‘Bigil’ starring Vijay and Nayanthara hit the screens on Friday amid high expectations. Has the film delivered? Find out what the prominent media houses had to say about this sports drama film.
Firstpost: Vijay’s Bigil, directed by Atlee, is an adrenaline pumping mass entertainer, with a message on women empowerment and football used as a motivational tool. In a way it is also an underdog tale as you will root for the coach and his players, who have to move mountains due to family pressures, and surpass their difficulties.
The New Indian Express: Towards the end, this film, that is ostensibly about women empowerment and dedicated to women no less, exposes its true intentions when it suggests that the eleven women on the football ground are like 11 versions of Bigil. In this film coldly, cunningly designed to offer guilty entertainment to forgiving admirers of the star, this is probably its most honest moment.
Times Of India: Like the director’s previous films, Bigil, too, lacks depth. And it is overlong. But the calculated attempt to turn the film into a women empowerment saga works. Even if the film reinforces the male saviour complex, you feel glad when a female character, an acid attack survivor, gets the loudest cheer.
Sify: Bigil relies squarely on the charm of its leading man and Vijay dives into the character with an enthusiasm we haven’t seen before. It is a paisa vasool mass, sports-action-entertainer which is sure to be enjoyed by the masses and family audiences.
Behindwoods: Vijay gives us a completely memorable portrayal of Rayappan and Michael. But the film could have been more satisfying had the makers trimmed the unwanted romantic and action sequences and had given more importance to the sports drama. Overall, Bigil is an engaging star vehicle with sports as its backdrop, which could satisfy the family audience during the festival season.
The Hindu: While Bigil’s first half barely passes muster – it mostly sets the stage for its characters – the second half is when things really kick off, literally, because it is sprinkled with football matches.
India Today: The thought of leading a women’s football team to victory is a welcome move. But when a film is dedicated to women, it shouldn’t just graze the surface. Body shaming in the name of inspiration, hand-holding a team and taking decisions for them is not women empowerment.
Hindustan Times: Bigil is excruciatingly long and if not for the football portion which is executed on a grand scale and visuals, the film would’ve struggled to stay afloat.
Galatta: The makers have tried to infuse a lot of messages through a single film, but only a few work well. If predictability is a worry for you, then Bigil might appeal one step lower, but if that isn’t a problem, Bigil can surely be enjoyed. In a nutshell, Bigil is an entertaining and inspiring sports drama that works due to its packaging.
Deccan Chronicle: Perhaps Atlee should have taken a more gritty and realistic approach where the villains are discrete and the problems more complex than they seem. For a while, you need to force yourself to sit through this one. Eventually, you do walk away feeling good that the applause were for the footballers involved.
The film directed by Atlee also features Vivekh, Yogi Babu, Kathir, Indhuja amongst others. While ‘Mersal’ fame GK Vishnu has handled the cinematography, Ruben has taken care of the cuts.
Oscar winner AR Rahman’s songs have already gathered views in millions on YouTube. It is speculated that Archana Kalpathi of AGS Entertainment has spent over Rs 180 crore for this film. It will definitely be interesting to see if this Vijay-starrer can recover the production cost.
Vijay-Atlee combo has already struck gold with the previous collaborations ‘Theri’ and ‘Mersal’.