|Cast:||Suriya, Keerthy Suresh|
|Directed by:||Vignesh Shivan|
|Produced by:||K.E. Gnanavel Raja|
|Music by:||Anirudh Ravichander|
|Release Date:||January 12, 2018|
Gang - Story
Uttam Das(Suriya) is a young man whose dreams of becoming a CBI officer are shattered by some corrupted officials. Upset with this, he himself forms his own gang and starts riding the businesses of big shots as a fake CBI officer. To nab Uttam, a special cop(Karthick) is appointed by the government. The rest of the story is how Uttam Das manages to dodge the CBI officials and comes out successfully.
Gang - Star Performance
Suriya is a livewire on screen, as he's at his Energetic best, be it the dialogue delivery or the stunning dance moves, or the casual wit, he amazes with his natural charm and lively screen presence and improved modulation. Ramya Krishnan is too good in her character. She reprises Anupam Kher role. While Senthil and Sathyan try hard to evoke laughs, it results in vain. Keerthy Suresh looks out of place for most part of the movie, and her performance is poor, with nervousness written all over. Karthik looks energetic and he reprises Manoj role from the original. At times he's made to look like a loud caricature with his wild antics that are rather annoying than appealing.
Gang - Technical Team
Though the basic plot is inspired by the Bollywood film Special 26, director Vignesh Shivan has made enough changes to suit the taste of the South audience. His narration is good but he should have taken proper care in writing an engaging screenplay during the second half. Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is good as he kept the film’s narration short and crisp. Cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan is impressive as he succeeded in bringing the 80’s feel to the film. Music by Anirudh is a big let down as none of his songs are decent to listen. Production values for this big budget film are good.
Gang - Analysis
But to be honest, Vignesh Shivn has let go of an opportunity to recreate a massive entertainer, as he has completely messed with the screenplay, lacing it with an overdose of intended comedy, that actually bores than evoking laughs. The whole gang and their gameplan are made to look funny on screen, but end up as a joke on the audience, with only Suriya's act acting as a saving grace for the movie. While Keerthy Suresh is given a funny role that's sure to be a subject of trolls, the rest of the cast including Veterans like Ramya Krishnan and Karthik are completely underutilized, making Gang, a okayish experience, despite having a crisp runtime of just a little more than 2 hours. All Said, with poor execution of a great plot and some interesting performances by Suriya and Ramya in vain, Gang is just above the pass mark!
Gang - Trailer