‘Inkokkadu’ Review

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Movie: Inkokkadu
Banner:
NKR Films
Cast: Vikram, Nayanathara, Nithya Menen, Nasser,Thambi Ramayya .
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography: R D Rajasekhar
Editing: Bhuvan Srinivasan
Producer: Neelam Krishna Reddy
Written and directed by: Anand Shankar
Release date: September 08, 2016

Vikram the man who loves to go to any extent for a role,  once again attempted the role of  transgender in “Inkokkadu”. His transgender look has created a lot stir before the release. Let see weather the movie has matched that expectations?

Story:
Akhilan (Vikram) is an ex RAW agent . The secret agent left the organization as his wife Meera (Nayanathara) was killed by a transgender pharmaceutical mafia don Love (Vikram) four years ago. Akhilan destroys the empire of Love and kills him. Four years later, a group of RAW agents notice that the network of Love has resurfaced. Now, Akhilan is called again for work. Akhilan along with the trainee RAW agent (Nithya Menon) heads to Malaysia to find out about Love. What happens next is the story.

Artistes’ Performances:
Vikram is seen two roles – RAW officer and transgender villain called Love. It is in the role of Love that he has excelled. Although the character lacks novelty, he has delivered the goods. As Akhilan also he pulled off rather comfortably.

Nithya Menon has not to do  except being present in few scenes. Nayanthara has got meaty role and she has carried it off well. Nasser is seen in a regular role.

Technical Excellence: 
Cinematography by R D Rajasekhar is extraordinary. He shot the entire movie with amazing visuals. The film is shot mainly in Malaysia and the beauty of the city in seen in almost every frame .  BGM stands out. Pace of the movie is slow and inconsistent. Action sequences are okay. The film has rich production values.

Highlights:
Vikram’s Love character
Interval twist
Nayanthara
Technical values

Drawback:
Dull first scenes
Boring second half
Lack of consistency in narration
Too many boring moments
Thambi Ramayya comedy track
Streched climax

Analysis:
Vikram is one of the finest actors we have in India, but off late he  developed a weakness for physical appearance  and just blindly doing  “different roles” for the sake of being different.

All of his recent movies were damp squibs and were down by critics and general public for the same reason as he is indulging heavily on make over , makeup-oriented characters forgetting the fact that the movies should have an interesting plot first.

Clearly, “Inkokkadu” proves the same fact, as he seemed to have been fascinated by playing the villain role for the first time. Though the transgender character was impressive we get to see only few interesting aspects in the entire movie, and there was unnecessary focus on the transgender character.

The movie has its own interesting moments but very few. It indeed offers some good action sequences , a very well placed interval bang with a good twist. Anyone who follows  Hollywood thrillers can easily guess the interval twist but still it serves well here. But the movie doesn’t rise from here, instead it starts to slip from  here.

The director fails to build up tension in the moments. Everything is revealed in the very beginning – the identity of villain’s role (Vikram as Love), the Nayanathara’s twist, and the drug that Love has developed. Once it is revealed that the drug is going to be in the hands of bad people, and hero’s mission is to stop this, there is nothing much to expect. Thus the second half turns complete spoild plot. It is complete bore post interval

There is only one song that is interesting – Halena and that is constantly played from the starting to the end. Rest of the songs don’t work. Nithya Menon’s character has no value to the story. The comedy done by Tamil actor Thambi Ramayya is typical Tamil comedy that doesn’t work with Telugu audiences.

Overall, Vikram’s performance as transgender, interval episode, and some scenes work but rest of the movie is quite boring. The director has failed to tell the thriller engagingly.

TeluguDaily Rating:2 Stars (2 / 5)

Bottom-line: Inko Flop!