1. Mersal movie review: Vijay fans must be very happy

Mersal movie review: Vijay fans must be very happy

Vijay fans must be very happy. There are three Vijays in his new film, all shaped, contoured and moulded into red-hot come-see-about-me avatars.

By: | Published: October 22, 2017 4:50 PM
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Film: “Mersal”;

Language: Tamil;

Director: Atlee;

Cast: Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen, Kajal Aggarwal, Sathyaraj;

Rating:***(3 stars)

Vijay fans must be very happy. There are three Vijays in his new film, all shaped, contoured and moulded into red-hot come-see-about-me avatars. So, three stars for the eminently enjoyable new Vijay starrer — one each for the three roles that the superstar embraces like lovers who won’t be parted till kingdom come. Or apocalypse dodged.

Indeed, Vijay’s self-love is celebrated by the rest of the besotted smitten cast who in true Tamil-Telugu tradition of hero-worship keep anointing eulogizing, glorifying and iconising the super-hero to a point where no criticism is permissible or even plausible.

While the entire vast cast that includes three lovely leading ladies (all three so serene and surrounding in a haze of idolatry numbness), can’t stop singing Vijay’s praise, he himself seems to be a fanA of the legendary M.G. Ramachandran. How do I know? He has MGR’s pictures on the wall and he even visits a theatre showing an MGR film.

Jayalalithaji — God bless her departed soul — would have surely approved of this, Vijay’s most fiercely political statement to date.

A simmering discontent runs through “Mersal”, cutting through the action-driven entertainment that Vijay’s devotees expect, and get. A piercing scream of protest punctuated by tender bouts of songs and poetry when A.R. Rahman takes over for a bit. Plus, a surprisingly sermon-free diatribe on medical negligence in our country, last seen in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Anand” and “Bemisal”.

Director Atlee fashions a furious fusion of headlines and fantasy accentuating Vijay’s star power with an acumen and alacrity that the Rajinikanth starrer “Kabali” achieved lately.

Indeed, Rajiniknath and now Vijay are the two inheritors of the Tamil political cinema that MGR patented in his hey-days. In “Mersal”, Vijay takes on healthcare with a blood-thirsty vengeance. There are aggressive contemptuous references to the establishment’s failure to provide medical facilities for the poor and needy.

And we have Vijay wagging his disapproving finger at the Prime Minister with the words — and I translate poorly — “In Singapore, the ill get free treatment although they charge 7 per cent GST, whereas in India they charge 29 per cent GST and still don’t provide free healthcare.”

I dare any Bollywood superstar, say Akshay Kumar whose heart apparently bleeds for the poor and the underprivileged, to be so openly critical of governmental policies. It takes guts for a matinee idol to talk politics.

Not that “Mersal” is submerged in its own political virtuousness. Not at all! It is remarkable how rapidly the narrative moves through the lacquered lives of three Vijays, their loves and lies, grunts and sighs are all recorded with a reverberant triumph culminating in a feverish finish that would leave the matinee idol’s fans craving for more.

And even if you are not a Vijay fan, “Mersal” won’t leave you wondering what all the fuss is about.

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    vk
    Oct 23, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    First of all why is Mr. Vijay hides his full name and uses the non anglicized version when he is baptized with the different name. Are you purposely hiding your religion or you think you have more appeal with a Hindu name. What is this nonsense that if one points it out it becomes religious. If it is not religious than why he doesn't use his full name. Is he not doing it for biased reasons.
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    1. Vivek Nair
      Oct 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm
      Like any human beings, I too would like to get free stuff from the Government. More the better. But let us look at the comments logically and check if they are reasonable. Vijay is stating that Singapore has 7 GST and it provides free medical care. The first part of the statement is correct but the second part is not. Singapore does not provide free medical care, but it is subsidized. Depending on a person’s monthly ry there are different rates of subsidies applied. People with no income, such as retirees or housewives, will have their subsidy rate pegged to the value of their homes. Please check out the details, Healthcare in Singapore - Wikipedia. Another problem with this argument is the connections made between the GST and the medical care. Is the GST only tax collected by the Singapore government. They also have the income tax. 31 of the Singaporeans pay income tax. Do you know how many Indians pay income tax? 1.5 (not fifteen but one point five percent).
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      1. Vivek Nair
        Oct 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm
        As for Vijay Dalapathi, it is too much talk for someone who evades tax paying. : thehindu /news/it-raids-on-premises-of-actors-vijay-nayanthara-samantha-ends/article7712720.ece
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        1. Vivek Nair
          Oct 23, 2017 at 12:49 pm
          www (dot) thehindu (dot) com/news/it-raids-on-premises-of-actors-vijay-nayanthara-samantha-ends/article7712720.ece
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        Lucian DSilva
        Oct 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm
        ALSO where is the money earned on Petrol Bonanza i.e. SAVING SUBSIDY OF Rs.20/- per litre PLUS earning Rs.20/- per litre totalling to Rs.40/- earning per petroleum products X number of litre per day sold imagine the amount can reach upto 100 crores per day or may be per hour earning - whooping indeed. WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING ?
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          ramesh
          Oct 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm
          Subrahmaniyan swamy is the most dirtiest citizen of india who created the ideology of recent hatred politics and my personal openion is to execute him as capital punishmnet because he dont deserve to live......
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          1. Bala Raju
            Oct 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm
            Firstly its silly , very silly to compare Singapore and India , Singapore is like a very very small city , its not even a country . India has huge population . Bringing GST here is again very silly and immature . Compare India with Brazil or China , and then we can talk , better compare with Brazil as China has no democracy . Do no please fool Indians , also change cannot be brought overnight . We want to do nothing and we want everything to change in no time , nobody want to pay tax , want cheap petrol and want everything free , how it is possible . No we have a Honest government and we are talking badly about them , why no guts to talk about UPA Govt . Now top level corruption is removed , but low level corruption by ordinary citizens will take decades to remove . Tamil Nadu has highest corruption , both parties in big corruption , Chennai IPL team removed due to corruption and still this guy cannot talk about them and want to target PM .Shame on all who made this movie
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              Mansur shamil
              Oct 23, 2017 at 12:10 am
              India is big.vast in population 28 gst so Indian govt is getting lot of money.bcz 125cr people payin gst...then where's d in money going....Bala Raju dnt b foolish...superstar vj is 100 right
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                Aswin kumar
                Oct 23, 2017 at 11:15 am
                Absolutely right. The tax payers in foreign countries gives the percentage of areas where their money is spent. They provide the trust and belief that the money is not wasted or looted. First bring the trust label and everything will fall in place and no one will talk about gst matter of fact any action taken by the government will be trusted. But do you think we have the trust ??
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                  Lucian DSilva
                  Oct 23, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                  Also where is the money earned on Petrol Bonanza i.e. SAVING SUBSIDY OF Rs.20/- per litre PLUS earning Rs.20/- per litre totalling to Rs.40/- earning per petroleum products X number of litre per day sold imagine the amount can reach upto 100 crores per day or may be per hour earning - whooping indeed. WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING ?
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                  Shah
                  Oct 23, 2017 at 11:16 am
                  Mr Bala Raju, An employee in India pays the income tax then why is he asked to pay again the taxes even on a daily need ??? An en y too pays the taxes . Every one is speaking about the taxes not about the government. We need some brain and common sense over here.
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                    Shah
                    Oct 23, 2017 at 11:19 am
                    Also a point to be added what are we getting free in return??? Even health and daily needs are to be taken care by ourselves !!!
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