How do people narrate a story to an actor or producer? I have heard stories about how some directors would narrate with meticulous detailing. After watching Sketch, I have been thinking how Vijay Chander (Vaalu) would have described the story to Vikram? What would have made the actor choose such a movie? The number of slow-mo shots or the action sequences or it could be the stereotypical dance routines, or it could have been the Geminish hand gesture style or maybe, he was impressed by the forced message at the end. It was baffling to see such a talented actor in the most obnoxious role you can ever see.
The movie is about a group of men headed by Jeeva (Vikram, nicknamed Sketch – you know why) who cease overdue cars from owners. At one point in time (read interval), they confiscate an old car of a gangster to help their employer take revenge. After the incident, Jeeva’s friends die mysteriously, and he tries to investigate. The rest of the movie is about how he finds the real murderers (read twist). In between, add some kuthu songs, a love track and a comedy track.
The problem with the movie is that it has been conceived, shot, acted and directed. The screenplay and characterisations are so predictable that you can guess who is going to die next. But the build-up that they employ for each of the characters is laughable. Everyone including the smallest of the characters gets a slow-mo shot.The makers might have probably thought that the end message and twist would help to salvage the movie, but it looks as forced as Tamanna’s chemistry with Vikram.
I seriously don’t understand why Vikram needs to do such movies. When was the last time, he had a commercial mass masala movie box office hit? His fans or the audience yearn for his acting prowess. They celebrate him when he does a Pithamagan and doesn’t even care whether he does a 10 Endrathukkulla. His Saami 2 has a better chance at the box office due to Hari and nostalgia but is it about time for him to reconsider his choices.
Sketch is a euphemism for a detailed devious plan to grab something or kill someone. Is this ‘Sketch’ made for himself or the audience? I think it’s for both because you are sure to die of boredom at the end of the movie.
I go with 1/5 for Sketch (grace mark).
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P.S., Listen to the song and I am pretty sure it’s eerily similar to Afreen (Raahat Fateh Ali Khan’s version from Coke Studio)
Afreen by Raahat Fateh Ali Khan (Coke Studio) adapted from his father’s original