Verdict: Bigil serves both action and emotions in the right amount.

Director Atlee Kumar joins hands with Thalapathy Vijay for the third time with Bigil, an action-sports drama. The film also stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Vivek, Daniel Balaji, Yogi Babu, Indhuja, Reba John, and Varsha Bollamma among many other amazing artists. Bigil is produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesha and Kalpathi S. Suresh under the banner ‘AGS Entertainment’. The film’s music is composed by A R Rahman while G K Vishnu handles the cinematography and Ruben takes care of the editing department.

What’s Bigil About:

Michael aka Bigil (Vijay) is the son of do-gooder and don Rayappan (Vijay). He is a talented footballer who has the chance to be part of the Indian football team, a path that his father wants him to choose. However, a gruesome incident makes Bigil change his mind and follow his father’s ways. His girlfriend Angel (Nayanthara) becomes a silent spectator to his change. Seven years later, another unexpected event makes Bigil take up the role of a football coach to the Tamil Nadu state women’s football team, which his friend Kathir (Kathir) was handling. However, he has a few hurdles to cross – from befriending the girls in the team to winning games. How Bigil takes up these challenges is the crux of the movie.

What Works:

Vijay shines throughout the movie and how! His swag and ‘verithanam’ is such a treat to watch. Atlee has molded him yet again to the star his fans love to watch. Nayanthara looks pretty as ever and her chemistry with Vijay is amazing. The girls who form the football team – especially Varsha, Indhuja, Reba and Amritha Aiyer – get meaty roles. They have also managed to showcase some decent footballing skills. It is interesting to watch famous Indian female footballer Tanvi Hans on screen as well. A R Rahman‘s music is a rage. Songs like Verithanam and Singa Penney with their excellent videos are sure to give you goosebumps. The action is well choreographed. The football scenes, although dramatic at places, are close to perfect. Jackie Shroff has done a good job as well. It is fun watching Vivek on screen after so long, doing what he does best – comedy. What makes Bigil even more gripping is its emotions. The movie also has all the elements a Vijay fan would want to see and they are delivered with style. On the whole, Bigil is an excellent and wholesome entertainer.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Although it’s entertaining, Bigil lacks depth. It is a movie dedicated to women but it’s not a women’s movie, rather it only cares for its hero-worshipping. Nayanthara doesn’t have enough space to perform while Vijay‘s Rayappan doesn’t convince you much as an old man with stammering issues. The first half of the movie is a typical Vijay movie plot and does not have much to offer but it picks up in the second half as the sports angle comes into the picture. There are clichés and predictable sequences like the cold war between the team and coach, unfair refereeing decisions, and so on. The uncanny similarity to Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak De India cannot be ignored. The VFX could have been better too. The movie yet fares as a good entertainer.

Why You Should Watch:

Bigil is never going to disappoint you if you are a Vijay fan. There are many whistle-worthy scenes and dialogues that give you goosebumps. Bigil is an out-and-out entertainer with emotions, drama, action and romance in place. Book your tickets to feel the ‘verithanam’.