I have always been a big admirer of Shankar’s films. It is not his scale and never his vfx that interest me. Mostly they are plagiarized even though he is himself a very creative mind. It is the emotional connect that he builds with the audience and the statement he gives in every subject he takes up.
With his latest release I starring vikram, it is no different. He mocks the cosmetic industry and shows how shallow it is. The name “I” is not merely the virus in the film , it signifies the narcissistic and selfish attitude in us which is so fragile because it is never going to last.
The first half has some interesting scenes mainly due to Vikram’s acting. He plays a small town body builder who aspires to be Mr India. He is shown as a simpleton obsessed with his looks and physique. Even the heroine Amy Jackson is obsessed with her looks. Her casting looks bang on considering the concept of the film. The film runs back and forth in two timelines – one with good looking Vikram and other with the morphed ugly version. It the morphed ugly version who keeps you engaged throughout the film because all his scenes are almost MASTERPIECE.
The romance track in China is too long and gets on the nerve very soon. there are too many songs even though Isaak Tari and Tum Todo Na are excellently picturised. But once the morphed Vikram takes over in second half, things change.My favorite scene is the one where the ugly Vikram sees himself in mirror for the first time since the virus attack. The way he breaks down looking in the mirror while recollecting his early gym-physique days almost brought tears to my eyes. His revenge with each of the people behind his ugly look is very good but it has not been shown in a subtle way. Some scenes which should have been serious are made in a comic way and it lessens the impact. Some fight scenes are too long and they are not well choreographed. The fight scene of cycles on roof is copied from Tom Yum Goong 2. The film is a little too long and digresses quite often.
I would have given the film 2/5 but one extra star just for the end credits. Its a film in itself. It is touching and inspiring. Some would argue that Shankar has done that to give the film a “happy ending” but I loved it. The way it ended.