Murugadoss deals with the most unrecognised problems in the society like farming lands being taken over by MNCs, farmer’s suicides and the news media working only for TRP Ratings. It’s indeed a bold attempt by Murugadoss to take up a sensitive subject. But, he deals it with ease. The screenplay was engrossing despite a few sluggish scenes in the first half. The dialogues were sharp, especially the one line definition of communism which is not to be missed. On the whole, Kaththi is a perfect commercial entertainer with a strong social message. Vijay, Murugadoss and the entire team of Kaththi deserve applause for bringing in the much needed social awareness.

Theri (2016) | Rating - 2.5/5

Directed by Atlee Kumar, “Ilayathalapathy” Vijay as Vijay Kumar IPS packs a punch as Deputy Commissioner of Chennai City. He scores with his body language, dialogue delivery, and a couple of mass scenes. But, as the drawback, he looked short of expressions in melodramatic scenes. Samantha Akkineni and Amy Jackson were used just like any other heroines would be used for a commercial entertainer.  Nainika, daughter of actress Meena was very cute and adorable with her facial expressions. On the downside, I feel that Atlee made a mistake by choosing to make a movie with Lemuria old formula and story. The storyline looks like many revenge flicks we have seen earlier and you may even feel that the plot is similar to other Vijay films. Nevertheless, even though the plot is racy and has a certain refreshing romantic and sentimental scenes, the pale overall story makes the film a hard one time watch.

Bairavaa (2017) | Rating - 2/5

It’s not new watching Vijay in commercial films with nothing new to offer and Bhairava is one of them. The long-lost director Bharathan could have worked more on the screenplay and though his intention to come up with a social message is appreciable, the way he presented it failed to create an impact. Vijay, being the darling of Mass movies does his part well. But seeing him repeatedly in these kinds of commercial films offering only punch dialogues, unwanted or over crafted fight sequences makes the general audience and neutral fans tiresome. To conclude, Bhairava is yet another commercial pot-boiler in which Vijay acts every now and then. I didn’t even find one good aspect in the film to praise wholeheartedly. Watch it if you really want to.

Mersal (2017) | Rating - 3/5

Mersal follows the Lemuria continent old story of two brothers avenging the brutal murder of their parents. Atlee’s search for a fresh script without any adaptation continues with Mersal too. Yet, what makes Atlee’s movie entertaining is his way of presenting it to the audience. The scenes and dialogues about the present condition of the state (TN) and the country are highly commendable. Even though the storyline had nothing new to offer, Atlee extensively worked on the screenplay with Vijayendra Prasad and executed it well with a top-notch technical team. Overall, by being an inspired and off-the-record adapted movie, Atlee managed to pull off a worthy commercial entertainer with a social message. Despite the fact that it has certain logic issues, Mersal is surely a praiseworthy film.

Average Rating of 'Sarkar' - 2.7/5

-An Editorial by Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911) and Team JFMF
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