Tamil Superstar Suriya has a considerable fan base in Telugu States. He always tried new roles and picks up a novel story to enthral crowds. This time, he has chosen the remake of Special 26. But there have been enormous changes in the script to suit the local sensitivities. And the changes work miraculously and gives us a sense that it is a new, straight film. Vignesh Shivn offered a perfect edge of the seat heist thriller showcasing Suriya in a terrific role. This is Suriya’s single-man show.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak (Suriya) is son of a pune who works in CBI office. Tilak is an aspiring CBI officer. Despite sincere attempt, he is not selected by the office due to a senior CBI officer Uttam Das (Suresh Chandra Menon) who has a personal grudge on Tilak’s father. Tilak was asked to pay bribe. Unable to give the bribe, Tilak is depressed and distressed. Meanwhile, Tilak’s close-friend who aspires to become a police sub-inspector goes through similar experience. He commits suicide as unable to pay the bribe. This leaves an indelible mark on Tilak. He chooses an operation and selects a few people, and forms a Gang. This Gang does fake rides on the corrupt people and loots money.
This is for a cause. Tilak has a secret operation. His network is so wide. He has a love story too. He is in love with an orphan (Keerthy Suresh) who cons at smaller-level and yes, for a cause too – taking care of her caretaker’s family. What is the mission of the Gang? Who are all in the Gang? How do they operate? Finally, did cops nab them?
Gang (originally called as Thaana Serndha Koottam in Tamil) sees one of the finest cast and performances. Suriya is a treat to watch. In the beginning he says, “Eppudu Police Ena? For a change, I want to be a CBI officer.” This indicates that the film has something new to offer. Living up to it, Suriya is seen in a never-seen-before thief with a golden heart.
Ramyakrishna as Bujjamma alias Jhansi Rani has a very interesting role. Funny at times, emotional at other times, she makes her presence felt. All the members of gang make a mark. Shiva Shankar master, Senthil, Sathyan all deliver their best. Karthik is seen as a strict, honest CBI officer Siva Shankar who is pretty smart, intelligent. He cracks the crucial case in just a week. Suresh Chandra Menon, who essays the role of a corrupt CBI officer Uttam Das, is the main culprit. He is good as baddie. And yes, he learns a lesson at the end. Vignesh Shivn has chosen apt cast for the roles making it look like very natural heist drama.
Vignesh Shivn’s Direction
Touted to be the remake of Akshay Kumar’s Special 26 i.e based on true story of the 1987 Opera House heist in Mumbai, Gang is a befitting remake that justifies the original. The emotion has been carried out well. Suriya and Ramya Krishna carry off the film on their shoulders.
One cannot help but remains as classics such as Shankar’s Gentleman and Chiranjeevi and AR Murugudoss’ Tagore. But this is Suriya and Vignesh Shivn’s take on corruption, unemployment and Robin Hood-style heists. And it is not completely serious film though. It has romance that works well between the lead pair Suriya and Keerthy Suresh. Humour is not forced. It appeals. On the whole, Gang packs a punch.
Gang is a perfect heist thriller. It keeps you hooked till the end. Suriya’s Gang is a must watch. Don’t miss it this festive season.