Film review : Michael

 Director Ranjit Jeyakodi's gangster flick Michael starring Sundeep Kishan, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Divyanshaa Kaushik hit screens on Feb 3 in three languages.

Michael ( Sundeep Kishan) has a troubled past which leads him to Mumbai as a tween, in the 90's, on the look out to find and kill his father. In the bargain, he meets the city's  dreaded Don Gurunath ( Gautham Menon) and soon becomes an indispensible member of his gang, with even the don's son (Varun Sandesh) baying for his blood.  

One day,  Michael is sent to Delhi to kill a man and his daughter Theera ( Divyansha) for having plotted to kill Guru. But things dont go according to plan and due to a turn of events, Guru now becomes his dreaded enemy. Does Michael survive this war? What more secrets come tumbling out?

Sundeep Kishan has transformed himself into a lean,  mean action machine for the role and when he throws  a punch and fight crowds of baddies he manages to make it look believable, with his body language. Dialogues, are less for him but he makes up in action.  Divyansha captivates your attention,  especially in her intro song.

Gautham Vasudev Menon as the stylish don is all swag and plays his part to perfection,  helped by well designed sets showing his mansion. Varun Sandesh is befittingly cast as the son with an axe to grind. 

The entry of Vijay Sethupathy adds life to the film and his presence as usual,  keeps you glued to the screen.

Ranjit Jeyakodi touch of creating a different color palette and set designs for the gangster saga with the camera and art departments, works well for the film.  Sam CS music and bgm uplifts the scenes and heightens the drama effectively.

But the film seems to have a KGF hangover and the similarities seem to be visible all over.

The violence is too grusome in places and added in copious amounts all through the film. 

The screenplay moves slowly at times and the gangster - revenge saga seems age old, but the techniques of narration, the superb camerawork, sincere performances and a rousing Bgm that elevates the film, work in its favour.

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