Release date: September 08, 2016
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
GreatAndhra Rating: 2.5/5
TELUGU360 Rating 2.25/5
Gulte Rating : 2.5/5
Banner: NKR Films.
Cast: Vikram, Nayanathara, Nithya Menen, Nasser, Ritwika and others.
Music: Harris Jayaraj.
Cinematography: R D Rajasekhar.
Editing: Bhuvan Srinivasan.
Producer: Neelam Krishna Reddy.
Written and directed by: Anand Shankar.
Akhilan (Vikram) is an officer in RAW. The secret agent left the organization as his wife Meera (Nayanathara) was killed by a transgender pharmaceutical mafia don Love (Vikram) four years ago. Akhilan destroys the empire of Love and kills him. Four years later, a group of RAW agents notice that the network of Love has resurfaced. Now, Akhilan is called again for work. Akhilan along with trainee RAW agent (Nithya Menon) heads to Malaysia to find out about Love. What happens next is the story.
Vikram has donned two roles – RAW officer and transgender villain called Love. It is in the role of Love that he has excelled. Although the character lacks dum, he has delivered the goods.
Nithya Menon has not much role except being present in his mission. Nayanthara has got meaty role and she has carried it off well. Nasser is seen in a regular role.
Rich cinematography by R D Rajasekhar is the main highlight. He shot the entire movie with beautiful visuals. The film is shot mainly in Malaysia and the city is captured well. Of the songs, “Halena” works. Background score is good. Pace of the movie is slow and inconsistent. Action sequences are okay. The film has rich production values.
Vikram’s Love character
Dull first scenes
Boring second half
Lack of consistency in narration
Too many boring moments
Thambi Ramayya comedy track
Lengthy drawn out climax..
Audience surely will be excited to see Vikram vs. Vikram in Inkokkadu as Rajini vs. Rajini (Robo), Ajith vs. Ajith (Vaali) and Suriya vs. Suriya (24) were all memorable confrontations. Anand Shankar roped in the talented actor for both the protagonist and antagonist characters and has written an interesting characterization for the villain. Sadly, his innovation and imagination ended there as he couldn’t make the most of this awesome confrontation.
The plot is nothing new as we have seen many thrillers with similar concepts before. Only exciting thing about Inkokkadu was the Vikram vs. Vikram duel. Unfortunately there isn’t a single scene where Vikram gets a chance to put his mastery at display. The actor is so talented and versatile that he has made the ordinary writing work with his superb performance. However his talent alone couldn’t save this below average script.
First half of the film shows some promise with the introduction of characters and the Speed drug making an impact. Interval scene is also well done and raises hopes on the second half. Director made a mess of it in the second hour with many unwanted scenes. Even the much awaited climax duel of the Vikrams didn’t click due to bad execution. One could not help but only feel sorry for Vikram as he has been investing a lot of hard work into bad films.
First half of Inkokkadu/Iru Mugan is OK with decent story establishment and action episodes. It is the second half that totally spoils the show. Overall, Inkokkadu is yet another disappointing fare from talented actor Vikram. One can wait for DVD. The box office prospects look very bleak.