Gang Leader Movie Review

2.75/5
2 Hrs 37 M | Comedy Thriller | 2019-09-13
CAST

Nani, Priyanka Arul Mohan, Karthikeya, Lakshmi, Saranya, Priyadarshi, Vennela Kishore and Others

Director - Vikram K Kumar
Producer - Naveen, Ravi, Mohan
Banner - Mythri Movie Makers
Music - Anirudh Ravichander

Vikram Kumar is known for making entertaining movies with a different treatment and Nani is always a bankable actor. Their combination has raised expectations and the promos had shown promise. Did Gang Leader live up to pre-release expectations?

What is it about?

Pencil Parthasaradhi (Nani) is a writer who copies ideas from Hollywood movies. Revenge is the theme of his novels and a gang of five ladies chooses him to help them avenge the death of their family members. Pencil sees this as an opportunity to write an original novel. But who is the villain they are after? Can these vulnerable people take on the powerful man?

Performances:

Nani is as reliable as always with his superb comedy timing and performance. He is in form as Pencil and made some very ordinary moments shine with his skills. Karthikeya looked suave and stylish as the villain. But his characterization is uneven. Priyanka is cute and did her bit. Lakshmi has some fun moments here and there. The little girl is cute too. Vennela Kishore's comedy worked in both the scenes. Priyadarshi appears in a couple of scenes.

Technicalities:

Vikram Kumar who usually likes to deal things in a complex way has chosen to make an entertaining movie without any complexities. He looked to be in command until the intermission point, but lost the grip over narrative post interval. Last half an hour of the film makes you wonder if Vikram is the director for this or not.  

Anirudh's songs are good, but they come as a part of the story. So songs don't leave a mark, but background score is impressive. Cinematography is top notch. Dialogues are bland. Editing is adequate. Production values are good.

Thumbs Up:

Nani

Comedy in First Half

Thumbs Down:

Predictable

Villain's character

Second half

Pre Climax and Climax

Analysis:

Gang Leader starts off on an interesting note with an old lady bringing all the women who lost their loved ones together. They don't know who they are after, but seek the help of a 'revenge' writer to find him. Initial scenes are super fun with Pencil character stealing the show with his show off as a successful writer. This vulnerable group of women teaming up with an inefficient writer promises lots of fun. And they deliver some genuinely hilarious moments at the beginning, but the screenplay gets too convenient making things very easy for the Gang and their Leader.

The film is on track until the villain remains anonymous. Problems arise once the back story of the villain is revealed. In spite of a few shortcomings, first half is fairly decent. The same cannot be said about the second half, which turned out to be a major disappointment. A group of ordinary women and a random person taking on a powerful bad guy sets it up perfectly for a thrilling ride. But the director makes it too easy for the weak protagonists who are hardly challenged by the villain. The characterization of antagonist turns out very weak that he doesn't seem like a threat at any moment.

Gang Leader keeps losing steam as it moves forward. Pre climax scenes are badly written. Lakshmi going to an old age home doesn't add any value to the story except for dragging it a bit more. Even that twist also fails to excite the viewers and the rushed climax where the hand to hand fight between Nani and Karthikeya falls flat. Second half is narrated in an uninteresting style unlike Vikram's previous films. It is surprising to see such a lazy output from the director who usually puts a lot of thought into the writing.

On a whole, Gang Leader is an average film that couldn't live up to its expectations. A few fun moments and Nani's terrific performance are its strengths but the weaknesses outweigh these and leave the audience unsatisfied. Both the director and the actor have set high standards for themselves and the film turns out to be an underwhelming experience.

Verdict: Loses Steam Midway!