Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Radhika Apte, Rohit Saraf, Yogita Bihani
Director: Pushkar- Gayatri
Even if a remake is overflowing with style and swag, it is still a remake. Vikram Vedha, Pushkar, and Gayatri's remake of their own 2017 Tamil mega hit, also titled, is a hearty mass entertainer that packs quite a punch, but it lacks the original's flair. Discard that thought and adjust your expectations accordingly. Here's Vikram Vedha review for you.
Direction: The directorial team profits handsomely from the movie's carefully selected resources by working with a storyline that has previously paid off and relying on two Bollywood stars who offer good performances.
Story: They are able to create a film that not only does not seem like an all-too-frequent exercise but also has the potential to draw audiences thanks to minor changes in the plot, a significant change in the scenery, and Hindi speech that alternates between the conversational and philosophical.
Performances: With a cast of people circling the cop and the criminal and playing incisive mind games with them, Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan engage in an attrition war that is full of intrigue and energy. In contrast to the planned din, the two male stars both give performances that stand out.
Characters: The actors are helped in overcoming the stereotypical nature of the two men - one a policeman, the other an urban brigand; one on the side of good, the other against it - by the unusual circumstances and the ethical and emotional dilemmas that the screenplay centers on. The characters are fleshed out from a centuries-old folktale and set in contemporary Lucknow.
Locations: Vikram Vedha has a distinct color scheme thanks to a new setting—Lucknow serves as a wonderfully evocative backdrop to the fast-paced crime drama. Despite being long, it never feels draggish or slow. Both the technicians and the writers share in that credit (the directors themselves).
If analogies must be drawn, however hateful they may be, Saif Ali Khan portrays Vikram much more effectively. He embodies the tough cop persona with conviction and conveys the outside harshness that characterizes the man and his purpose.
Hrithik Roshan uses his star appeal and on-screen presence to deliver the goods and then some, refusing to model his performance after that of Vijay Sethupathi. Vijay Sethupathi is so unique that it is nearly hard to surpass him. Roshan doesn't even try, which works well for him.
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The performers in the supporting roles a little bit suffer because the movie is powered by two big Bollywood stars. Nevertheless, Radhika Apte, filling in for Shraddha Srinath as Vikram's lawyer-wife, Satyadeep Mishra, portrays Vikram's police academy classmate SSP Abbas Ali (replacing Simon from the Tamil film), and Sharib Hashmi, playing Vedha's enemy-turned-friend-turned-foe Babloo, all contribute to the movie.
Vedha's younger brother and the girl in his life, respectively, as portrayed by Yogita Bihani and Rohit Saraf, don't seem to have the same emotional resonance that Kathir and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar did in the corresponding roles in the 2017 film. These, however, are merely blips in an intense, gripping action thriller that understands exactly what it is getting at and masterfully accomplishes its goals.