I Movie Review


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Production: Aascar Films
Cast: Amy Jackson, Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel, Vikram
Direction: Shankar
Screenplay: Shankar
Story: Shankar
Music: A. R. Rahman
Background score: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: P. C. Sreeram
Dialogues: Shankar, Subha
Editing: Anthony
Art direction: T Muthuraj
Stunt choreography: Anal Arasu, Peter Ming
Dance choreography: Shobi
Lyrics: Kabilan, Madhan Karky
PRO: Nikhil Murugan
Distribution: Aascar Films

Plot :
The opening shot depicts a hunchback(Vikram) kidnapping Diya(Amy Jackson). Slowly the story unveils as to how Vikram becomes the hunchback. Lingesan, played by Vikram, is an aspiring body builder who strives to become Mr. Tamil Nadu. While he is focused to realize his long term dream, he meets Amy Jackson and gets blown away by her beauty. He falls in love with Amy and also realizes that she is one of the top most professional in the modelling industry.

Circumstances change and in the verge of losing her career Diya convinces Lingesan to do modelling. Having no other option to woo his lady-love, Vikram gives up on his dream and changes his name from Lingesan to Lee. Gradually, Amy too falls for Lee and the two make plans for their future which promises to be ever so colorful.

In an interesting twist, things go horribly wrong as all that colour and glitz is forcibly extracted from Vikram’s life. But not everything is lost for the antagonist, what he does to regain something similar to his lost dream forms the rest of the movie.

Performances :
Vikram excels throughout the movie and his years of dedication just to make the movie that much more interesting is apparent. Amy Jackson too has done justice to her role which is very much a part of the movie unlike many other Tamil movies. Suresh Gopi and Ramkumar’s acting skills are utilized really well while Upen Patel could’ve showcased much more emotions for the role demands it.

Technicalities :
As disclosed earlier, I is a technically brilliant movie. While all VFX used are executed almost perfectly, PC Sreeram’s camera work supporting such graphics stands out and has an international appeal to it. AR Rahman’s background score will definitely add accolades to his never ending list of awards. T Muthuraj as an art director might receive many awards for I in the near future. Anthony’s editing could’ve been even more crispier.

Verdict : 3/5

I Advance Booking Started!


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Vikram’s I directed by Shankar with Amy Jackson as the female lead is gearing up for worldwide release this 14th in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages.

Produced by Venu Ravichandran on his Aascar Films banner, I is being distributed by Supergood Films in Telangana and Andhra. With only two days left for release, I advance booking started in major cities.

Coming to the list of theaters, I makers have released a list of around 183+ theaters in Nizam including 60 in Hyderabad, 117 in districts and more to be added.

In its native Tamil Nadu, I is expected to hit more than 400 screens, as Vishal’s Aambala and GV Prakash’s Darling has shared the remaining screens there.

Kerala has the second largest count with 335 theaters, while 400+ in USA: 173[Tamil], 163 [Telugu] and 71 [Hindi], whereas 20 theaters in Texas.

Controlling hunger during ‘I’ shoot was challenging: Vikram


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Actor Vikram, who lost about nearly 50 percent of his original body weight to play one of the roles in forthcoming Tamil magnum opus “I”, found it tough to control his urge to eat.

“It was extremely difficult to control hunger. It drove me crazy,” Vikram told.

In “I”, which is directed by Shankar, the 48-year-old actor plays dual role of a body builder and a hunchbacked disfigured man.

“For the role of the bodybuilder, I had to beef up and work out extensively in the gym to have a muscular body. I could’ve easily achieved that with the help of steroids, but I avoided it despite being wooed into using it by professionals,” he said.

“It was for the role of the disfigured man that I lost nearly half of my original body weight. Shankar never wanted me to lose weight for this role but I did it anyways. I had to control my hunger to achieve the desired look. I literally survived on fluids,” he added.

Vikram admits there were instances he couldn’t control his hunger.

“I completely stopped going out during the course of the shoot as we wanted to keep the look a secret. Since I spent most of my time at home, I was tempted to scarf down homemade food, especially biryani,” he said.

“Some days I ended up eating in the middle of the night. I would eat anything that I found in the fridge. I just couldn’t control my hunger,” he added.

Also starring Amy Jackson, Upen Patel and Suresh Gopi, “I” releases in cinemas worldwide Wednesday. It is touted to be the most expensive Tamil film.

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