Vikram Vedha Review: The Hrithik-Saif Kind of Remake Is What We Are Vouching For!
Vikram Vedha Review: Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in Vikram Vedha compliment each other to shine bright in an enjoyable remake of the 2017 Tamil film of the same title.
Disclaimer: Your views about the remake version can be influenced by your opinion of the original version. It is because the Hindi remake of Vikram Vedha can give you the space to make distinctions between the original and the remake version. However, the Pushkar and Gayatri-directed Hindi version differs from the Tamil version due to a taut storyline, impressive action, and some comedy scenes.
The theme of Vikram Vedha is loosely based on the folktale of Vikram-Betaal. In the film, Vikram (Saif Ali Khan) plays the role of a Special Task Force (STF) officer, while Vedha (Hrithik Roshan) is a gangster roaring over Lucknow.
In their cat-and-mouse chase, the duo comes face to face thrice. However, Vedha manages to run after posing a riddle to Vikram about the reevaluation of right and wrong. Notably, the riddle answers help Vikram solve the cases he is working on. To surround this beautifully layered folktale script lies an assortment of slick fight scenes, action sequences, and everyone’s favourite Hrithik’s sassy dancing moves.
The Samurai Jack-inspired animated opening sequence sets the storyline quite nicely before taking you to Lucknow. The plot framing allows the screenplay to retain the earthy touch of the script. Vikram Vedha starts on a somewhat disjointed note as the first 25 minutes seem scrappy. However, the entry of Vedha kicks the story into a high gear mode. The plots of Saif and Hrithik are crackling, and their originality lies in the dialogue the duo share with each other.
The action scenes give you adventurous feelings as Hrithik brings his own swag and style in Vedha character originally played by Vijay Sethupati. Hrithik’s role in the movie is more fluid, less amateur, but sometimes less imposing.
The film’s bottom line is that it retains its originality by amusing the viewers. The director duo Pushkar and Gayatri have managed to choreograph and execute action scenes in the Hindi version beautifully. The missing shots fired even from a close range from Kalashnikov rifles kicks in the nostalgia of 90s movies.
Other Aspects of Vikram Vedha
Vikram Vedha succeeds by cleverly balancing its two-hero nature. As we usually find in film, there is a cop and a gangster where the latter walks away with all whistles. In such films, the flawed characters are shown as enigmatic. However, the Pushkar and Gayatri scripted film ensures to give Vikram his true space as well. The film provides equal importance to both sides so that none of the actors overshadows the other.
Saif Ali Khan, just as his look in Sacred Games, utilizes his talent very well by stamping his authority on all of his scenes. Similarly, in scenes where the duo is seen together, neither of them outshines the other.
Besides the duo, the supporting cast, particularly Radhika Apte and Sharib Hashmi nails their performance. Radhika’s role as Vikram’s wife, Priya, is highly commendable as she defines a clear line between personal and professional life.