Vikram Vedha Story
Cast: R. Madhavan as Vikram, Vijay Sethupathi as Vedha, Shraddha Srinath as Priya, Prem as Simon, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Chandra, Kathir as Vignesh aka Puli, R. Amarendran as Sangu as Sangu, Vivek Prasanna as Ravi, and Hareesh Peradi as Cheta.
The film begins with an animated interpretation of the Indian folktale of Vikramarka and Betala where the Vetala (Betala) asks the King Vikramaditya if he can tell a story. The tale of the Vetala correlates with the modern-day lives of Vikram, a brave, honest police inspector who is decisive about right and wrong, and Vedha, a criminal who understands the grey shades between good and evil. Vikram leads an encounter unit formed to eliminate Vedha.
In one such encounter, the squad kills some of Vedha's henchmen, framing the death of a criminal killed by Vikram to avoid further inquiry. When Santhanam, one of the members, is nervous about this, Vikram calms him by saying that he sleeps peacefully knowing the men he shot were criminals. As the unit plans another encounter, Vedha enters the police station and surrenders. When Vikram interrogates Vedha, he offers to tell him a story.
The first story relates how Vedha became a gangster and drug smuggler. Vedha warns his younger brother Vignesh, called Puli due to his arithmetic skills, to stay away from crime, but Puli is forced by a rival gangster, Ravi, to carry drugs. When Puli is caught by the police, he confesses and Ravi is arrested. On his boss Sangu's orders, Ravi assaults Puli, leaving a permanent mark on his hand.
Vedha asks Vikram if he should kill Ravi or Sangu. Vikram replies that Ravi was an instrument; Sangu was the real culprit. Vedha says the answer is correct implying he killed Sangu. Vedha's lawyer, who turns out to be Vikram's wife Priya, intervenes and bails him out. Vikram realises the unarmed person he shot was Puli, based on the mark in his hand. Worried Vedha might try to kill his colleague Simon, Vikram rushes to save him. Will Vikram save Simon and how he finally nabs the storytelling criminal Vedha forms the crux of the story.
Viram Vedha received high critical acclaim including unanimous praise for the lead actors Vijay Sethupathi and R. Madhavan. The screenplay and the directing by the director duo Pushkar and Gayatri was hailed as smart and slick.
At the 65th Filmfare Awards South, Vikram Vedha received nominations in seven categories, including Best Film (Sashikanth) and Best Supporting Actress (Varalaxmi), winning four. Madhavan and Sethupathi received nominations in the Best Actor category with the latter winning the award. Madhavan, in turn, won the Critics Award. The other awards it received were for Best Director (Pushkar–Gayathri) and Best Male Playback Singer (Anirudh for Yaanji).
The film won four of its fifteen nominations at the 10th Vijay Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay Writer (both received by Pushkar–Gayathri), Best Actor (Sethupathi) and Best Background Score (Sam CS). The film also won four Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards, three Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards, two Techofes Awards and an Edison Award.
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