Bigil 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings
Bigil is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language sports action film written and directed by Atlee and produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram under the banner AGS Entertainment. The film stars Vijay in dual role alongside Nayanthara and Jackie Shroff in other prominent roles. The film has music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film’s title, Bigil was announced on 22 June 2019. The film portrays about the life of Rayyappan, a local don and his son Michael (Bigil) a footballer.
Michael takes up his father’s duty as a rowdy after his death, but when opportunity strikes again to fulfill his father’s dream he decides to coach a women’s football team when their coach gets attacked, but the women team players were actually formed by him and it is kept as a long-lasting secret from the women team players for their safety. Michael faces challenges when his women’s football team doesn’t cooperate with him due to his violent background, and also finds himself hunted by some rivals who want revenge. Released theatrically on 25 October 2019, Bigil is also the first Tamil film to be screened in limited IMAX screens.
Bigil 2019 Movie Review
Bigil is, hopefully, a sign of things to come. Along with Nerkonda Paarvai, it shows the way forward for our top stars – the mass heroes. And that is to star in content that suits their larger-than-life persona while at the same time doesn’t compromise on the storytelling.
In Bigil, Vijay plays Michael Rayappan, a football player who had to give up his passion due to personal tragedy that is the result of the violence that surrounds his life. And this same violence offers him a chance to get his life back on track, when his friend Kathir (Kathir), the coach of a women’s football team, is grievously injured.
Michael aka Bigil has to take on the coach’s role so that the dreams of the players, all of whom are from the underprivileged class of the society, and most importantly, that of his father Rayappan (Vijay, again), a do-gooder don who saw sports as a means of social upliftment, come true.
Though it feels uneven, especially in the first half, when Atlee struggles a bit to balance the mass elements with the drama, Bigil becomes more sure-footed as it goes, and proves to be an engaging entertainer. There are scenes, like the one set in a police station, that plays to the gallery and satisfy the fans.
The portions involving Nayanthara, who plays Bigil’s love interest Angel, are fun, and the references to other Vijay hits are nicely done. Vijay is delightfully good in these portions, using his comic timing and swag to great effect. His performance as Rayappan, with a gruff voice and stammer, feels a bit forced, but he makes up for it in a scene set in a railway station that is quite moving.
The sports movie must-haves – a team in disarray, the cold-shouldering of the new coach, his attempt to gain their respect, the antagonist (here, it is Jackie Shroff, as JK Sharma, an upper-class businessman), the on-field drama, and AR Rahman’s anthemic score – ensure that the second half feels like a breeze compared to the labored first half. The girls who form the players in the football team – Indhuja, Reba, Amrita, Indraja and Varsha – get their moments, and do well, though their characters lack depth.
But that is the case with the Bigil film as well. Like the director’s previous films, Bigil, too, lacks depth. And it is overlong. But the calculated attempt to turn the Bigil film into a women empowerment saga works. Even if the film reinforces the male savior complex, you feel glad when a female character, an acid attack survivor, gets the loudest cheer.
Bigil 2019 Movie Story
Michael Rayappan is a don based in Chennai, who works for the welfare of people in his slum. He has a romantic relationship with Angel Aasirvatham, a physiotherapist who comically refuses to marry any groom at the last minute due to their love. He has a running feud with a rival don Daniel. One night, Daniel attacks Michael and his close friend Kathir, who is the coach of the Tamil Nadu women’s football team.
Kathir suffers spinal injuries during the attack, due to which he is paralyzed for a year. To allow the women’s football team to take part in the upcoming National Championship in Delhi, Kathir requests to the Tamil Nadu Football Federation to replace him with his former teammate named “Bigil”, who is none other than Michael. The story of Bigil then shifts to Michael’s past as a football player.
Seven years earlier, Michael was an aspiring footballer and contributed to victories for the Tamil Nadu football team along with Kathir. His father was Rayappan, a don who had a feud with a rival don Alex, who was Daniel’s father. Rayappan encouraged his son’s passion for football, as he did not want him to end up as a criminal like him. When Michael was unable to make it to the Indian football team due to Rayappan’s criminal record, Rayappan personally took up the matter with the All India Football Federation president J. K. Sharma and forcefully ensured Sharma to include Michael and Kathir in the Indian team probable list.
Sadly, Michael’s football career was cut short as he witnessed his father being killed by Alex and Daniel, just when he was about to leave for Delhi to attend the selection trial for the Indian football team. Michael killed Alex in front of Daniel, taking revenge for Rayappan’s death, and stayed back in Chennai to become the new leader of his father’s gang.
In the present day, Michael accepts Kathir’s request to coach the women’s football team and leaves for Delhi with the team, with Angel also accompanying them as team physiotherapist. But due to his criminal background, the girls refuse to co-operate with him, even blaming him for the team’s opening loss to Manipur in the National Championship and requesting the Federation to have him removed. Dejected, Michael gives his resignation to Sharma but soon realizes that Sharma is targeting him in revenge for the humiliation he faced at the hands of Rayappan to allow him into the Indian football team.
Sharma sends armed assailants to attack Michael, however, Michael subdues the assailants and withdraws his resignation. He convinces the girls to support him and starts training them hard with the sole focus of winning the Championship. He even manages to bring back two former key players to boost the team’s strength; Gayathri, a Brahmin girl who had to quit playing football after she was married to a conservative family; and Anitha, who went into depression and refused to leave her room after a man threw acid on her face as she spurned his advances.
Despite Sharma trying to rig the team’s next match against Haryana so that they will be eliminated and sent home, they manage to beat Haryana and win all their remaining matches, eventually qualifying for the Final at Chennai, where they are to play Manipur again.
On the eve of the Final, one of the team’s players, Vembu, is kidnapped and forcefully injected with cocaine by Daniel, who is hired by Sharma in order to sabotage the team’s chances of winning the Championship. Though she recovers, she is unable to play in the final as she would fail the dope test. The team’s captain, Thendral, is also kidnapped by Daniel, who attempts to forcefully inject cocaine on her as well, however, Michael manages to rescue her.
Michael proceeds to kill Daniel once and for all, but when he sees Daniel’s young son, he changes his mind and spares Daniel, as he does not want the young boy’s future to end up like him by seeing his father die. The next day, Tamil Nadu plays the Final against Manipur without Vembu. The match turns out to be a thriller with Tamil Nadu winning the Championship through a penalty shootout. Michael and the team dedicate their success to Kathir, who is watching the match from the dugout in a wheelchair.
During the credits, Michael gets Sharma framed for drug possession, leading to Sharma’s arrest in Malaysia, where he is on a holiday. It is also shown that Michael, no longer a rowdy, takes up football coaching for children, with one of his wards being the son of Daniel, who has made peace with Michael.
Bigil 2019 Movie Cast & Crew
Directed by Atlee
Produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram
Kalpathi S. Ganesh
Kalpathi S. Suresh
Written by Atlee
S. Ramana Girivasan
Screenplay by Atlee
S. Ramana Girivasan
Story by Atlee
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography G. K. Vishnu
Edited by Ruben
Production company AGS Entertainment
Distributed by Screen Scene Media Entertainment
Release date 25 October 2019
Running time 177 minutes
Positive points Of The Movie
- The portions involving Nayanthara, who plays Bigil’s love interest Angel, are fun, and the references to other Vijay hits are nicely done.
- Vijay is delightfully good in these portions, using his comic timing and swag to great effect.
- His performance as Rayappan, with a gruff voice and stammer, feels a bit forced, but he makes up for it in a scene set in a railway station that is quite moving.
Negative points Of The Movie
- The sports movie must-haves – a team in disarray, the cold-shouldering of the new coach, his attempt to gain their respect, the antagonist (here, it is Jackie Shroff, as JK Sharma, an upper-class businessman), the on-field drama, and AR Rahman’s anthemic score – ensure that the second half feels like a breeze compared to the labored first half.
- The girls who form the players in the football team – Indhuja, Reba, Amrita, Indraja and Varsha – get their moments, and do well, though their characters lack depth.
Vijay’s screen presence and an interesting second half make Bigil a worth watching women-centric sports film.