Motion Poster of Shankar’s I starring Vikram

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    Interesting. Is it going to be like Aparichit or Hulk? Good background score by Rahman.

  2. Baba 8 years ago

    yes it has aparichit vibes

  3. aryan 8 years ago

    Excellent background music liked it.

  4. Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

    Bit disapponted, expected more innovative one than Aparichit vibes.

    THe score by Rahman suggests it is going to be a Mega movie like Enthiran.

  5. Baba 8 years ago

    Official teaser

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      sputnik 8 years ago

      Did not like the teaser. The vfx look very tacky and kind of unnecessary – just there to show off. Yeah the bgm is good.

      The tom yum goong 2 scene you posted is not available here.

  6. Baba 8 years ago

    looks like shankar is again inspired from the latest hw film he saw! the action and vfx look pedestrian. that scene where vikrams bike converts is similar to aamirs boat scene in d3. bgm seems good. the bicycle scene on roof at 0:10 seems a copy of similar scene in tom yum goong 2

  7. Baba 8 years ago

    got this info from youtube. his beast look is copied from Fringe (US TV series) Johari window episode

    • cr7 8 years ago

      The second poster beast look is exactly same as beast from X-men .

      • cr7 8 years ago

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        sputnik 8 years ago

        Looks like they are not even hiding the inspiration as they have named it the “Beast” song.

  8. Baba 8 years ago

    Think d basic plot is like satyam shivam sundaram with an aparichit tweak. Vikram seems to b playing a good looking wrestler n amy Jackson gets attracted to him. She leaves him after he meets with some accident which distorts his face n body n he becomes a maniac

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      sputnik 8 years ago

      There is regular Vikram and/or bodybuilder Vikram, that ugly Hulkish Vikram and the beast too. So not sure what the story is.

      • Baba 8 years ago

        The regular vikram n wrestler r one n same. He sports clean shaved look in songs like aparichit where he didn’t hv ponytail in songs. The ugly guy n beast is also same. He probably dresses up like a wolf to camouflage his scarface

  9. Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

    Vikram seems to b playing a good looking wrestler n amy Jackson gets attracted to him. She leaves him after he meets with some accident which distorts his face n body n he becomes a maniac
    The ugly guy n beast is also same. He probably dresses up like a wolf to camouflage his scarface

    Good guess!

  10. Baba 8 years ago

    Exclusive images from the trailer:

    • Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago


      There is one more interesting image where there are honey-bees all over his body and face and only his eyes are open.

      • Baba 8 years ago


      • Baba 8 years ago

        I saw the trailer 4-5 times just to see check vikrams expression at 0:40 🙂 somehow that image of his ugly version having an angry expression wiht tears in eyes stayed with me for long. looks like its the scene where he is ditched by the herione and he asks himself “wtf just happened?”.

        for all the accusations on shankar of plagaiarism, somehow he always interests me as a filmmaker. he knows how to connect with the audience and his screenplay is always good.

  11. Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

    I am not against techno sound and that is not the reason I hated HNY album. One has to listen to this Rahman number from Ai on how to brilliantly compose a techno song yet not sound run-of-the-mill. The way song picks up over 2-3 mins is beautiful. Also the use of violin in such fast paced song is very creative.

    • Baba 8 years ago

      picturisation of this song will be horrible though like the case is with shankar songs.

      • Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

        Well, I think it is matter of taste.

        The song in Sivaji “aandhi ki tarah” was superb, and so were couple of songs in Robot.

  12. Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

    I am hooked to Ai music score. As always, Rahman is a old wine – what a music score !!

    I will write more on this.

  13. Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

    One has to listen to this song to see how brilliant Rahman is.

    Is it opera? Is it a techno song? or an orchestra? or a Kuthu (towards end) ?

    • Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

      I think this is first album of Rahman which is instantly liked by me and has lot of brilliance in it. He has not composed any song staying within the rules. Its as free as it can get.

      • Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

        Some guy/girl on Youtube comments said that below song is copied from Ek Villain! (teri galliyan)

        while there is a slight – very slight similarity in first line in Mukhda….say how how Antaras are composed. Pure brilliance!

        Salute to Rahman! I always criticized him for using too many instruments and keeping it cmplicated. But in this film he is simple while mixing all the music genres and he is too brilliant and free here!

        Ai(I) music score will makre sure that movie will be liked a lot !

  14. Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

    This one has hangover (Criminal), but still song is good.

    Criminal was better though.

    Criminal from

    • Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

      There is no doubt that Ladio is inspired from song like Criminal (I dont have more knowledge how many other songs sound similar)

      • Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

        Infact @Sputnik, this is a pure copy of Criminal – from You can make a post of this if u wish. Though Rahman has been mostly original in his Ai score this is purely inspired/copied for sure.

        Listen to both songs till end.

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        sputnik 8 years ago

        I heard both songs multiple times to check this. While I think there is a slight similarity I don’t think Ladio is copied from Criminal. The “Lets Party” bit actually sounds like from a different song which I heard before. Can’t remember that song though.

        • Anjanpur685Miles 8 years ago

          Yes its not a pure copy, but I felt that there is a hangover of Criminal.

          I am loving Ladio too now too much.

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    Rajeev Masand Interview with Shankar – Part 1

    Part 2

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    Rajeev Masand interview with Vikram

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      sputnik 8 years ago

      Did not know that he had an accident and that doctors told him that he would never be able to walk again and that he needed 23 surgeries.

      “Yes, I was knocked down by a truck and was on a hospital bed for three years. I had to go through 23 surgeries. Doctors said I wouldn’t walk again. But there was no stopping me; I wanted to be a hero. My blood group is B+ and that’s my motto as well. The experience made me more tenacious. Success was mine when I got it.
      I’m one of Tamil cinema’s best fighters despite my leg; I dance competently too. Make your weakness your strength.”


    • Baba 8 years ago

      looking forward to the film. the promo as cheesy/plagiarised as may be but was interesting.

  17. Baba 8 years ago

    new trailer

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    I Theatrical Trailer in Hindi

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    Issak Taari Song

    • Baba 8 years ago

      always find vikram horrible in the romantic songs. even in aparichit as “remo”. amy jackson is good

      • cr7 8 years ago

        Agreed . Vikram is horrible in this song . Amy is always pretty .

  20. aryan 8 years ago

    Tum Todo Na Song

    • AAP 8 years ago

      They gave away the climax?

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        sputnik 8 years ago

        I don’t think that would be the climax. Its probably a fantasy song.

    • Baba 8 years ago

      didnt like the song first time but now i like this – both music and video

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    Rangan’s review. It seems that Vikram has a double role according to this review and that the movie is not good.

    I movie review: A terrific performance let down by an uninspired, exhausting movie

    Is there another filmmaker as fascinated by the double role as Shankar? (Even the frivolous Jeans is riveted by the sight of twins.) Where others employ this trope as merely a means to magnify the hero — see two stars for the price of one! — or maybe to flesh out the separated-at-birth scenario so popular in the masala format, Shankar uses the device to split open the protagonist’s psyche. In films like Mudhalvan and Gentleman — where it’s not two roles so much as two faces of the character (journalist/chief minister, mild-mannered entrepreneur by day/vigilante by night) — the second ‘character’ is made to do things the first one cannot, and in Sivaji, the bald-headed persona was essentially the hero assuming another ‘face’ in order to continue where he left off. This split was carried out to the extreme in Anniyan and Enthiran, where the other roles weren’t just assumed by the protagonist but birthed by him. In the former, which gave the leading man three roles to play, the driving force was schizophrenia, and in the latter, the Evil Twin was ‘invented’ by the Good Twin as a reflection of himself, in his own form. For all its problems, Enthiran marked a departure point in Shankar’s career because, for the first time, the second role wasn’t that of a vigilante or a do-gooder out to clean up society, but a confused, gone-berserk manifestation of the protagonist’s ID. All of which is another way of saying that I had quite a few expectations of I, which arrives four years after Enthiran, after teasing us with trailers featuring a regular-looking Vikram and a hunchbacked avatar.

    But I is just more of the same – it’s the old vigilante scenario, except that the villains don’t represent a microcosm of society. This time, it’s purely personal. The evildoers in I mess up the hero’s life and he embarks on revenge. After a point, the film begins to remind us of Aboorva Sagotharargal, where a noxious substance results in the hero’s ‘deformity’, and when he discovers how he came to be this way, he doles out punishment in a variety of inventive ways. (Even the parrot from that film finds an equivalent: a faithful dog.) For a while, I is innocuous fun. We meet Lingesan (Vikram), a gym rat who’s in love with a model (Diya, played by Amy Jackson) he keeps seeing in magazines and on TV and on billboards. As his best friend Velu, Santhanam contributes a few laughs and keeps things light, and Vikram, too, does no heavy lifting outside the gym. He is relaxed, charming, and he draws us to this nobody who wants to be a somebody. In an amusing scene, he participates in a body-building championship and dances to ‘Azeem-o-shaan shahenshah’, his ‘choreography’ made up entirely of poses that show off his muscles. There’s more showing off, courtesy the technical departments, in the ‘Mersalaayiten’ music video — the song’s pep is complemented by a series of well-imagined, well-staged visual effects.

    But once Lingesan meets Diya and gets a makeover, the film turns tedious. Since Anniyan, Shankar has run out of ideas for storylines for the ‘normal guy’ character — we need to wait for the second half in order to get to the real story, with the ‘other guy’ character, and so we bide time with lavishly shot (but very generic-looking) song sequences (music by A. R. Rahman) and a patience-sapping love angle. Shankar’s never been the most sensitive of filmmakers, and there’s never much use in expecting these ‘mass films’ to depict politically correct attitudes (Diya’s suitors reject her because she may not be a virgin) – still, the track with a transgender makeup artist (Ojas M Rajani) made me squirm. Things become slightly better once the focus shifts to the hunchback, but even these portions come with a strong sense of déjà vu. There’s no urgency, no tension, not one surprising moment in the narrative — even the mastermind-villain’s identity is evident from the minute we set eyes on him.

    There’s a hint of subtext in the beauty-and-the-beast premise. I is set largely in the world of advertising, where looks matter, and the biggest suffering one can endure, according to the film, is the loss of these looks. But it’s understandable that these themes aren’t elaborated — no film made on this kind of budget, with gargantuan images from P. C. Sreeram, can afford to traffic in that kind of nuance. What’s surprising though is that even the entertainment aspects are glossed over. There’s a great masala moment that involves undone shoelaces, but elsewhere — in the fights, in the revenge scenarios — there’s a distinct lack of freshness. A story this pulpy should have been way more exciting.

    And moving, too. In over three exhausting hours, we get just one human-sized moment, when Lingesan collapses in the gym due to over-exertion and we sense his desperation to win the championship. Everywhere else, I leaves us with the impression of watching a giant machine grinding away. In films like Mudhalvan, Shankar made us feel for his characters. Here, there’s nothing to make us care — nothing, except Vikram’s performance as the hunchback. Despite the pustules on his face, the swollen lower lip, the horrifying emaciation — the makeup and the physical transformation are both top-notch — he does his darnedest to make us care for the character, using his voice, his eyes. But beyond a point he has nothing to do, nothing to play — he’s all dressed up and he has nowhere to go.


    • Baba 8 years ago

      it has released in hindi in cinemax malegaon which is a pleasant surprise so definitely i am going to see it

  22. aryan 8 years ago

    I Movie Review by Rajeev masand

    Eye for an eye

    The highly anticipated romantic thriller I from visionary Tamil director Shankar is a work of staggering ambition, somewhat weighed down by the filmmaker’s own indulgence. Clocking in at a butt-numbing three hours and six minutes, the film works off a busy story that’s centered on Lingesan (Vikram), a local bodybuilder from Chennai’s KK Nagar, who goes from winning the Mr Tamil Nadu title to winning the attention of his longtime crush, a supermodel named Diya (Amy Jackson).

    Before reaching the long-winded yet predictable love story that inevitably ensues, the first hour of I is unabashed fun. At one point during a brawl between our hero and an army of oiled musclemen, Lingesan proudly lifts two vanquished rivals on both ends of an iron rod like a barbell. In an imaginatively filmed song sequence, nifty special effects are employed to convey our protagonist’s all-consuming obsession with the heroine. What’s not to like? The pace is brisk, the set pieces thrilling, and no apologies are made for the many double meaning jokes provided by our hero’s best friend (Santhanam).

    But all this is just window dressing for what resides at the core of this film – a revenge plot. His relationship with Diya and his new career as a successful model sees Lingesan make a string of enemies who subsequently gang up and ruthlessly disfigure him to teach him a lesson. Now hunchbacked and covered in plum-sized warts, Lingesan will pick them off one by one, dispensing his own brand of fitting justice to his offenders.

    Shankar revisits his favorite theme of customized justice, and indulges his continuing fascination with the idea of ‘one-hero-multiple-avatars’…at one point even giving us a Beauty and the Beast-style dream sequence to drive home the message about beauty being only skin deep. But the last hour of the film is tediously repetitive. The characterization of a transgender stylist is distinctly homophobic, and a key twist can be guessed from a mile away. The film keeps on going even when there’s no surprise or revelation left, until you’re truly and completely exhausted.

    That’s a shame because there’s so much to admire in I, particularly Vikram’s riveting central performance. He brings nuance through accent and body language, and succeeds in making you care for Lingesan even when he’s buried under layers of prosthetics. Veteran cinematographer PC Sreeram puts up quite the show too, filming terrific action scenes like that gravity-defying bike chase on the rooftops of a housing colony in China, and those wondrous eye-popping musical numbers set to AR Rahman’s winning tunes.

    There’s a lesson in I for makers of masala movies everywhere: Big-budget commercial films don’t have to be lazy, mindless enterprises; you can bring big ideas and apply craft. I may be far from perfect, but for the most part it’s pretty entertaining stuff. I’m going with three out of five.

    Rating: 3/5

  23. aryan 8 years ago

    I Public Review

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