This Pongal saw the clash between the movies of Suriya & Vikram, two of the biggest stars of the Tamil film industry who has a strong fan base even in other states. As far as I am concerned, Suriya's "Thaana Serndha Koottam" entertained me & it remains to be seen whether Vikram's "Sketch" could evoke similar emotions. The trailer gave the impression of a typical masala film but is it distinct enough to pose a threat to Suriya's "TSK" ???
The film unfolds in Northern Chennai where Jeeva aka Sketch (Vikram) works for Settu (Hareesh Peradi), who owns a garage & also offers loan for vehicles. As one would expect, Sketch was Settu's favourite henchman as he was the best in the business when it came to seizing vehicles of loan defaulters. It was at this juncture that Shaktivel, the upright cop takes charge in the region to keep tab on the illegal activities of Royapuram Kumar (Baburaj), the local gangster. Incidentally, Settu held a grudge against Kumar as the latter's favourite vintage car once belonged to his father. On the instructions of Settu, Sketch seizes the car & hands it over to the police which infuriates Kumar. But little did Sketch & his friends realise that this incident will change their lives forever.
This was the second directorial venture of Vijay Chandar after "Vaalu" & it offers nothing out of the ordinary for most parts. It was trite to the extent that it seemed like a rehash of the the masala flicks of yesteryears. The humour track was forced while the idea of romance of the director between the lead pair was rather regressive. However, there are a couple of interesting sequences especially the totally unexpected twist in the climax. But they are far & few and fails to salvage the movie despite Vikram's earnest efforts . None of the technical aspects, deserves a special mention be it Sukumar's visuals or Thaman's music.
It's hard to understand as to why Vikram agreed to do this movie as it barely did justice to his acting credentials. It was literally a cakewalk for the veteran & reminded one of "Gemini" at times. Tamannah's role barely had substance while Baburaj & Hareesh Peradi did their parts aptly. The same also applies to Sriman, Vinoth & Vishwanath as well.
Verdict: Apart from the climax, there is nothing in the movie that makes it worth watching. It is surely going to be trumped by Suriya's "TSK" since it wont find much takers, apart from the fans. In short, give it a miss!!!