Films of India
Director Shankar is known for his mega budget movies and his latest venture I is as big as it gets. But this time he seems to have taken a rare misstep. ‘I’ tells the tale of Lingesan (Vikram), a body builder who lusts after a famous model Diya (Amy Jackson) to the extent that he simply has to purchase every item she models be it bras of sanitary napkins. Meanwhile Diya is busy repulsing the advances of another model John (played by Upen Patel) . Things work out in such a way that Lingesan gets a chance to shoot a commercial with Diya who starts using him as a tool to get rid of John. The scenario gets complicated when Lingesan miffs a rich businessman even as a trans-gender keeps trying to woo him. The story then falls into a predictable and dull rut salvaged only by Vikram’s performance. Vikram shines in his three avatars - the bodybuilder, the model and the hunchback but the hunchback does have a tendency to gross-out most viewers. The rest of the cast doesn’t really deliver much performance-wise but Amy looks pretty enough to warrant Vikram’s infatuation with her. The real fault lies in the script. Shankar’s special touch seems grossly lacking even though he puts up a brilliant looking film. A R Rahman’s music and the song sequences manage to break the monotony but with a run time of over three hours, I feels strained. Overall, I feels like a massive let-down partly due to the fact that expectations were sky high. It deserves not more than two stars.