Verdict: Chiyaan Vikram all the way!
Inkokkadu is a Telugu movie, and a dubbed version of a Tamil movie titled Iru Mugan, which released simultaneously across the world. Directed by Anand Shankar, who earlier made Arima Nambi, this is his second movie as the captain of the ship. Expectations rose high when the trailer of the movie is released as we see Chiyaan Vikram depicting dual characters with mesmerizing makeup and excellent acting. Added to it are the exotic locales of Malaysia that make the visual experience even better. Did they meet the expectations? Let’s see.
Akhilan (Vikram) is an ex-cop RAW agent who is suspended for four years due to his ruthless treatment with the enemy. However, he is once again assigned a task of finding the miscreants who are involved in the bombing of Indian embassy in Malaysia. He is assisted by Aarushi (Nithya Menen) who gets newly appointed as an undercover RAW agent. They go together on a mission to find the miscreants and soon Aarushi discovers that Akhilan is quite violent on his job. She then learns that Akhilan lost his wife Halena (Nayanathara) due to the same gang that is involved in the current terror activities. This gang is led by a cruel and dreaded person named Love (Vikram). Did Akhilan succeed in eliminating Love? Is there any other twist and turns in the plot? To know all these, you will have to watch Inkokkadu.
Chiyaan Vikram plays the roles of Akhilan and Love, and has given a breath-taking performance that can easily be compared to his earlier blockbuster Aparachithudu. There is no match for his acting skills and he is a school by himself. For sure, he will again be the main contender for all the awards in the best actor category this year. Nayanathara is beautiful as Halena and has given a riveting performance. She played the character to the tee. Nithya Menen, who plays Aarushi, is good and has done justice to her role. Thambi Ramaiah was able to bring some laughter on screen as Muthiah. Nassar, Bala, Karunakaran and Riythvika were adequate in the roles they enacted.
The story, the screenplay and the direction were done by Anand Shankar and he excelled in all the areas. The narration is crystal clear without any confusion. Music and background score by Harris Jayaraj is, as usual, mind-blowing. Added to that is the magnificent photography by R.D. Rajashekar. He has portrayed Malaysia in a lively way and all the visuals looked grand. Editing by Bhuvan Srinivasan is neat. Production values are great.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Exceptional acting abilities of Chiyaan Vikram, wonderful direction, great visuals, excellent songs and terrific background score make Inkokkadu a perfect package to audience craving for a perfect commercial pot-boiler. Go for it, you will not be disappointed.
-By Ajay Mudunuri