Banner: Sun TV pictures
Cast: Vijay, Pooja Hegde, Yogi Babu, VTV Ganesh and others
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Head of Photography: Manoj Paramahamsa
Editor: R Nirmal
Producer: Kalanithi Maran
Written and directed by: Nelson
Release Date: April 13, 2022
Vijay’s “Beast” has created a lot of hype even in the Telugu market for various reasons. Vijay has recently gained popularity in Telugu, and two songs from this film have gone viral, and the film features Pooja Hegde as the heroine. “Beast” hit theaters today amid high expectations.
Let’s find out how it’s done.
Veera Raghava (Vijay), a RAW agent, suffers from trauma after being betrayed by her own team. Months later, he meets Preethi (Pooja Hegde) in Chennai.
Surprisingly, she takes the initiative to vacate on the spot and quickly helps him get a job at a security agency.
Veera Raghava, Preethi and the head of the security agency go to the East Coast mall to get a contract for the security of the mall, they learn that it has been hijacked by terrorists.
The terrorists’ demand is that the government release a feared terrorist from prison. How Veera Raghava thwarts their efforts forms the rest of the story.
Vijay as a RAW agent looks slimmer, slimmer and stylish. He is fantastic in the first half, mostly underplaying his character and is part of the story. But he has also shown his dancing skills in the ‘Habibu’ song.
Pooja Hegde gets a raw material. Aside from 15 minutes in the initial servings, she does not have much to do.
VTV Ganesh’s certain comedy dialogues are good. Director Selva Raghavan plays the role of a serious police officer. Other actors do not make the big impact.
Manoj Paramahamsa’s setting gives the film a rich expression. The film’s story takes place mostly in a mall, and the scenography looks perfect.
Anirudh Ravichander’s two songs (the film has only one song in the narrative, one at the end) are captivating. His background score is effective.
The beginning portions
Halemithu Habibu sang
Sounds silly many times
The action in “Beast” is straightforward: A raw agent that prevents terrorists from succeeding with their hijacking plan. In general, our Indian directors pack any action thriller with a regular mass element: four or five songs, a romantic number, and a comedy number when a superstar is in the lead role. But recent releases have proven that our instructors are also slowly coming out of this template.
So does director Nelson in “Beast.” Despite having Vijay as the hero, he has focused on the main plot with little or no deviation from it and has avoided other elements. That’s the remarkable positive part of the film.
The film has only two songs, and the super-hit “Habibu” song appears in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the film, and the usual romantic sequences involving hero and heroine end there as well. From there, the focus remains on the hijacking, the hero’s attempt to save the hostages and his clever plans.
Almost 80% of the story takes place inside the mall. In the super-hot Netflix web series, “Money Heist,” the similar drama looked captivating because of the interesting characters and characteristics.
Despite the same background, “Beast” does not engage us for three important reasons: 1) the hero has been established as a powerful ‘beast’ who can get his mission right at any cost, 2) the villain looks too weak for a powerful Vijay, and 3) the comfortable situations in the second half.
The comedy dialogues of VTV Ganesh work at first, but after a while they become repetitive. Other jokes do not really fit with a story like this. The motives of the terrorists and the efforts of the government are too predictable, as we have seen in many films. So the rather simple narrative does not hold our attention as it progresses.
The first half of the film can be seen for its surroundings, the “Habibu” song and the introductory whimsical presentation. But there is also no marked difference in the latter part. The flipped script written by Nelson is the main problem. The last servings look ridiculous to say the least.
The director’s attempt to make it ‘cool’ has completely turned the film around!
On the whole, Vijay rescues the hostages, but he fails to save the film as the writing and execution in the last part of the film is poor.
Bottom line: Roast
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