Mersal (movie)

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Directed byAtlee
Written byAtlee
Screenplay byK. V. Vijayendra Prasad
S. Ramana Girivasan
Produced byN. Ramasamy
Hema Rukmani
H. Murali
CinematographyG. K. Vishnu
Edited byRuben
Music bySongs:
A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
Distributed bySri Thenandal Films
Release date
  • 18 October 2017 (2017-10-18) (Worldwide)[1]
Running time
163 minutes[2][3]
Budget120 crore[4]
Box officeest.260 crore[5][6](see below)

Mersal (transl. Zapped) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language action thriller movie[7] directed and co-written by Atlee. It was produced by Thenandal Studio Limited. The movie stars Vijay with S. J. Surya, Kajal, Samantha, and Nithya Menen. Vijay is playing a triple role in this movie for the first time.

Synopsis[change | change source]

The story revolves around two brothers in which one is a magician who avenges his father's death and medical crimes. Another is a reputed doctor who takes a small amount of money from his patients.

Cast[change | change source]

Release[change | change source]

Mersal was released worldwide on 18 October 2017, which coincides with the Diwali festival. Before its release, the movie faced problems regarding title issues,[8] and censorship because, the film refused to approve NoC from the Animal Welfare Board of India for the use of few animals without permission.[9] As a result, Central Board of Film Certification refused approval for censorship. On 16 October 2017, the film received a U/A certificate from CBFC,[10] with few cuts after receiving NoC from AWBI.

Reception[change | change source]

Mersal received positive reviews from critics.[11] The Times of India gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and said "With Mersal, we have got this year's most engaging mass masala movie. When you have a mass hero in full form like Vijay is in the film, how can things go wrong?".[12] The Indian Express also gave 3.5 out of 5 stars and said "Atlee has not just exploited Vijay's stardom to deliver a flamboyant crowd-pleaser (which he did in Theri already) but has fleshed out an interesting script that plays up the best onscreen traits of the actor".

Soundtrack[change | change source]

A. R. Rahman composed the soundtrack album and background score of Mersal, teaming up with Vijay for the third time, after his films Udhaya(2004), and Azhagiya Tamizh Magan (2007), and his first collaboration with Atlee. The lyrics for the film were written by Vivek, who also teams up with Rahman for the first time.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Aalaporaan Thamizhan" Kailash Kher, D. Sathyaprakash, Deepak Blue, Pooja Vaidyanath 5:48
2. "Neethanae" Shreya Ghoshal, A. R. Rahman 4:29
3. "Maacho" Sid Sriram, Shweta Mohan 4:35
4. "Mersal Arasan" G.V. Prakash Kumar, Naresh Iyer, Sharanya Srinivas, T. G. Vishwaprasad 4:16

References[change | change source]

  1. "Vijay's Mersal release date is here". 8 October 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  3. "MERSAL | British Board of Film Classification". Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  4. "Mersal box office collection: Vijays film crosses Rs 20 crore in Kerala". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. "Bigil's budget crosses the 140-crore-mark; making it the most expensive Vijay film till date!". Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  6. "அடேங்கப்பா, பாக்ஸ் ஆபிஸ் வசூல் இவ்வளவா? மெர்சல் சாதனையை முறியடித்த 'சர்கார்'!". Samayam Tamil (in Tamil). 24 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  7. "MERSAL — British Board of Film Classification". Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  8. "HC stops Vijay film team from using the title 'Mersal'". Archived from the original on 2018-12-26. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  9. "Vijay's 'Mersal' in AWBI trouble? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  10. "A really proud moment for Thalapathy Vijay, his fans and Tamil cinema - Tamil News". 17 October 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  11. "Mersal Box Office collection: Vijay's film to enter Rs. 250 crore club". 24 November 2017.
  12. "Mersal Review {3.5/5}: When you have a mass hero in full form like Vijay is in the film, how can things go wrong?". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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