– REEMA CHHABDA
Veera Raghavan (Vijay) is a RAW agent who has left the agency after a young civilian was killed while he was on a mission. He blames himself for the child’s death and seeks counselling from a psychotherapist. He and Preethi (Pooja Hegde) happen to be visiting a mall in Chennai when it is hijacked by a terrorist organisation. The terrorists are negotiating with government officer Althaf Hussain (Selvaraghavan) to have the head of the operation, Umar Farook, released. The story of Beast tells how Veera Raghavan saves hostages in a mall and defeats terrorists.
Beast’s story isn’t particularly original, so the presentation of the screenplay is crucial. Nelson Dilipkumar has catered to Vijay’s followers by incorporating a number of applause-worthy moments that will make them jump for pleasure. Veera Raghavan is one of the more well-developed characters in the Beast universe. In Nelson’s Beast, Vijay is charming and entertaining. In a lot of ways, the deadpan humour worked brilliantly.
However, the film suffers from a lack of originality. There is no compelling antagonist to oppose Vijay and keep the proceedings exciting. It’s all Vijay’s show, and he’s the star of this cliched thriller. Vijay seems at ease and gives a memorable performance, whether it’s through his flair, dance, or dialogue delivery.
The screenplay for director Nelson Dilipkumar’s Beast could have made for an interesting action thriller. The framing by cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa and editor Nirmal were outstanding.
Thalapathy Vijay’s performance is unquestionably one of the film’s highlights. Pooja Hegde has a lovely role, but her character isn’t particularly important to the plot.
Selvaraghavan is cast in a solid part and delivers a natural performance. In Beast, comedians VTV Ganesh, Yogi Babu, Sathish, and a slew of others give random laughs. Beast could have been a lot more fun with actors like VTV Ganesh, Yogi Babu, Redin Kingsley, and others. The film and its director, on the other hand, chose to focus mostly on Vijay.
After Vijay, Beast’s hero is composer Anirudh Ravichander. Anirudh once again displays why he is one of today’s top composers with a pounding background score.
Thalapathy Vijay worked extremely hard to preserve this cliched thriller, but he was only partly successful.