Action (2019 film)

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Action
Action Tamil Film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySundar C.
Written bySubha
Badri
(Dialogues)
Screenplay bySundar C.
Venkat Ragavan
Subha
Story bySundar C.
Produced byR. Ravindran
Starring
CinematographyDudley
Edited byN. B. Srikanth
Music byHiphop Tamizha
Production
company
Release date
  • 15 November 2019 (2019-11-15)
Running time
157 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Action is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action film[1] written and directed by Sundar C. and produced by R. Ravindran under his banner Trident Arts. The film stars Vishal and Tamannaah as army officers Subhash and Diya, who embark on a globetrotting mission to hunt down a terrorist. The film co-stars Akanksha Puri, Aishwarya Lekshmi, marking the debut in Tamil cinema, Ramki, Chaya Singh, Yogi Babu, and Kabir Duhan Singh. The music was composed by Hiphop Tamizha. It also marks Vishal's second collaborations with Sundar C. after Aambala and with Tamannaah after Kaththi Sandai. Sundar C makes a cameo appearance.[2][3]

Action was released theatrically on 15 November 2019 and received praise for action sequences, cast performances and soundtrack, but criticism directed towards the writing.[4] It was an average venture at the box office, but was a success in its Hindi-dubbed version, which was released in 2020.[5]

Plot[edit]

Indian Army Colonel Subhash fights off a group of men in Istanbul and rescuing his Lieutenant Diya. He interrogates one of the men and Subhash proceeds to shoot the last man.

In a flashback, Subhash's father, who is the CM of Tamil Nadu, retires to be succeeded by his elder son Saravanan. Subhash calls his whole family along with his lover, Meera for a short trip, but Diya is silently in love with Subhash. During a campaign involving the Prime Ministerial candidate Guptaji, Saravanan finds out that his friend Deepak has fled after extracting 40 crore (US$5.0 million) on loan. When he calls Deepak, Deepak tells him to leave the ceremony. On the other hand, Subhash tries to converse with Meera during the campaign and sends her a message. Realizing that she left her phone in the car, Meera goes to the parking lot, where her phone gets exchanged with that of a killer. After noting the killer duo's vehicle number, Meera tries to escape but gets attacked and brutally stomped to death by a woman disguised as a cop.

Retrieving the phone, she gives a call to the cell bomb placed in a cooler at the stage. The bomb goes off, knocking down Saravanan and his family while killing Guptaji. Subhash gets shattered to find Meera's corpse, while Saravanan gets framed for the assassination with the help of Deepak. Having recorded a conversation with Deepak, Saravanan calls for a press conference at his house amidst violent protests, but is found hanging in his room thus making the media believe that he was involved.

Subhash finds out about the killer woman through the vehicle number Meera noted on her palm. Looking at the tattoo on her neck in the CCTV footage at the vehicle store and her phone's screen, Subhash manages to track her, through further investigations finds that she is Kiara, who is a contract killer in London. With the help of a hacker named Jack, Subhash manages to trace Kaira and fights off her henchmen and kill her by hanging her in the same way she killed and hanged Saravanan to death.

Subhash then arrives in Istanbul and is joined by his brother-in-law and Diya. Targeting Deepak's account, they plan to extract the money. The mission goes as planned, and Subhash succeeds in retrieving the money from Deepak's account. However, the trio traces Deepak's location and finds him in Algornia where they find him dead and a chase ensues, resulting in a heroic escape. Subhash realises a cop, posing as a blind man has killed Deepak and framed him. They find that the cop is none other than the police commissioner of Istanbul. Using Diya as a bait, Subhash lures the cop and his henchmen into a trap and fights them off.

Back to the present, Subhash threatens to kill the cop, who then reveals that Syed Ibrahim Malik, a Pakistan-based wanted terrorist is the real conspirator behind the explosion. With the help of his Lt. General Rehman, Subhash decides to bring Malik to India on his own where Diya accompanies him, They reach Lahore illegally where a covert operative named Imran introduces him to Malik's location and armed forces. Learning of Malik's daughter's wedding, Diya enters the house with a fake ID card during the celebrations and secretly drops flammable balls which led to a fire accident during the sunrise. Malik is ordered by the Pakistan Army General Tahir Iqbal to accompany his officers to a safe house. Using the opportunity, Subhash chases after the vehicle and successfully takes Malik hostage. Following a car chase, he manages to escape while Diya and Imran wait for him at the airport. However, Malik is left in the car.

Tahir admits him to a hospital where he realises it's his body double who was ordered by Malik himself to accompany Tahir's army, due to being held on gunpoint by Subhash. The two engage in hand-to-hand combat, following which Subash captured him. Both disguised, the gang board the plane. before Tahir intervenes and orders to stop it after the airport authorities identify Subhash. The flight to India is stopped and Tahir rushes inside, only to realise Subhash and his team took off in a flight to Nepal. Landing in Nepal, Subhash hands over Malik to the INA. During an event honouring Saravanan after more conspirators including Saravanan's senior and ex-PM candidate Varma are arrested, where it is revealed that Subhash killed Malik during a staged escape.

Cast[edit]

  • Vishal as Col.Subash, Indian Army Intelligence officer, and Saravanan's younger brother
  • Tamannaah as Lt.Diya, Subhash's partner and second love interest
  • Akanksha Puri as Kaira (#killergirl), a professional killer who kills people for money. (Voiceover by Sakshi Agarwal)
  • Aishwarya Lekshmi as Meera, Subhash's first love interest and Kayalvizhi's younger sister, who later killed by Kaira
  • Ramki as Saravanan, Subhash's elder brother, and Deputy CM, later killed by Kaira
  • Chaya Singh as Kayalvizhi, Saravanan's wife, Meera's elder sister, and Subash's sister-in-law
  • Aarav Chowdhary as Imran Khaleel, an Indian agent in Pakistan
  • Sayaji Shinde as Lt. General Rehman, Subash's chief
  • Kabir Duhan Singh as Syed Ibrahim Malik [Malik], a global terrorist who hides in Pakistan and his body double used for escape
  • Sha Ra as Maya Kannan, Subash's brother-in-law and college mate who works in Turkey for the Indian Embassy
  • Yogi Babu as Jack, an Indian hacker who helps Subhash
  • Rajasri Nair as Subhash's sister and Maya Kannan's wife
  • Pala. Karuppiah as Chief Minister, Subash's father
  • Vincent Asokan as Deepak Mehta, Saravanan's friend
  • Bharath Reddy as Bharath Rao,Police Officer, Subhash's friend who helps in catching the contract Killer
  • Ashwanth Ashokkumar as Ashwanth, Kayalvizhi's son
  • Yuri Suri as Tahir Iqbal, Pakistan army general who takes the lead of Malik's house security
  • Ravi Venkatraman as Commissioner
  • Sundar C. as a passerby in a cameo appearance
  • Amin Hajee as Defence Minister

Soundtrack[edit]

Action
Soundtrack album by
Released30 October 2019
Recorded2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length18:36
LanguageMuzik247
ProducerHiphop Tamizha
Hiphop Tamizha chronology
Comali
(2019)
Action
(2019)
Naan Sirithal
(2020)

The soundtrack album is composed by Hiphop Tamizha, collaborating with Vishal and Sundar. C for their previous outing Aambala. The lyrics were written by Pa. Vijay, Hiphop Tamizha, Arivu, Paul B Sailus, and Navz47.

The album features five tracks, and all of them were released as singles, before being released as an album on 30 October 2019.

The original version of the song, was performed by Hiphop Adhi and Paul B Sailus.[6]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Nee Sirichalum"Pa. VijaySadhana Sargam, Jonita Gandhi, Srinisha Jayaseelan4:38
2."Lights Camera Action" (Rap: Hiphop Tamizha, Paul B Sailus)Hiphop Tamizha, Paul B SailusKaushik Krish, Rajan Chelliah3:01
3."Maula Maula"Pa. VijayNikhita Gandhi, Kutle Khan, Bamba Bakya3:51
4."Azhage"Hiphop TamizhaNakul Abhyankar4:49
5."Fiyah Fiyah"Hiphop Tamizha, Navz47, ArivuNavz473:06
Total length:19:25

Release[edit]

The official teaser was released on 13 September 2019,[7] followed by the trailer which was released on 27 October 2019.[8] The film was theatrically released in India on 15 November 2019.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Action received mixed reviews from critics.[10] Firstpost gave 2 out of 5 stars stating "Vishal, Tamannaah starrer is a formulaic entertainer with no proper storyline. If only the film had a script with some logic and was a bit racier, it could have been a time pass entertainer".[11] The Times of India gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating, "A handful of action set pieces, set in exotic locales, strung together by a semblance of a plot. If you dig the corniness of the lines and the OTT-ness of the stunts, then you might be able to enjoy the film".[12] Sify gave 2 out of 5 stars stating "Action is a below-average action thriller from Sundar C- Vishal combo".[13] Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "Like any self-respecting popcorn entertainer, there are OTT moments aplenty. Killer mehndi cones? Bring ’em on. But there’s always a little surprise around the corner".[14]

Box office[edit]

Action failed commercially; Made on a budget of INR 44 crore, it collected INR 7.7 crore in Tamil Nadu box office and INR 4 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Having assured the producers he would bear the losses if the film did not collect a minimum of INR 20 crore and compensate by doing a film for them, the production company Trident Arts filed a petition against Vishal for making the film under his own banner. Following the petition, Vishal was ordered by the Madras High Court to compensate for the losses incurred.[15]

Home media[edit]

The Satellite Rights of the film were sold to Vijay TV and began streaming on Amazon Prime Video from 16 December 2019. The film was released on DVD in Japan on 4 November 2020.[16] The film was later dubbed in Hindi and directly premiered on Sony Max and released on YouTube by Goldmines Telefilms on 4 October 2020.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Action (2019)". Irish Film Classification Office.
  2. ^ "Tamannaah to team up with Vishal again". India Today. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Vishal plays a Commando in Sundar C's 'Action'!". Sify. 15 August 2019. Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Action movie review and ratings: Live updates". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Not lost in translation: Why the Hindi dubbed versions of South Indian films are in demand". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 October 2020. The Hindi-dubbed version of Tamil film Action starring Vishal and Tamannaah Bhatia — a film which underperformed critically and commercially upon release — has 74 million views on YouTube in under three weeks of its upload.
  6. ^ "Rana Turns Rapper For Vishal!". Mirchi9. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Action Teaser - Vishal, Tamannaah I Hiphop Tamizha - Sundar.C - Official". YouTube. Lahari Music. 15 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Action Official Trailer". YouTube. 27 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Vishal`s Action pushed to November!". Sify Movies. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Action Review: Here is what critics say about Vishal and Tamannaah-starrer". International Business Times, Singapore Edition. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Action movie review: Vishal, Tamannaah starrer is a formulaic entertainer with no proper storyline". Firstpost. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Action Movie Review". Times of India. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Action review: A below-average action thriller". Sify. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Action Movie Review: Vishal And Sundar C Deliver What The Title Promises In An Enjoyably OTT Thriller". FilmCompanion.
  15. ^ "Action: Madras HC orders actor Vishal to compensate losses incurred". India Today. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  16. ^ "ACTION アクション!!". Curiouscope.jp.
  17. ^ Action (2020) New Released Hindi Dubbed Full Movie | Vishal, Tamannaah, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Yogi Babu, retrieved 31 January 2022

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