Star hero Suriya, who is waiting for a solid hit from the past few years has come up with a Tamil film called Thananaa Serndha Kootam. Directed by Vignesh Shivan, this film has released as ‘Gang’ in Telugu today. Let’s see whether this film gives Suriya his much-needed hit or not.
Uttam Das(Suriya) is a young man whose dreams of becoming a CBI officer are shattered by some corrupted officials. Upset with this, he himself forms his own gang and starts riding the businesses of big shots as a fake CBI officer. To nab Uttam, a special cop(Karthick) is appointed by the government. The rest of the story is as to how Uttam Das manages to dodge the CBI officials and comes out successfully.
Plus Points :
Suriya, who is already a proved actor has given an impressive performance in his role of a fake CBI officer. His dialogue delivery and mannerisms during crunch scenes look decent.
Keerthy Suresh looks cute and did the best in her limited screen presence. Yesteryear heroine, Ramya Krishna gives a natural performance and is a perfect support to Suriya. Actor Karthik is good as a tough CBI officer.
A few social issues related to corruption have been showcased in an interesting manner. Comedian RJ Balaji evokes few laughs here and there. The entire crew in Suriya’s gang did justice to their given roles.
Though the film is narrated in an entertaining way during the first half, it lacks proper depth in certain crucial areas during the later part. A few robbery scenes have not been dealt in a proper manner.
There is a heavy Tamil flavor which looks odd most of the times. The climax episode looks a bit over the top and is rushed completely. The love track between the lead pair does not generate the necessary effect.
Though the basic plot is inspired by the Bollywood film Special 26, director Vignesh Shivan has made enough changes to suit the taste of the South audience. His narration is good but he should have taken proper care in writing an engaging screenplay during the second half.
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is good as he kept the film’s narration short and crisp. Cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan is impressive as he succeeded in bringing the 80’s feel to the film. Music by Anirudh is a big let down as none of his songs are decent to listen. Production values for this big budget film are good.
On the whole, Gang is an impressive story of a conman with decent moments at regular intervals. The engaging first half, realistic setup and good performances make things quite interesting for the audience. But the film lacks proper depth during the second half and has heavy Tamil flavor. If you are okay with the above-said things and are looking out for something different than the regular commercial flicks, this film ends up as a decent watch this weekend.