Cast: Karthi, Raashii Khanna, Laila, Rajisha Vijayan, Rithvik, Chunkey Pandey
Cinematography: George C. Williams
Music Composer: GV Prakash
Producer: S. Lakshman Kumar
Written & Directed by PS Mithran
Karthi delivered a rural drama with Viruman and a historical fiction with Ponniyin Selvan 1. Both became box office successes for him while PS1 is an All-Time Blockbuster for Tamil Cinema. Karthi has decided to deliver a spy thriller, Sardar to make it hat-trick at box office in three unique genres. PS Mithran who made Irumhu Thirai/ Abhimanyudu and Hero before, directed this film. Raashii Khanna and Laila acted in this film with Rajisha Vijayan and Chunkey Pandey. Let’s discuss about the film.
Vijay Prakash (Karthi) is a police officer who believes in being a “trending topic” on social media. From young age Shalini (Raashii Khanna) and Vijay have an attraction but they don’t officially become a couple. Vijay wants to rub off “traitor’s son” image as he is the Son of Double Agent Spy or Terrorist Sardar (Karthi). Retired RAW officials try to activate and bring Sardar to India to fight against Maharaj (Chunkey Pandey) who desires to make water as a commodity from resource. His One Nation One Pipeline project needs to be stopped. Will Sardar come back? If he does, how will he stop Maharaj? Can Vijay unleash all past secrets of his father to prove his innocence? Watch the movie to know more…
Karthi delivers yet another time with his performance. He stuns with his screen presence and performance as Sardar in older get-up and even brings great difference to both the characters without changing much. His performance is a big highlight to the film. Rajisha Vijayan looked cute and Raashii Khanna played her serious role, really well. Laila did not seem perfect but she did well. Ritvik carried a heavy role quiet well for a kid and Chunkey Pandey got a role that suits his talent.
PS Mithran managed to stick to the story and did not over-stuff his screenplay like Hero. His choices to cut to parallels with two Karthi characters, past – present action sequences make the done-to-death spy thriller movie exciting and fresh. Yet, few sequences lack the edge of the seat intensity while they do not fail to engage. The social cause doesn’t feel too generic or simple and research by the director and his set of writers is appreciable. GV Prakash Kumar delivers better background score than songs. Sound design and Production design needs to be given huge round of applause for creating believable ambiance. Action sequences could have been much better while Editing by Ruben is praise-worthy. Screenplay could have been tighter and more edgy. On the whole, movie engages you throughout and delivers a big screen experience.
Strong message and social awareness
Karthi’s performance in Dual Role
Strong Lady roles
Fresh Narrative choices
Uneven Starting portion
Sllightly rushed climax
Bottom line: “Spy-cy” Thriller!