Iru Mugan is an explosive action thriller, the major parts of which have you excited and some minor portions of which leave you exhausted. But what matters is whether the film entertains and to that question, the answer can only be an unequivocal yes!
Vikram has a reputation for giving his 100 per cent when it comes to playing a character and his work in this film too only goes on to enhance that reputation. In fact, the man is so good as both RAW officer Akilan and drug manufacturer Love, that it is hard to pick one over the other.
Nayanthara appears in phases in the film but still manages to grab attention, thanks to her charm. Nithya Menon‘s character doesn’t have much to do but she plays her part so gracefully that it is unlikely that her part will go unnoticed. Thambi Ramaiah, who plays the role of a Malaysian cop, plays his part well and with ease.
The first half of the film is racy, sleek and exciting. The second part is by and large interesting, sometimes boring and at other times, downright annoying. At times, logic goes missing. That coupled with some predictable portions don’t help the director’s cause.
Nevertheless, director Anand Shankar needs to be congratulated for a number of things. First among these is the way he highlights the actual equation that exists between fear, strength and power. Contrary to public perception, Anand Shankar shows that fear, if harnessed properly, can enable one to generate exceptional strength and thereby gain immense power. His story is a decent one and his narration is even better. Anand Shankar wins brownie points for all of these.
Adding strength to Anand Shankar’s story is cameraman R D Rajasekhar whose visuals are literally breath taking. The lighting is just perfect on most occasions and the visuals are a treat to watch. Vikram’s performance and Rajashekar’s visuals by themselves are good enough reasons for anyone to watch Irumugan. There is nothing exceptional about Harris Jayaraj‘s music, which is just about okay but then, the sound engineers seem to have done an amazing job.
There may be a few lapses here and there but on the whole, Iru Mugan, like what the title suggests, has two faces and both are a treat to watch!