Gang Leader review: A slightly bloated but fun revenge comedy

Vikram K Kumar, who last made Hello with Akhil Akkineni, returns strongly with a revenge comedy that has its heart in the right place.
Gang Leader review: A slightly bloated but fun revenge comedyGang Leader review: A slightly bloated but fun revenge comedy
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Gang Leader  

Gang Leader Cast: Nani, Lakshmi, Priyanka Arul Mohan, Saranya Ponvannan and Karthikeya Gummakonda

Gang Leader Director: Vikram K Kumar

Gang Leader Stars: 3/5

Vikram K Kumar, who last made Hello with Akhil Akkineni, returns strongly with a revenge comedy that has its heart in the right place. Gang Leader features Nani in the role of a crime novelist who hasn’t written anything original so far. When a group of bereaved women approach him with an offer to help them avenge the death of their loved ones, he sees a potential revenge story that he could write and finally prove himself as a writer. He agrees to help and plan the plot for revenge and the events that follow form the crux of the story.

It’s rare of a mainstream hero to headline a film that has more scope for its women but Nani, who plays Pencil Parthasarthy, still manages to impress in a role that fits him like a glove.  He leads a team of women who are desperate for revenge and along the way finds a family in them. With revenge as its core theme, you expect Gang Leader to get serious at some point but it mostly maintains a lighthearted tone even after revealing the protagonist. While the film’s lighthearted tone works effectively in the first half with the jokes aiding the screenplay, the film dips a little post interval and struggles to stay afloat as it tries to sanitize the crime angle with an emotional sub-plot.

Vikram Kumar does a neat job with the casting, especially having veteran actor Lakshmi play a crucial role is a masterstroke. Newcomer Priyanka Arul Mohan makes a confident debut and she’s a terrific find. Saranya Ponvannan, a very popular name in Tamil cinema, ends up playing yet another mother role but one that’s devoid of everything that makes her character predictable. Nani uses his impeccable comic timing to great use and he single-handedly scores in most scenes in the first half.

A major plot twist in the second half saves Gang Leader from ending on a very predictable and boring note. Vikram Kumar deserves some credit for smart writing and using a twist effectively to deceive the audience. Anirudh Ravichander’s score, especially Ra Ra theme track, beautifully elevates the mood of the revenge sequences. Vikram Kumar sets up Gang Leader in such a way that it makes you expect a lot from it. However, the film doesn’t quite live up to its image and takes a commercial route to appeal to the masses. 

  

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