Cast: Suriya, Keerthy Suresh, Ramya Krishna, Brahmanandham, and Others
Writing and Direction: Vignesh Shivan
Producer: KE Gnanvel Raja and Suriya
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematographer: Dinesh Krishnan
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Banner: Studio Green, 2D Entertainments, and UV Creations
Release Date: January 12th, 2018
It’s tricky retelling a story that many have watched on television and digital platforms. Four years after Special 26 comes this adaptation that contextualizes the con-drama for a Tamil-Telugu milieu. The gang takes us to the 80s when bylanes in Tamil Nadu had boards of Kamal Haasan’s fan clubs, people quoted dialogues from Nayakan, vendors sold Gold Spot and a CBI officer could be driving a Fiat Premier Padmini.
The 80s were marked with angst; unemployment drove educated youngsters into desperation. Gang, the Telugu version of Thaana Serndha Koottam, is set in this pre-liberalisation era (there’s also a reference to the colas that will take over Gold Spot), and touches upon serious issues through a masala-laced film where the lead actor and his gang are thoroughly enjoying the parts they play. The icing on the cake is Suriya dubbing for the first time in Telugu. Despite the slight Tamil accent, he does it better than anyone else who has dubbed for him before.
Gang is a heist film set in a period backdrop of 1980’s, Suriya and his Gang will pose as CBI agents to loot money from the rich. After many such heists, a real CBI office is on their tail. Do the culprits get caught? is the rest of the story is all about.
Surya Sivakumar is the major man behind this project. The way he performed in the film is amazing and his way of entertaining is splendid. He is solid and strategic as an actor in each and every scene of the film. He carried the film on his shoulders.
Keerthi Suresh played the female protagonist in the film and she impressed. She has got her part well and she impresses big time.
Ramya Krishna, Karthik, Nanda and the others who played the key parts of the film are okay and made their presence felt. Casting wise t, the film is super solid.
Technically, the film is super strong. The cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan is impressive. He has used the colors very well and applied it to the tone of the movie in an impressive manner. The editing has been noticeably well especially in some scenes.
Apart from this, the music scored by Anirudh Ravichander is good and he has got this thing right. The background music is impressive and thumping. On a whole, the film goes well in each and every single aspect regarding the technicalities.
Art Director Kiran should be appreciated for his excellent detailing. But the grading used does not resemble a film of 80s. Production Values are Appropriate.
The first half of the film is good with some engaging moments narrated in an entertaining manner. But the songs act as speed breakers. But then, the second half becomes a little intense but drags a bit here and there. The pace is not up to the mark post the interval while we expect a racy ride. Finally, Gang ends up as an average but enjoyable fare. It may have crossed the line if there are a few more high points, particularly in the second half.
Vignesh Shivan has made enough changes to the serious script. He has come up with neat aspects with entertaining elements and has proved his worth. There is a lot that the film speaks about but everything was in limits and in an entertaining manner and in a light-hearted way.
This is the best thing that can happen to an entertaining film for a festival season. On a whole, Gang is surely a film that everyone has to look up for this festival season
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