After facing multiple hurdles in the last few weeks, Thalapathy Vjay‘s Mersal hit theatres across the world today. Since morning, there has been a crazy buzz around the film on social media. One can witness Vijay’s fandom in full measure across the world. The movie marks Vijay and Atlee’s second collaboration and also stars Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menen, Sathyaraj and Vadivelu. The film has been declared be the biggest release this Diwali. After having watched it, we can confirm that Diwali will be a crackling one, courtesy Thalapathy’s Mersal. In fact, we would even go on say, Vijay’s Mersal is better than Ajith’s Vivegam, because it got these five elements just right. Read on to know or reasons. Also Read: Mersal movie review: Thalapathy Vijay’s enigmatic presence and Atlee’s class direction assures a crackling Diwali
Production Value: Mersal’s budget is touted be Rs 130 crore making it one of Thalapathy Vijay’s most expensive films. After watching Mersal, the cost is more than justified as the makers have delivered high production value. The film apart form being a massy entertainer is also a visual treat for fans. Atlee not only makes his Stars look good but also the story. Certain imagery from the film stays with you even after the movie is over.
Ajith’s Vivegam was also the star’s most expensive but apart from the picturesque locales and a few action scenes, the movie’s production budget is not aptly justified.
Better antagonist While both boasted of a credible supporting cast, Mersal triumphs yet as it boasted of a better villain. SJ Suryah as the ruthless scheming businessman was better than Vivek Oberoi as the traitor friend in Vivegam. The former’s sense of style, on screen presence and his on screen ruthlessness made him quite the impressive villain.
Fine balance between hero worship and and content: In Mersal, Atlee took the liberty to celebrate Vijay’s stardom in Mersal but he didn’t forget to give the story its due when needed. The thin line between hero worship and content was maintained by the director.
When it came to Vivegam, the thin line was blurred as the film seemed more about celebrating Ajith’s stardom and less about the story.
Unexpected Twist: In Mersal, the first half ends with an unexpected twist that makes the story only more interesting. It’s unexpected and has you by surprise.
As for Vivegam, it was already known that Vivek Oberoi would play the lead antagonist so him turning a traitor didn’t surprise anybody.
Direction: For Siva, it was about celebrating Ajith’s stardom. Apart from a few slick scenes and visually spectacular backdrops, the film’s direction doesn’t leave you in awe. When it came to Thalapathy’s Mersal, Atlee’s master direction not only blows you away but also shows you news ways of telling a story, There is much to marvel over and so much more to learn from, when it came to Mersal’s direction.
What do you think? Does Vijay’s Mersal triumph over Ajith’s Vivegam?